Helping charities, social enterprises and other Third Sector organisations across Hertfordshire
Our overriding priority is to grow the social economy in Hertfordshire through development of the charitable and social enterprise sectors, creating employment, regenerating communities and creating social impact.
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 Herts. 12,000 organisations provide jobs and volunteering opportunities for over 150,000 residents and contribute in excess of £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 Hertfordshire economy, not least through delivering support services for the NHS, Herts County Council and the 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 our health and well-being and it is in all our best interests
and our collective duty to ensure they receive adequate support.
However, due to cutbacks in government grants, competition, difficulty in recruiting volunteers etc, many 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 next year with income being the biggest concern.
We seek to address this by providing the information, advice and training they need to raise their trading ability and introduce them to potential funders including social investors. We do this so they can enhance their economic viability, sustainability, social and environmental impact, contribute to the Hertfordshire economy and continue to help the disadvantaged and vulnerable.
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 leading one to become market leader in Europe. Voluntary positions include being an 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's 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 will help you avoid making the 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 chat to see if he can help, please give Nigel a call on 07531 591739. You have nothing to lose but everything to potentially gain.