KIRKLEES firms seeking to do business with charities and voluntary bodies can now take advantage of a new service.
Involve Yorkshire and Humber has been launched to help businesses reach new markets in the voluntary sector – a sector contributing £2.75bn a year to the regional economy and employing 72,700 people.
It is expected that the opportunities to do business with charities and community organisations in increasing – as more seek groups become commercially active.
Services on offer from Involve Yorkshire and Humber include research, data and intelligence into the voluntary sector, analysis of social policy and its effect on business, staff training around the voluntary sector and workshops and seminars.
The team is also helping firms determine how concepts such as the Big Society will affect their business.
Judy Robinson, chief executive of Involve Yorkshire and Humber, said: “The concept of the Big Society is a real challenge to businesses, not least with the Localism Bill which changes the approach to planning decisions.
“A lot of businesses like to have their strategy set in stone, so a concept like Big Society might appear too wishy-washy to them.
“Involve Yorkshire and Humber can help businesses cut through the jargon and establish how it is likely to affect them and their customers.”
Said Ms Robinson: “The private sector needs to think of the voluntary sector as another route to market.
“Charities and community organisations are all businesses and there are contracts to be snapped up within the sector.”