We'd like to thank......
In April 2012 we were succesful in securing lottery funding of £10,000 to enable us to deliver adult community learning classes based around buying and selling on ebay. Each of these classes run for two hours per week over a twelve week period and are free to join.
In October 2011 MissionFish gave all the Charities on E-bay the opportunity to apply for one of ten £10,000 business support grants.
We are thrilled that Kivo-ebiz was one of the ten charities selected and received £10,000 to employ a sales assistant for 20 hours per week from January on a 12 month contract
MissionFish is the Charity which oversees all the 500 + charities selling on E-bay. They check that they are bona fida charities, that they are trading ethically and give them support when needed.
If you see a blue and yellow ribbon next to an item for sale on E-bay it means that it is being sold by a genuine charity registered with MissionFish.
Locality Supports Development Trusts across England to explore and develop social enterprise through two programmes 'Cultivating Enterprise' and 'Community Sector Training'. Groups on both these programmes are welcome to come and view the 'world of Kivo-ebiz' so they can learn from our experiences and get 'hands-on' support.
You can find us on the LOCALITY MARKETPLACE, the online space for community enterprise goods and services http://locality.org.uk/product/internet-trading-community/
Keyfund provide mixed grant and loan packages to community owned organisations working in Yorkshire and the Humber. They came up trumps when we wanted to fund our first paid employee and to extend our workspace.
Grassroots provides funding to small voluntary led groups making a difference to lives of local people. It was ideal for Kivo-ebiz who were run totally by volunteers until early 2009. Grass Roots gave us £5000 to help us expand storage and set up and office. In our area Grassroot Grants are managed by South Yorkshire Community Foundation
Business Link deliver a range of services to private and social enterprises with business advice and support to help make your business competitive and grow sucessfully. Through them we have accessed the services of Sugarcane who have struggled to make us more focussed on how we market our business to become more profitable in our community - thanks for taking us out of our comfort zone!
VAR act as a portal to voluntary and community activity and events throughout the Borough of Rotherham. They have a great new Social Enterprises Team set up to give support. They also manage our payroll and accounts very efficiently.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council views ICT training availability to all sectors of society as a high priority. They support us through funding to give training to our Volunteers, Staff and Community Members in Buying and selling on e-Bay, ideal for Kivo-ebiz as it is a bespoke package that attracts people into learning:
Adult Community Learning integrates ITC into their courses at differing levels
Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities supports local voluntary and community sector organisations in Rotherham to develop their capacity to deliver learning and, to deliver tailor-made learning opportunities for residents living in disadvanaged neighbourhoods.
Kiveton Creative, the sister trading arm to Kivo-ebiz as part of KWCDT, deliver community learning in a variety of subjects but particulary on 'buying and selling on e-bay'. Students that come through this course often volunteer their time to Kivo-ebiz building thier confidence before 'going it alone'.....
Green Sheep - Thanks to their hard work we have this site with an 'idiot proof' oops 'user friendly' content managment system!