Steph is Champion of Change Winner in the Management Today Inspiring Women in Business Awards

On 4 June, Steph was one of 21 inspiring women recognised at the Management Today Inspiring Women in Business Awards.

The Awards celebrate talented, visionary and ground-breaking businesswomen of all ages, at every level and across all sectors. Steph was recognised in the Championing Change category, honouring those making dynamic and brave changes within their workplace or industry.

The award is the fourth win for SoLo in 2020. Earlier this year Steph was recognised at the Timewise 2020 Power 50 Awards and in Campaign Magazine’s Female Frontier list; while SoLo was shortlisted in two categories in the 6th Annual Better Society Awards.

The judges applauded SoLo for disrupting the traditional and often harsh ‘bleed-to-succeed’ advertising agency model. They also praised us for being one of the only Community Interest Companies in the business (investing 50% of profit in social value projects) and our inclusive, remote working model which offers flexibility and work-life balance to mums, carers and OAPs. 

Steph says:

“It’s wonderful to be recognised by so many organisations for our unique business model and hope that I have inspired others to understand that business should be a balance of reward and rewarding. Applause goes particularly to my team and the clients who have come on this journey with me.”

Read more about Steph’s brave vision for Social & Local and where it all began.

See who joined Steph on the Management Today Inspiring Women in Business Winners List

Steph honoured in Timewise Power 50 Awards in hat trick of awards success for SoLo

 

 

 

Steph has been named in the 2020 Power 50 awards: a roll call of 50 powerful executives in the UK – who all happen to work part-time or flexibly.

The award completes a hat trick of awards success for Social & Local, with Stephanie recently named as one of 50 Female Frontier honourees by industry-leading brand, Campaign magazine; and  Social & Local being shortlisted in two categories in the 6th Annual Better Society Awards.

The 2020 Timewise Power 50 Awards have been compiled by Timewise, a flexible working consultancy, following a nationwide search. Co-founders Karen Mattison MBE and Emma Stewart MBE publish a fresh list annually, in order to prove ‘what’s possible’ when you work part time or flexibly.

Steph says:

“What an honour to be recongised for this award, thank you Timewise.

“I set up Social & Local following redundancy from an advertising firm in 2011. At 55 and female I knew there was no future for me in the advertising world. I started to build a vision for the first social advertising business. Witnessing the poor treatment of people in the industry – from terribly-paid, over worked managers to discriminated-against pregnant women, I wanted to do things differently.

“Social & Local was designed to put people at its heart. The idea didn’t float with everybody at the time, but this award just goes to show that the world is finally changing – in favour or more flexible, humane working practices. I hope what I have shown in my own small way is that doing the right thing by your people goes hand in hand with business success.”

Flexible hiring and working practices are integral to SoLo. The entire team works flexibly and remotely to suit their lifestyles. A ‘virtual’ Skype office and good communication between colleagues about when and where they are working ensures that deadlines are hit, and client needs met.

For Steph, this means starting early (6am) with a morning break to walk her dog and visit her husband in his Nursing Home. Others work around the school run and into the evening, maximising time with their children. The result is fulfilled, creative, diligent, professional staff and happy, retained clients.

Timewise co-founder and judge Karen Mattison MBE, who led the initiative from the start says:

Success doesn’t come in one shape or size. With 9 in 10 people wanting or needing flexibility in their next job – it is vital we find and showcase modern day role models to aspire to. Stephanie is blazing a trail – all whilst working part-time or flexibly. Achieving serious success, in less days. Not only proving that it can be done – but how. The Timewise Power 50 exists to award innovation like this. Every person who tells their story openly, helps to make change happen.”

 

Social & Local CIC shortlisted in 6th Annual Better Society Awards

We’re happy to share the news that we’ve been shortlisted in the 6th Annual Better Society Awards. The news comes just weeks after Steph was named as one of 50 Female Frontier honourees by industry-leading brand, Campaign magazine.

The Better Society Awards celebrate the efforts that commercial organisations make to create a better society, and are organised by the Better Society Network.

Social & Local scooped nominations in two categories: Consultancy of the Year and Impact Company of the Year. We were particularly excited to be recognised alongside huge businesses like RBS, Aviva and Deloitte.

The judges applauded Social & Local’s commitment to social impact, our entirely remote-working model, and the fact that we are one of the only Community Interest Companies (CIC) in the business. We were recognised as an inspiring example of what can be done when business puts humanity at its heart and for proving that a people-centred business model is not only the right thing to do but goes hand in hand with business success.

Social & Local Managing Partner Natalie Richards says:

“We founded Social & Local as a CIC because we felt there was a better way to do business. Our industry – the creative industry – has a poor track record in looking after its people and flexing to their needs. We are proof that anyone can earn a living doing what you’re good at and do good too. We might be a micro business but our mission is big!” 

 The winning companies will be announced on 14 May.

Steph recognised by Campaign as Female Frontier honouree

We are SO delighted that our very own Steph has been named one of 50 Female Frontier honourees by industry-leading brand, Campaign magazine!
 
