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Business leaders to share expertise with social enterprises and charities at Leeds summit

Renowned business adviser to social entrepreneurs Karen Leigh Anderson will headline a special summit in Leeds later this month aimed at boosting the profit margins of social enterprises and small charities.

Hosted at Unity Business Centre in Chapeltown, she will give a presentation on board recruitment, social enterprise governance and social franchising.

There will also be a wide-ranging Q&A session led by the Realistic Business Consortium, an organisation which offers premium business expertise and advice to organisations that might not have the resources to access such support in the conventional market.

Additionally, Key Fund, which provides funding options for sustainable community and social enterprises unable to secure support elsewhere, will be in attendance to answer questions about social investment.

Unity Business Centre is one of three sites operated by Unity Enterprise, the not-for-profit subsidiary of housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise, to support entrepreneurial activity in Leeds.

Adrian Green, Unity Enterprise Manager, has urged local social enterprises and small charities to sign up for free to attend the summit.

He said: “Unity is excited to host this networking and clinic session.

“We are grateful to Karen for offering share to share her expertise, particularly in social enterprise governance and constitution as well as social franchising and licensing.

“Representatives of Realistic Business Consortium and Key Fund will also bring a wealth of business knowledge and first-hand experience to share with attendees.”

Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise Chief Executive, said: “Hosting this summit underlines our absolute and ongoing commitment to support enterprise, endeavour and achievement in local communities.

“The level of business expertise on hand is immense and will make a positive impact on those who come along.

“We expect a strong turnout of local social enterprises and small charities for a first class event.”

The summit will take place at Unity Business Centre, Roundhay Road, Leeds on 25 May from 8.30-10.30 am.

Limited places are available by calling Unity Enterprise on Tel: 0113 2425996.

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Picture Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise Chief Executive (right), and Adrian Green, Unity Enterprise Manager   Notes to editors Unity Homes and Enterprise Unity Housing Association was formed in 1987 with the objective of building a strong, BME-led, community housing association to address the needs of black and minority ethnic communities in Leeds.  The initial focus was on Chapeltown, but this has widened to other areas of the city including Harehills, Beeston, Holbeck, Chapel Allerton and Pudsey.  Alongside two schemes in Huddersfield, a new affordable housing development has recently been completed in Cleckheaton.  With a turnover of £6.8 million and an annual investment in new and existing homes of around £6.5 million, Unity now manages over 1,350 properties for tenants from all communities and ethnic backgrounds. In 2000 the association established its not-for-profit subsidiary company, Unity Enterprise, to support local entrepreneurial activity.  It now provides 142 affordable business units for more than 80 diverse businesses across three centres in Leeds. Unity Employment Services (UES) was set-up in 2011 to support Unity tenants and their surrounding communities in accessing employment and training opportunities.  It has since supported more than 1,700 individuals into work and training.

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