A social firm
Netherne Printing Services is a Social
Firm, which is one type of social enterprise. While social
enterprise is defined as “any business that trades for a social purpose”,
a Social Firm trades specifically to create jobs for disabled
people (including those recovering from mental health problems).
We provide the same level of quality
and service as any other business because the achievement
of our social mission depends nearly entirely on the economic
and trading health of the business.
As a Social Firm, at least 25% of our employees have to
In addition, we provide work for volunteers who have learning
difficulties or mental health problems. The benefits of this
- they learn new skills
- they are given a chance to get used
to a disciplined work environment (for some this is a vital
step before they start looking for full-time work - and
where possible, we encourage our volunteers to progress
onto full-time work)
- they become part of a community which
is concerned for their welfare and which supports them.
There are about 20 volunteers registered with us at the
moment and about a dozen will be working on any one day.
We are part of the Social
Firms UK network,
which links and supports Social Firms across the UK