Robert Flack, CEO, Locala Community Partnerships

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Robert Flack, CEO, Locala Community Partnerships

CEO, Locala Community Partnerships

Most of all I want to stress how important it is to engage with your colleagues along the way. People ‘got’ the opportunities offered by a CIC at different rates and it was never safe to ‘assume’ they were on board.

About Locala
Locala Community Partnerships provides NHS community services to over 400,000 people in Kirklees and beyond. A Community Interest Company, employing 1200 staff, Locala services range from health visitors to speech and language therapists, stop smoking support to district nursing as well as dental care, school nurses, foot care and physiotherapy.

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Doug Cresswell, Group Chief Executive, Pure Innovations

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Doug Cresswell, Group Chief Executive, Pure Innovations

Group Chief Executive, Pure Innovations

Do you really have a business? This means having products or services somebody else is willing to buy? Will they pay you enough cover you’re costs and leave enough over to reinvest in the business?

About Pure Innovations
Pure Innovations Ltd are a national not-for-profit company, with over 20 years experience delivering innovative and high quality services as part of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. Pure Innovations became an independent company following a TUPE Transfer in July 2005, enabling services to be offered to other local authorities within the UK.

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Janet Rowse, Sirona Care & Health CIC

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Janet Rowse, Sirona Care & Health CIC

Chief Executive, Sirona Care & Health CIC

“Stand up, and walk out of your history” – for me this captures the sense of purpose and identity that the spinning out process demands – as well as the need to be respectful of the past, but not constrained by it.

About Sirona Care & Health CIC
Sirona Care & Health Community Interest Company (CIC) was created in October 2011 as an independent non-profit distributing organisation providing publicly-funded health and social care services. Sirona is responsible for the delivery of the community healthcare and adult social care services previously provided by Bath and North East Somerset PCT and Council respectively.

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Chris Tully, Ripplez CIC

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Chris Tully, Ripplez CIC

 Chief Executive, Ripplez CIC

Spinning out of the NHS has been and is an incredible journey of learning how to run a business. It is very exhilarating to be able to make decisions, use my entrepreneurial skills without getting into trouble, and make a positive difference to the young parents we are supporting. The best year of my career.

About Ripplez CIC
Officially formed on 6th January 2011 as an independent health services and Family Nurse Partnership provider. Previously part of the provider arm of NHS Derby City, Ripplez is now an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise providing NHS services to young parents to be in Derby who are aged 17 or under in their first pregnancy.

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Andrew Burnell, City Health Care Partnerships

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Andrew Burnell, City Health Care Partnerships

Chief Executive, City Health Care Partnerships

Get a good strong team around you; enlist the help of people who have been through a similar process and learn from them; and stand your ground – if you know it makes sense to set up a social enterprise, do something about it!

About City Health Care Partnerships
City Health Care Partnership CIC is an independent, not-for-profit social enterprise providing NHS services to approximately 250,000 residents in Hull and a further 325,000 who live in the surrounding East Riding of Yorkshire. Established on 1 June 2010, CHCP CIC seeks to minimise the need for acute care in hospital through early interventions, community based treatment and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

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Neil Woodbridge, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

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Neil Woodbridge, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

Chief Executive, Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions CIC

At times it can all seem quite mad but when spinning out you need (just like a ballet dancer!) to keep your eye focused on the end point – your vision. Stay true to it, ignore the nay-sayers, identify your champions and network like crazy.

About Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions
An award winning social enterprise established in 2007 to take over all the local authority disability provider services.  Having successfully secured a £4.5M contract from Thurrock Council, from February 2013 TLS will have a team of 62 staff and be supporting 189 customers.  TLS has a board 100% made up of disabled people.

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