Knowsley Disability Concern

Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC) is a Merseyside charity focused on helping disabled people and those with long term conditions gain further independence in their everyday lives. KDC works to ensure people have choice and control, supporting individuals on societal issues and its projects equip people with skills for employment and money management, amongst others.

KDC identified a need to diversify their funding sources from conventional means such as charitable grants and donations. In order to do so, the charity established the Your Payroll solution, building on the excellent reputation and experience supporting businesses for over a decade.

All profits generated are re-invested into the charity’s social mission.

Working with Bloom has allowed us to further roll out the Your Payroll solution. Since establishing our relationship we have now become an accredited supplier and are seeking new business opportunities within the public sector.”
Joyce Greaves, CEO, Knowsley Disability Concern

The challenge

As a socially responsible business, Bloom is seeking to maximise the social value created throughout its operations. To this end, Bloom is forming partnerships with organisations who have a social mission at their heart, most typically, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises (VCSEs).

Alongside, financial and non-financial donations, Bloom is supporting VCSEs, to become more sustainable by increasing their financial stability through commercial activity. This is via incorporation into Bloom’s Supply Chain and Resource Pool, alongside the provision of free training, networking events and on-boarding support.

Bloom were introduced to KDC at a Social Value UK networking event. Having had the opportunity to discuss the Your Payroll solution it became evident this was a chance to further embed social value into Bloom’s internal operations, as well as contributing to an organisation with a valuable social mission.

The solution

Bloom has now appointed KDC as their exclusive payroll provider via the Your Payroll solution, allowing further social value to be fully embedded into Bloom’s internal systems and processes.

Further to this, both organisations have continued to collaborate to bring new business opportunities to KDC. This development is in accord with Bloom’s social value mission: which is to create ‘Growth Beyond Giving’ through access to sustainable revenue streams via commercial activity.

KDC has since become a Bloom accredited supplier. This has provided them with a OJEU compliant route to market to win public sector business opportunities, allowing them to bid for live tender opportunities within the public sector. KDC has identified schools and education as an area of interest for new business opportunities for the Your Payroll solution.

Bringing the third sector into Bloom’s Resource Pool also provides public sector organisations access to a wider variety of expert suppliers such as KDC. Bloom are committed to enabling third sector organisations to grow through compliantly winning public sector contracts.

Both Bloom’s CEO and sector lead for education volunteered with KDC to provide business advice to develop the commercial capabilities of the charity.

As a further result of this collaboration, the Bloom representative (an independent consultant who was first introduced to KDC at Social Value UK’s networking event) has been so impressed by the work of KDC, that they now also volunteer there, having been appointed as a trustee of the charity.


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