The pandemic has inspired a new wave of social entrepreneurs and Karen Faulkner and Lucy Malarkey are no exception. Together they launched Positive About Inclusion, a social enterprise based in Gateshead who offer a range of bespoke consultancy services for organisations looking to enhance their workplace inclusivity.
Following redundancy the co-founders started their new business with the support of Business Gateshead, NEA and the North East BIC. Karen said: “Being made redundant was a shock but every cloud has a silver lining and it gave Lucy and I the opportunity to do something we have dreamt of doing for so long and the support we received from Business Gateshead and the North East BIC was invaluable.
“Covid has been hard for so many, redundancy wasn’t easy and it was important for us to build something positive and take control of our destiny. We firmly believe that workplace inclusivity is more important now than ever. Businesses must ensure their employees feel included and valued, this is critical when so many are working remotely and juggling this with caring responsibilities.”
The pair decided that becoming a not-for profit social enterprise was the right vehicle for their company because it demonstrates their personal commitment to the diversity and inclusion agenda.
Supported by New Enterprise Allowance programme and Enterprise Support in the North East 2, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2020.
For more information about the BIC’s social enterprise support click here.