IFA Achievement Awards 2010
MIC are pround to announce that we won the IFA Award, Social Enterprise of the Year.
On Wednesday 29th of September at Kensington Roof Gardens, London, the Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) celebrated the UKs finest in finance, enterprise and media, marking the achievements of companies and people who have demonstrated excellence in their prospective fields. The awards, now in their fourth year are widely recognised by the SME and business finance communities.
The IFA awards are designed to highlight the UK’s most talented business men and women, the importance of the SME and UK enterprise.
David Woodgate, Chief Executive of the IFA said
"We are over the moon with the calibre of this year’s winners; the IFA is well on its journey to achieving our goal of becoming THE professional accountancy body of choice for the SME sector. The IFA achievement awards are a remarkable celebration of success within this sector"
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MIC Awarded Social Enterprise Mark
John Nyota, Deputy CEO at MIC commented;
“Our passion at MIC is to do good for people and the planet; to be at the forefront of things that matter such as education and the environment. So on that note, receiving the Social Enterprise Mark is a great honour for MIC. As it is an independent accreditation, it is testament to us getting on to the right path for our company’s future”.
The Government defines social enterprises as "businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners."
Lesley Foster of the Social Enterprise Mark Company CIC presented the MIC team with the mark at a dinner held on Monday 27th September in conjunction with British Food Fortnight.
“As the distinctive and exciting brand for social enterprise, the Mark identifies businesses which meet defined criteria that define enterprises trading to benefit people and planet. The Mark helps those businesses promote their business ethics and values. We are delighted to welcome MIC as the first ethical hotel to receive this award and have no doubt they will inspire others to follow this great example of social enterprise.” Lesley said
Launched in February 2010, The Social Enterprise Mark recognises businesses that meet highly defined criteria of social enterprise, have high standards of sustainable business practice and offer a benefit to their community.
Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of the Social Enterprise Coalition said; “The Social Enterprise Mark shows that an organisation is a true social enterprise.”
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MIC Carbon & Environmental Assessment Report
Carbon Confident is a free programme designed to help SME members of the Camden Climate Change Alliance meet their climate commitments. The programme’s four different stages take an organisation through the tasks of calculating their carbon footprint, identifying an emissions reduction target, producing an action plan and gaining the confidence to implement this action plan and make real carbon savings. On completing the programme organisations are awarded the Camden Climate Change Alliance’s ‘Going Green’ mark of achievement or higher.
The findings are presented as recommendations based on observations, data and a desk study conducted as part of the carbon and environmental assessment.
Click here to download MIC report on the findings of its Carbon Assessment on 9th July 2010.
MIC Awarded Social Enterprise Mark
The Social Enterprise Mark is the brand for social enterprises and was launched 1st February, 2010. The Mark identifies businesses which meet defined criteria for social enterprise, and consumers will recognise that businesses displaying the Mark are trading to benefit people and planet. MIC joins other ethical businesses that have been recognised by being awarded the Mark such as the Eden Project, Hill Holt Wood, Bristol Wood Recycling Project and the Co-operative Group.
We’re really proud to have been awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. MIC is absolutely committed to supporting sustainable businesses and consequently helping local communities to thrive and prosper”. James Barr MIC Commercial Director.
Government data estimates that there are 62,000 social enterprises across the UK, contributing £24 billion to the economy and employing around 800,000 people. Recent research found that social enterprises are twice as confident of growth compared to typical small to medium enterprises (SMEs), with 48% of social enterprises saying they are positive about the future as opposed to just 24% of SMEs (The Social Enterprise Coalition’s State of Social Enterprise Survey 2009).
Social enterprises are working to make a difference across the UK and beyond, but not enough people know what they are or how they work. The Social Enterprise Mark aims to raise awareness of what social enterprises do in order to get more people to buy from, engage with, start up and work for social enterprises.
We are delighted to award the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark to MIC. As the distinctive and exciting brand for social enterprise, the Mark identifies businesses which meet defined criteria, enabling consumers to recognise those that are trading to benefit people and planet. It also helps those businesses promote their business ethics and values. We hope that the Social Enterprise Mark will do for social enterprise what the Fair Trade Mark did for fair trade. Lucy Findlay champion from the Social Enterprise Mark Company (manager of the Mark).
For more information visit: http://www.socialenterprisemark.org.uk