LOVO CIC is a Community Interest Company (social enterprise), working with women in
Southwark for over 10 years. Last year we received multi-year funding to run a day center for
local women, once a week for 3 years and opened our doors to the local community in
September 2019. The focus of the day center is skills training, supported wellbeing as well as a
safe space for women to socialise. We particularly support women who are struggling with
mental health, life management, and mostly from the BAME communities.
This year, due to the success of the project, we have received additional funding to support our trading and enterprise capacity and develop long-term sustainability. We are looking for someone to lead on developing our social enterprise model through training, enterprise building, partnerships, and marketing to help our work generate income and become less dependent on external resources. This is an exciting time for our organisation, and we are looking forward to developing the creative and regenerative aspects of our work
The purpose of this role is to lead on the trading and enterprise element for LOVO, with a focus on long-term sustainability and income generation. The trading and enterprise development will also be focused on improving the quality, visibility, and rootedness in the local community and landscape in Southwark and surrounding boroughs.
We have engaged with a local consultant to develop a broad brief in line with our strategy, with a range of options, based on our existing work, the needs of our participants, and feedback from staff, volunteers, and our steering group.
We are looking for a dynamic, creative, and resourceful individual to work on a freelance basis to lead on this brief, bringing with them their own ideas, skills, and knowledge to support our organisation to thrive in innovative ways.
This role will both be remotely and in-office, with agreement on the working times. The role will involve some
communication and co-working with the CEO and our small team, but will largely be self-
As we are women for women organisation, this role will be best suited for a woman ( although open to all ) who might be interested in working with vulnerable women to help understand their local needs so as to create our trading and enterprise models.
- PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES –
- Work with the team to develop a clear strategy for growth and income generation for LOVO,
with a focus on sustainability, fundraising, and income generation in the form of a business plan
or other communicable.
- To support the team and participants to implement this plan, in a way that is resourceful and
creative as well as sustainable.
- Planning relevant training, upskilling, and personal and group development which will be crucial
to building enterprise.
- To develop and assure the quality of our work and ensure that trading and enterprise are carried out
safely and effectively.
- To lead on relevant marketing and promotion, improving the visibility and appeal of our work
when we are able to re-open, as we hope to move premises and will also be launching a new
- To lead on securing suitable premises for LOVO to run her enterprise and services
- To work with a range of partners supporting our trading and capacity-building elements,
including local businesses, initiatives spaces, leaders, and community members where possible.
- To reach out to the local communities to build partnerships, to identify and implement opportunities.
- Manage the trading and capacity building budget
KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE-
- Experience in marketing, business planning and income generation for Community Interest
Company or other social enterprises.
- Keen interest in enterprise and regenerative funding
- Some experience working within the community sector and with a diverse range of individuals,
colleagues, and partners in dynamic and creative ways.
- Commitment to the mission, aims, and purpose of LOVO and ability to take a strengths-based
- Ability to take a strengths-based approach, involving participants and the local community in
becoming resilient, rooted, and regenerative and celebrating and promoting talent, skills, and
knowledge of the women we work with. This involves a commitment to both the strengths and
needs of the local community and appreciation and respect for local culture.
- Knowledge of charity or community interest finance and fundraising, and understanding of
social enterprise models, alternative income generation, and the financial risks to a small
- Ability to manage a budget, plan expenditure, and forecast income generation, profit-and-loss,
working with the Finance Officer where necessary.
- Ability to network and communicate with external partners, community members, and
participants and to promote the project and the organisation when needed.
- A well organised and focused individual who is able to plan and work on initiative when
needed, with a creative approach to co-working.
- Strong IT skills, knowledge of all basic systems, and ability access to Microsoft Office, Zoom, and emails from home.
- Positive, hands-on and approachable
Experience of end-to-end development of alternative income streams for social enterprise organisations and demonstrable outcomes in the form of income or enterprise generation
- Experience in or working with the commercial or corporate sector, CSR, sponsorship
- Knowledge of the local area both in terms of local businesses,
initiatives and spaces but also the needs and strengths of the local community.
- Experience in marketing, design and communications and ability to use relevant software or
platforms to support.
- Experience or knowledge of working directly with funders in the third sector
- Experience working frontline with vulnerable individuals, particularly women and families, and
need for partnership working and joint working
Hours: 8 hours (1 day) per week Rate: £120 p/d (£15p/h) over 16 weeks