Published on 01 January 2008
20 December 2007
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all the team at Pulse Regeneration.
4 December 2007
Building on previous work, Pulse Regeneration Consultant, David Waterfall, attended the annual Social Audit Network (SAN) Walk the Talk conference in Birmingham today. The conference focused on encouraging participants to consider the importance of social accounting for the third sector in demonstrating its value to its stakeholders. The conference challenged participants to think how through using social accounting they could demonstrate to those they work with exactly what their organisation does and how successful they are at doing it. Keynote speakers included Kevin Robbie (Office of the Third Sector, Malcolm Hayday (Charity Bank), Alison Ball (Furniture Resource Centre), and John Boyle (Midlands Coop).
7 November 2007
Pulse Managing Director, Chris Hart, delivered a Business in the Community workshop targeted at Merseyside based social enterprises today as part of the Business Bridge Programme Merseyside. The workshop was delivered for free to assist local organisations learn about how to go about business planning for their organisations, increase their practical understanding of financial tools, and to develop an appreciation of the benefits in becoming more financially sustainable.
Comments from those attengin the workshop included:
“It has made me focus down to real issues and stimulated me into action”
"This gave me step by step stages to producing a business plan”
26 October 2007
Pulse Regeneration has recently been awarded a contract to provide a six month Development Support Role for Bootle Community Sports Stadium Ltd (BCSS). This is an exciting role and enables Pulse Regeneration to provide BCSS with hands-on support and guidance, assisting BCSS to develop new partnerships, undertake negotiations and to take the project forward. In addition the role will assist in identifying funding sources to assist in reopening the Stadium as a mixed-use community and sports facility. This role builds upon a three-year business plan that Pulse Regeneration has produced to support negotiations with the local authority over transferring the disused Bootle Stadium to BCSS.
12 October 2007
Chris Hart, Pulse Regeneration Managing Director, recently helped in facilitating a public discussion at the Looking Back, Stepping Forward Conference today to help Town Teams in the Yorkshire Forward area consider what has worked well in terms of the renaissance programme, reflecting on what has been achieved, looking at best practice, as well as ‘stepping forward’ to forge a platform for future direction. Pulse Regeneration is also part of the programme delivering the Great Resources workshops to Town Teams, which includes how to develop a Town Team project as well as how to successfully secure funding.
5 October 2007
Pulse Regeneration has been commissioned to develop a Feasibility Study and Business Plan for the Coalville Community Education Centre. A consultation event was held on 5th October 2007 at the opening of the new show home at Weston Heights, Coalville in Stoke-on-Trent . New and existing residents were asked to complete a survey to express their views about the redevelopment of the Centre, currently on the site of Weston Coyney Infants School. The day was a success, allowing residents to feed back their views on the Centre and helping to raise the profile of the project.
27 September 2007
Pulse Regeneration has been asked to undertake a funding application for TMRP to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to buy the former Pharmacy on Bridge Street, Thorne. This shop unit was vacant and on the site of the new Community Quarter, recently opened and refurbished by TMRP. The application was successful with £100,000 of funding secured to purchase the building and re-open it as a social enterprise selling recycled furniture to the local community.
10 September 2007
Pulse Regeneration has been working with Trinity Methodist Church, Ellesmere Port, for the past year on a scheme to allow greater usage of the Church by the local community, beginning with the development of a feasibility study and plans to reconfigure the Church. The concept is to make the building a more welcoming space, and build on the Mission of the Church. Following the applications for funding from Methodist Church funds, Trinity Methodist Church has been successful in securing capital funding towards the scheme, which Pulse Regeneration is now working on to secure further match funding.
10 June 2007
Pulse Regeneration has been commissioned by Merseyside Single Procurement Vision (MSPV) to provide a procurement support role for a number of Merseyside based social enterprises, which focuses on assisting the environmental sector. The MSPV programme is a major new initiative that will help Merseyside social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations (the third sector) to expand their trading activities to win and keep public sector contracts.
14 March 2007
At the end of the month Greater Merseyside Enterprises (GME) ceases trading, with most of its activities transferring to the new Regional Business Link. Pulse Regeneration however remains an 'Approved Supplier' for Business Link, which means we are able to offer 40% off the fees of certain business planning commissions in Merseyside.
A recent example was for The Alternative Group, for whom we developed a business plan to explore the viability of developing a conferencing facility as a social enterprise with a focus on providing employment and training opportunities for local people. Mike Clarke of The Alternative Group commented;
"We needed additional support to bring together our social enterprise business model. Pulse Regeneration proved adept at understanding the needs of our businesses, both existing and proposed. They worked with us in a highly professional manner, delivering a business case that enabled the organisation to make a number of difficult decisions within a complex, fast-changing environment. also, we naturally valued the additional grant support available to us through Business Link GME."
28 February 2007
In November 2006 Lisa Roberts, Pulse’s Graduate Regeneration Consultant, achieved a Silver medal in the Tae Kwon Do British Championships for Ladies Blue Heavyweight Sparring. More recently earlier this month Lisa won at the North Wales Championships, also for sparring. Lisa continues to train and compete throughout the year and is working towards her Red Belt Grading later this month.
16 January 2007
TMRP has moved into the new Community Quarter building in Thorne. Following Pulse’s Feasibility Study that recommended the organisation purchase the building, TMRP have now moved to the former Health Centre in Thorne. The building is being redeveloped as a hub that will provide services for the community of Thorne and Moorends in a easily accessible, central location. The community quarter will house a number of community and voluntary organisations, together with information centre and meeting rooms.
13 January 2007
Earlier in 2006, Pulse completed a ‘Social Enterprise and Joint Working Feasibility Study’ for CASAC, re’new & RtC, three Leeds based voluntary sector organisations. The commission identified ways to generate additional income streams as well as looking at joining the organisations to achieve the capacity to procure public services. The commission recommended that it would be advantageous for the partners to join through a phased approach, with the first phase involving CASAC and RtC. All three organisations supported the findings, and Pulse was subsequently asked to facilitate discussions around the practical steps for merging, to gain a decision, and define the necessary next steps. In light of the support work provided, CASAC and RtC have recently completed a due diligence process and Pulse’s recommendation is now being progressed through the appointment of a joint Director. A number of community initiatives are to be progressed following the appointment.
6 January 2007
Following an invitation from the local community, Chris Hart, Managing Director of Pulse, has recently accepted Chair of Anfield Breckfield Community Partnership (ABCP). ABCP is a community-based organisation progressing a number of projects to create local jobs and develop training opportunities for the long-term benefit of local residents. Initial aims include development of a comprehensive delivery plan and the progression of a number of project opportunities with a focus on developing income generation to allow the delivery of local services to assist in the creation of a long-term sustainable community.
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