As it’s “Buy social for a better world” week, we thought it’d be beautifully apt timing to tell you that MIC is now officially a social enterprise. We’re so bloody proud and chuffed to share this news with you and to be a part of a global movement of businesses creating positive social change.
We’re also pleased as the biggest punch to now be certified members of Social Enterprise UK, the member body for soc ents. We’ve have an ofish badge and everything.
What’s a social enterprise?
A social enterprise is a business that in some way, is changing the world for the better – what sets them apart from ‘traditional’ businesses is that their profit is used to create a positive change, whether that’s reinvested or donated. Most social enterprises have a social mission behind them.
MIC’s social mission is to amplify underrepresented voices through podcasting and audio and in turn, help good eggs to tell their stories better and with more impact.
As you can see with MIC media, a podcast company, there’s loads of different types of businesses can be social enterprises from pubs to banks to leisure centres.
MIC is surrounded by an incredible network of soc ent organisations; like our buddies Yellow Jigsaw – a PR and marketing company that support the not for profit sector, PIE who work with school children to help them to get employment ready, Noisy Cricket a consultancy agency that exists to help boost other organisation’s social impact, Flourish Together CIC, whose main objective is to help women thrive in social enterprise, the list goes on.
Social Enterprise UK explains the importance of soc ent businesses, “By selling goods and services in the open market, social enterprises create employment and reinvest their profits back into their business or the local community. This allows them to tackle social problems, improve people’s life chances, provide training and employment opportunities for those furthest from the market, support communities and help the environment.”
There’s also a great definition of social enterprise here.
As a wise man once said, ‘These times they are a changin’ and with 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, the future can only be brighter with us guys driving this change.
MIC’s founder Vic Turnbull started MIC with the core purpose of making a difference – having worked in the third sector and creative industries over the last fifteen years, setting up a business without a social mission wasn’t even an option. It’s her personal and professional experiences and frustrations that prompted her to start MIC.
From a nepotistic media industry and unrepresentative voices in our ears, to good causes who could be using podcasts as a low cost, impactful way to communicate their outcomes to raise their profiles.
Put simply, making a positive impact is in our DNA.
Everything that MIC does will connect to our social mission – whether that’s directly working with underrepresented voices; using our profit to subsidise our costs to clients who not normally be able to afford a podcast or being a involved in like-minded partnerships and projects.
We may have amended our objects to reflect and make official our social intentions, but nothing else has changed. MIC will continue to deliver professional, broadcast quality podcast production and training and work across all sectors, with all business, regardless of their legal structure and set-up.
Being a social enterprise is not a compromise on quality.
MIC’s approach is unique. By choosing MIC to make your podcast or help to get you podcast ready, you can be sure that you are investing in a business that has a social mission at its core and an organisation who sees the incredible potential and power of podcasts to change the world for the better.
You will be associated with a company that is passionate about changing the unrepresentative status quo of the podcast and media industry, a social enterprise whose team wake up every morning and ask the question ‘whose life can we make better today?’
So, in addition to commissioning our podcasty services – we’re after partners to help support and deliver our social mission of amplifying underrepresented voices through podcasting and the podcast industry.
If you like the cut of our jib, contact us here.
To help us shoot our social mission across the sky like a Katy Perry firework, we’re also being supported by good eggs at The Federation in Manchester and the School of Social Entrepreneurs (more on those soon!).
We’re bloody excited. Let’s make awesome audio guys.