At the start of 2021, Emma & Maisie started The Rebuild Site CIC as they believed there was a circular economy in the construction industry. They realised perfectly good materials that could be used were being taken to landfills and not being recycled.
Maisie said: “Initially, we spoke to Martin Allman at Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership, as we required support and knowledge of how to start a social enterprise. After getting started, we started working with Sue, who mentored us through the Countywide Support Scheme, where we could gather practical advice on getting up and running.”
“Sue was fantastic, we talked through the basics, such as how to convert our small business to a CIC. We released we required support finding accountants as well as understanding the legal requirements that need to be met. CSEP were able to provide local people from their network of mentors to assist us, this gave us the confidence as we could focus on other areas of the CIC.”
“Sue was able to provide us with useful templates and information sheets for hiring staff & volunteers that saved us lots of time and improved our onboarding processes”
“It’s great being a social enterprise in Carlisle, if we ever need any support, we contact the other social enterprises in the area for guidance, advice or a general catch-up! We have been able to broaden our network of social enterprises in the area due to the Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership’s annual awards where we met with other social enterprises such as WeCan & Cumbria CVS.”
“We are thrilled to have just hired 2 new members of staff at The Rebuild CIC. We hope to expand our team before moving to a larger premise so we can open a larger shop.”
“In the next 18 months, we would love to expand to West Cumbria, we have discussed the possibility of having a second shop in Whitehaven or Workington.”
“We are in the process of recruiting more volunteers to help with admin & shopkeeping roles. We have been able to recruit volunteers with an excellent set of skills that have been crucial to the success of the social enterprise. We believe we can attract people who would not think of volunteering in traditional voluntary roles, they can bring their experience of working in different sectors to improve our social enterprise. Recently, we have recruited one of our volunteers, they are now a full-time member of staff.”