Sky's the limit as new social enterprise aims to help firms
A new social enterprise has been officially launched in Scunthorpe.
TrueBlueSky has been established by directors Angie Clarke, Vince Ion and Nerys Johnson.
The company was launched at an event held at the Tata Steel conference centre in Scunthorpe yesterday (Wednesday, November 7).
It will provide consultancy and a wide range of other business services.
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The enterprise differs from other businesses in that it will reinvest surplus funds into helping other companies.
This will be done in the form of locating and providing help, expertise and support.
Sean Lyons, chairman of the company and a former site director at Scunthorpe's Tata Steel works, said the organisation was now looking to secure contracts.
He said: "We are pitching for real business at the moment with public sector contracts, as this is where our three directors' expertise is."
Mr Lyons said he hoped the business would win contracts and generate a surplus, using the networks of the three directors and others.
He said: "It is starting from zero at the moment, so we are hoping to expand at a reasonable rate and make an impact on the local community.
"We were incorporated in the middle of the year as a formal limited company but we are just pitching for business now."
The TrueBlueSky board has a diverse membership, also including the Bishop of Grantham, Dr Tim Ellis, and Jill Brunt, director of education at the Pearson in Practice organisation.
Kim Ashall, of the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber (RDaSH) mental health trust, completes the board line-up.
Mr Lyons said all surplus funds could be used to help benefit people or organisations in need of assistance.
He said: "We are going to try to make sure we can measure the social impact of whatever we do.
"There are people measuring the value of a social enterprise and the positive impact of what people do in their local communities.
"Some companies have volunteering programmes and are wondering how to measure that.
"We will have some monitors for the social impact of what we do.
"There is a business side but also a side that monitors the positive impact of how we allocate our support and resources.
"We want to run things as a business and deliver good outcomes from the capability we have got.
"We will allocate the surplus into the community on the basis of expertise and support and we will measure the impact of that."