At Beautiful Business we love businesses that are ethical, sustainable and people first. It’s no surprise then that we love social enterprises. We’ve covered a wide range over the last year and have great pleasure in introducing another. Let’s spread the word about Stickyboard, a SocEnt with community at its heart.Rapidly growing in number and significance, a social enterprise is, according to Social Enterprise UK, a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose. It will have a clear sense of its ‘social mission’: which means it will know what difference it is trying to make, who it aims to help, and how it plans to do it. It will also have clear rules about what it does with its profits, reinvesting these to further the ‘social mission’. Stickyboard fits the bill very well indeed.
Stickyboard was founded in 2010 and is based in London, at the Hub in Kings Cross. A pretty cool, innovative space, the Hub aims to help Social Enterprises. This beautiful business was started by James Sweetman and his brother Thomas and emerged as a practical solution to an old problem. James takes up the story…
“The idea came when my brothers wife moved to a new area. She found it so hard to find what was going on locally as there was no central place to find thing out, there was no equivalent of a village noticeboard”
Putting community at the heart of what they do, Stickyboard run the UK’s Village Noticeboard. Theres a traditional message in what they do, replacing and updating community connections. Stickyboard is a place to connect with your area. Somewhere you can see what’s exciting around you and be part of the the local community. For small business owners and craftsmen the noticeboard is particularly useful as it provides a free space to post their services, offers and events/workshops. James says…
“Our primary mission is to bring communities together. This means we constantly develop our noticeboard based on what users and communities tell us and 100% of surplus goes into supporting our core mission”
The feedback from users and observers has been fantastic. James says that overall they get really nice feedback from people saying ‘we found this on our noticeboard‘, ‘great‘ and how ‘this is what we need.’ One particularly nice thing though has been the project work they’ve done off the back of the noticeboard. For instance they used their skills to create Ealing Involved – (see image) a platform developed with the voluntary service and council to enable people to get involved with their community and donate time, money and goods.
This social enterprise is a truly fantastic idea, bringing people and communities together, sharing skills, ideas and values. There is no end to the local. Let the Stickyboard community grow! If you want to know more about Stickyboard and the fantastic work they do or how you can get involved, you might like to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or perhaps visit their website at www.stickyboard.co.uk. Join the Stickyboard community. I’m sure they’d love to talk.