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NNSE Members and Friends Newsletter

February 2021


Hello everyone and welcome to the second North Northants Social Enterprise Network members and friends newsletter.

In this issue:

  • New Members: Adrenaline Alley, Bees & Radicles and NN Journal
  • Getting the new Chief Exec of North Northants Council on Board with SE
  • Local Social Enterprise news
  • Building Connections with Businesses

New Members

First, a big hello to three new SE members now featured on our website: 

  • Adrenaline Alley a well-established Corby social enterprise which is Europe's largest urban sports venue. 
  • Wings & Radicles a new-to-the-area beekeeper who offers training in the craft as well as selling her hand-made beeswax products online.
  • NN Journal a new community interest company (or cic)  set up to ensure local journalism not only survives but thrives. You can sign up for their all-original content daily local news stories at

Getting North Northants Chief Exec on Board with Social Enterprise

As we continue the countdown to the launch of North Northamptonshire Council on 1 April there is a great opportunity for the new council to work closely with local social enterprises for the benefit of all. 

This could be through them or their contractors procuring our products or services, collaborating with us on projects to bring more funding into the area or liaising with us to make use of our close community ties to find solutions to the many challenges right now. We really want them to understand the value we can all bring.

So it was good to meet Rob Bridge, Chief Executive of North Northants Council recently to start the conversation on behalf of all local social enterprises and hear that the council is keen to work with us.

Local Social Enterprise News

  • Jo Moore and the team at  Accommodation Concern have been awarded the 'Rose of Northamptonshire Award’, a recognition of the hard work and determination shown when faced with the unprecedented threat from the Coronavirus outbreak. Well deserved Jo.
  • The second NNSE online meeting will take place on Mon 8 March via Teams for all NNSE members. 
For more information visit the News and Jobs section of our website

Building Connections with Other Businesses

We are also pleased to be building connections with the wider local business community especially North Northants Business network who have promoted our network to their members. Thanks are owed to Simon Cox for his support with this. You can sign up to receive their regular news for businesses at

A Reminder: What's a Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business which exists to solve a social or environmental issue and ploughs most or all of its profits back to help do this.

  • They are found in many sectors such as housing, leisure, health, transport, training, education, media, business services, energy and more.
  • They may be CICs (community interest companies), charitable companies, housing associations, credit unions, trusts, companies limited by guarantee or other not-for-profit legal structures.
  • Social enterprises are independent of the public sector but often work in partnership with local authorities as they have many shared aims.
  • There are many social enterprises in our area providing benefits for all.

How You Can Support Local Social Enterprises

  • If you haven't already, take a look at our website to familiarise yourself with some of our local social enterprises.
  • If you are (or know of) a local social enterprise not listed on our website, please get registered with us and send us your details - it's free!
  • Send us your own local social enterprise news or job posts - we can feature them here and on the news section of our website. Press releases and images to:
  • Follow and tag us on facebook and twitter @NNSEnetwork - so we can easily repost/retweet and flag up opportunities.

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About NNSE

North Northants Social Enterprise network is a voluntary, member-led, non-funded organisation set up to connect, promote and support social enterprises across North Northamptonshire - Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northants. 

Thank you for your interest and support. Please forward this newsletter to anyone who may be interested.

Coordinator: Alison Holland of Brightkidz social enterprise based in Kettering. 


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