Female Frontiers UK recognises women who are pushing boundaries with their groundbreaking achievements in the marketing, advertising, media and tech industries.
 
Steph was recognised in the Championing Change category, honouring those making dynamic and brave changes within their workplace or industry.
 
The judges applauded SoLo for disrupting the traditional and often harsh ‘bleed-to-succeed’ advertising agency model. They also praised us for being one of the only Community Interest Companies in the business (investing 50% of profit in social value projects) and our inclusive, remote working model which offers flexibility and work-life balance to mums, carers and OAPs. 
 
Steph said: “I’m really humbled that our way of working has been recognised – of course it is a personal honour, but more importantly it is about what we can achieve collectively when we put our minds to it. On that note, I wanted in particular to thank our clients – by being open and enthusiastic to working with an agency with an innovative and radically different business model and for trusting us to be able to deliver a top class service. Without them of course we would have fallen at the first hurdle.” 
 
“There’s still such a long way to go to get the world thinking differently about the workplace and about balancing financial reward with creating good societies – but the seeds of change are there.”
 
“So to all my fellow honourees – don’t let the buggers grind you down, use your skills, foster your brilliant creative minds to make our industry a better place, support a happy and fulfilled workforce and deliver the value that your clients deserve. Go home at the end of the day feeling great.”
 
The leading honouree in each category will be announced on 27 Feb, so watch this space!
 

Read more about Steph’s brave vision for Social & Local and where it all began.

See who joined Steph on the Female Frontier Honouree list. 

BITC Applaud Business Model

Social Business, Social Value Agency, Social Entrepreneurs
We recently had occasion to enter our business model for a BITC award – relating to ageing workforce and ageism. As you know this is one of the aspects that we try to address as a social business. Whilst we didn’t win (perhaps some way to go as yet), there is some lovely feedback which I am sharing in the spirit of our collaborations on all things Social.

“Social and Local is an impressive business with a great social mission. The assessors were impressed by the all-encompassing purpose that drives Social and Local to solve societal issues, particularly in areas that the sector is lacking. There is strong business case which is unique to the business. It is clear that Social and Local have very strong leadership from the top, which is necessary for responding to the ageing workforce and ageism. It was clear to the assessors that Social and Local lives and breathes their brand, and have strong engagement with key people both within their sector and beyond. There’s no denying that this business model is innovative and has had a positive impact on the advertising industry. The overall approach the business has taken in its sector is admirable and a beacon to the wider industry. Social and Local’s work is very inspiring, with clear evidence of both high-level impact on government policy and the wider sector, and lower level impact in terms of the individual support given to entrepreneurs.”

National Grid Business Services IoIC Award Win

National Grid, Employee Engagement Strategy, Brand Strategy, Communication Strategy, Brand Visual Identity, IoIC Award Winning campaign
Following a competitive pitch, we’ve developed a 3 – 5 year strategic and sustainable communications platform, activation plan and associated identity to support the launch of seven core business services within National Grid. Supporting a wider culture change programme to leverage great colleague and customer experience, the focus is in demonstrating the value and worth of NGBS in contributing to the success of the business. Aligning with the NG’s corporate brand proposition ‘Bring Energy to Life’ the brand communications platform we’ve created #TheEnergyInside leverages the team as helpful and human – responsive, reliable people who help enable the company to fulfill its purpose. Much still to be done, but meanwhile our client seems pleased…

‘National Grid Shared Services needed re-invigorating to build engagement and enablement within our teams and also build confidence with our colleagues. Our new Business Services identity created with Social & Local has kicked us off to a great start; bringing focus on improving our currently services and building potential for new services to support National Grid in its efficiency challenge.’

Lynsey Kitching, Head of Service Quality & Communication, National Grid

The Award is for the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) Central & North Awards 2018 – Most Effective Culture Change Programme, shortlisted for National Grid Business Services #TheEnergyInside https://www.ioic.org.uk/industry-news/central-north-awards-2018-shortlist-announced

Be amazed. Creative Conscience Awards 2017

Last night we had the privilege of attending the 2017 Creative Conscience Awards. The quality of the creative work was as ever outstanding – below you will be able to see what we mean. Social & Local is as ever proud to be partnering CC and sharing 50% of our profits to leverage impact by enabling this talent to get out there into the World and make it a better place.

Amber Ruske

There’s a gap in education for chronically ill students who are not well enough to attend school. While these students receive support from the government for core subjects, there is little in place to help with non-core subjects. As a result, Class Cast is a program that would bring the classroom to the student using video, VR and live streaming. Not only can Class Cast help chronically ill students, but it has the potential to help students around the world who lack access to education.

Lucy Cripps

An interactive wellbeing exercise and learning book for children ages 7–11, helping children from a young age to learn and manage their emotions. The book itself contains a range of exercises from breathing exercises to distraction exercises, diary entries and worry trees. Each emotion has different coping methods and ways for the children to understand the emotion and learn why they feel this way. The book highlights how important it is for children to be growing up and feeling comfortable talking about their emotions and expressing them as both a child, a teenager and an adult.