Post Office Community Enterprise Award

Moseley’s Post Office is helping to channel support into the community with its neighbours in the Moseley Exchange.

The Post Office (and Moseley Post Office) and Moseley CDT, a registered charity, wants to promote the community initiatives at the Moseley Exchange; the community hub based next to Moseley Post Office. The funds will be used to help 3 new social entrepreneurs secure membership in the co-working space to help start their social business.

The Government visited the Moseley Exchange to see the entrepreneurial work being undertaken in the village. A minister heard how grassroots businesses had evolved in the Moseley Exchange coworking space behind the Post Office. The Department for Communities and Local Government has supported the Post Office Community Enterprise Fund.


Sunil Ghai from Moseley Post Office said: “We’re excited about working with Moseley CDT in this new way. Many sub-postmasters already offer facilities and services which go far beyond their core business. Now, we have an opportunity to strengthen our role in the community by becoming the shop window for the Moseley Exchange; our community hub.”

Steve Harding from Moseley CDT said: “We’re really pleased to be working with our local Post Office. Our resources are limited but the Post Office can help us reach more people in need and promote our work. We’re also interested in supporting local enterprise so we plan to launch a young social entrepreneurs competition with the Post Office and others. This is a rapidly growing area of business and one that fits well with Moseley”

Post Offices are the focal point of many communities and more than 90 per cent of the population live within one mile of a Post Office, giving people easy access to a wide range of services offering a crucial link to the wider world. The Post Office community enterprise fund is jointly funded by Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Post Office Ltd. It offered sub-postmasters small grants to implement new services. These services must have at their heart a wider local community benefit, and be sustainable beyond the life of the funding.

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A competition for young social entrepreneurs

We aim to help young people launch ventures that can change the places where they live for the better. You provide the inspiration, we provide a place and the support to make it happen –

the challenge

Moseley Post Office has joined up with Moseley Community Development Trust (CDT) to launch a competition for young social entrepreneurs. We are seeking to improve Moseley and Birmingham through social enterprise activity. In particular, we are looking for young people with a social mission, an enterprising solution and an understanding how to deliver their ideas.

Background

Many local Post Offices already offer facilities and services which go far beyond their core business. The Post Office believes in strengthening its role as a community hub by providing additional services or facilities that help local people. Moseley Post Office has been successful in securing support from the Post Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government to work with Moseley CDT to expand its role in the community.

What you can win

Winners of this competition will be awarded a year’s co-working membership at the Moseley Exchange; a place to meet, work and set new projects in motion. It’s the perfect place to start a new social enterprise and provides opportunities to collaborate with other entrepreneurs based in the Moseley Exchange. There is no cash to be won instead there are five co-working memberships to be won, each worth over £1000.