A community enterprise bringing the walled garden back to life
In Winter 2017 Growing Sudley were accepted onto the Bright Ideas social enterprise development scheme from Power To Change. The group were given a mentor who advised on the business plan and provided assistance around setting up the social enterprise and developing an accountable and compliant governance structure.
The CIC has been developed and is managed almost exclusively by volunteers, assisted as funds allow by a team of practitioners and volunteers. It is governed by a Board of Directors, who provide strategic direction and observe due diligence and compliance with the law. These are individuals from the community who were identified as having the skills and expertise to help guide the enterprise, enable it to deliver its social aims, and provide robust accountability.
The CIC reports to the Friends group each month. As activities grow and this consumes more time within the meeting, it has been decided that a stakeholder group should be set up. This will be comprised of representatives of FOSE and local associations and groups with a stake in the walled garden area.