Placing people and communities before profits
Working with stakeholders, our overriding objective is to grow the size and impact of the social enterprise sector in Hertfordshire helping bring income, jobs and investment into the county.
Third sector organisations (non-profit-making organisations including charities, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups) play a vital role in helping the public sector deliver health & social care and community services as well as affordable housing in Hertfordshire. 12,000 organisations provide jobs and volunteering opportunities for over 150,000 residents and contribute £2 billion to the Hertfordshire economy. Well known organisations include Age UK Hertfordshire, Herts Independent Living Services and the Willow Foundation.
In addition, the Third Sector makes a substantial and growing indirect contribution to the economy, not least through delivering support services for the NHS, Herts County Council and borough/district/parish councils. This requires a huge amount of work by volunteers, taking pressure off public services and the public purse.
Third Sector organisations help protect and improve residents health and well-being and it is Hertfordshire's collective duty to ensure they receive adequate support.
However, due to cutbacks in central and local government grants, competition and difficulty in recruiting volunteers, most third sector organisations in the county are struggling to survive. Half of charities, for example, do not have confidence that they can fund all their charitable objectives in 2020 with income being the biggest concern.
Working with stakeholders, we seek to address this by ensuring third sector organisations receive the information, advice, funding and training they need to raise their trading ability and secure social investment. In turn, enhance their economic viability, sustainability, social and environmental impact and contribution to the Hertfordshire economy.
About the Founder
Nigel Farren, Enterprise Hertfordshire's Founder has 45 years + real-world business experience. His know-how spans operations, finance, sales, marketing, HR, legal and IT in the private, public and third sectors.
Former responsibilities include Managing Director, Europe for a world-leading publishing company; Head of UK Corporate Banking for a world top 10 bank; CEO of a social enterprise helping people in fuel poverty and Managing Director of four start-ups, one becoming market leader in Europe. Voluntary positions included Adviser to the UK Government on community energy, Trustee of a social enterprise in the sport/leisure sector and Trustee of an umbrella organisation for the voluntary and community sector.
He understands the challenges people face when trying to establish a new enterprise - or keep an established one alive - amid harsh realities. He knows the challenges aren't just about handling everyday administrative tasks, the competition, client service, funding and finding the best staff, partners and suppliers. There just as much about trying to sustain relationships with family, friends and colleagues whilst working long hours under great stress. He knows because he's been there. Taken risks, made mistakes, lost money and felt the deep pain of failure - as well as the incredible joy of success.
Using this experience, he can help you avoid making mistakes he made. From making difficult decisions to reaching important milestones, he is fueled by a passionate commitment to excellence and will go the extra mile to make sure you are fully satisfied with his work.
If you would like to have an exploratory conversation to see how we can help, please give Nigel a call on 07531 591739. You have nothing to lose but everything to potentially gain.