SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NEWS
In our latest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Chris Thewlis and GTS Solutions CIC – professional, certified, ethical private security, vocational training and consultancy services, male and female door supervisors, trained in drug awareness and equality/diversity. Get in touch with Chris on 07725 840 921 / email@example.com and check out www.gtssolutionscic.com. Connect with them on Facebook too.
Every few weeks we focus on a randomly selected social enterprise member for intense marketing support and promotion GTS Solutions will feature in all e-bulletins, on our website homepage and on all our social media, alongside other support, reaching thousands of people across Scotland and beyond.
What’s your social and/or environmental mission? GTS Solutions CIC aims to fulfil key goals and objectives. We seek to be a market leader and attitude changer towards the security industry, we promote good practice, due diligence and legal, ethical operations, within an industry context of a reputation for criminal activity.
How do you do it? We believe the industry has a career pathway and we promote this through our partnership with the Princes Trust Scotland in the delivery of the Get into Security program. We seek to upskill low paid workers and the unemployed by reinvesting our profit into delivering free training sessions.
What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur? To change the private security industry from the inside out and make a difference to people’s lives by doing so.
What are your current projects? Our partnership with the Princes Trust and the Learn Direct pilot scheme (watch this space). The Excel framework we were successful in winning a position on, of manned guarding services and event safety and security, across all 32 local authorities.
What exciting things do you have coming up? We are about to launch an auditing and consultancy service for ISO 9001 now that we are IRCA registered. We are also about to launch our screening and vetting service for employers and employees who require background checks for their employment. We might be heading south of the border with some of our services too.
Who do you want to work with more? Companies who share our ethos of strategic partnership working, good business on any level is about great relationships and sharing.
What’s your biggest challenge? Funding to keep growing has always been a big challenge but that is starting to change within the social enterprise environment.
What top tip would you give to other social enterprises? Remember you’re doing business, far too many people think social enterprise means free service. You’re there to make a profit so that the profit can deliver the social aims of your business!
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