FVSE is a Community Interest Company that specializes in project delivery of events, digital filming, and enterprising start-up projects. Through our services, we provide training opportunities for young people to develop their employability and enterprise skills, helping them with their journey to employment.
FVSE CIC was founded in November 2012 by Stirling based Social Entrepreneur, Matt McGrandles. During his time both working for others as well as on his own ventures he gained an understanding that, like himself, people engage more in the learning process when there are practical experiences involved. After some thought, the vision for what was to become FVSE CIC was in place: ‘Empowering young people with employability and enterprise skills needed in the work place’.
FVSE has gone on to support numerous young people in various training programmes all with practical experiences. These include “Into Events” and “Digital Media” where core skills training is balanced with skills based learning, all of which is put into use as part of the course.
One big leap for FVSE was in 2014 when it secured the delivery license of the Stirling Highland Games event. As well as creating the potential of an income source for FVSE, it also created various opportunities for volunteering and employability training. Having now grown into the Sruighlea Festival, it incorporates the Games with a Foodie Festival, Activities Challenge (with Active Stirling), On the Fringe, Walking Tours and Sruighlea Sessions. Through all of this, volunteers have been supported to put their core skills training into practice through general volunteering and also by learning historical information about the games and its location to share through walking tours.
FVSE is now embarking on a further growth period to develop more training programmes and events by which it can further support young people on their journey to employment through training and practical work experience.
As a registered Community Interest Company, the FVSE Board was formed to support transparancy in its operation and delivery, provide strategic direction and ensure compliance with the law.
The FVSE Board has a duty to make sure the social enterprise is managed appropriately including compliance with all legal regulations, remains true to its purpose, acts with integrity and provides support when needed to the delivery of its overall strategy. The FVSE Board currently consists of a minimum of 3 Director’s that are not related, with options to co-opt another 2 Board Members as the organisation grows. All Members of the Board have an equal vote.
Members of the Board serve on a voluntary basis, without remuneration and also bring experience from the educational, commercial or financial sectors. There are scheduled Board Meetings in March and September each year.
Cat has over 20 successful years experience in business where she supports business owners with solutions to help them build effective, profitable relationships with their customers. Since volunteering at Glasgow 2014 she volunteers at many of the UK’s top sporting events and started as a volunteer for Stirling Highland Games in 2014. She now not only encourages others to volunteer at Sruighlea, she is the Chieftains Gathering Convenor.
Chair and Director
Matt Founded FVSE in late 2012 with an aim of providing young people with real practical training opportunities as part of their journey towards employment. He brings over 20 years experience in business development, events and CSR frameworks. He has been involved in the 3rd Sector since 1999, delivering projects and fundraising for charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups. In a voluntary capacity he set up and Chaired the Falkirk District SEN in 2014/15, was Head Coach at Stirling County Rugby Football Club U18s picking up Scottish Rugby’s Youth Coach of the Season award in 2017 and is currently a Stirling Community Councillor Treasurer.
Business Development Manager
Dan has been involved in running or developing Social Enterprises in Scotland since 2004. As well as running or setting up a range of projects including Furniture ReUse Projects, Community Sports Hub Development, Charity Shops and a Centre for Community, he has also supported various charities and enterprises with consultancy support especially for funding applications. He is passionate about community development that enables all people to access opportunities for personal development.
Our goal is to help develop employability skills in young people each year through our training programme. In addition to this and due to the nature of our delivery we also look to offer CPD opportunities for volunteers. As such we need to constantly fundraise by looking to partner with like-minded businesses wishing us to succeed.
There are many ways you or your business can support FVSE CIC. The starting point as our Board say is by getting around the table and discussing how this can happen.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Private businesses realise that it is good business practice to support the communities they work in. Dependant on the size of your business you may have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) framework in place which as a policy would address how your business is tackling its social and environmental aims. Some of your CSR interests may be within the community, internal stakeholders or supplier pipeline. Whatever your agenda we know that by becoming a Community Partner you will have opportunity to showcase the great work we do to your clients, staff and stakeholders.
FVSE CIC would like to thank the following organisations who support us, as without our Funding Partner’s we cannot deliver our social aims, so it is very much welcomed.
A Partner is an organisation that has financially contributed to one of our Training Academy programmes or Projects.
In return for this support we create ‘Community’ packages which give tangible benefits such as linked PR, advertising opportunities, brand awareness, branding included within our web sites and social media channels and more.
If you would like to discuss how your business can support our Community Interest Company then please get in touch.
What is a Social Enterprise?
FVSE CIC is a Social Enterprise and is part of what is known as the Third Sector along with Charities and Voluntary Organisations. A Social Enterprise looks to generate profit to not only become sustainable but to use those profits to deliver more of its social aims. It sits in between what you know as a traditional business model (Ltd, partnership, sole trader) and a Charity (charitable aims) as we take the ‘providing a service’ from the commercial side and use it to deliver our social aims from the charitable side. We think we have the best of both worlds.
Unlike other businesses you can tell a social enterprise from their set up. There are five essential elements of a social enterprise held within a Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland.
(You can read more at www.se-code.net)
1. A Social Enterprise (SE) is a trading business – selling goods and services – but whose primary objective is to achieve social and/or environmental benefit. SEs are different from those charities and voluntary organisations which do not aspire to financial independence through trading.
2. Regardless of its legal form, the constitution of a SE will include the requirement that profits are reinvested in the business or in the beneficiary community – and not distributed to private owners, shareholders or investors.
3. The constitution will always require that on dissolution, the assets of the SE are reinvested in another organisation with similar aims and objectives. Taken together Criteria 2 and 3 are referred to as the ‘asset lock’ – the defining characteristic of a SE – which distinguishes it from the private sector.
4. SEs are constituted and managed in an accountable and transparent way – particularly with regard to the community they serve.
5. SEs are distinct from the public sector and cannot be the subsidiary of a public body.