Eat That Frog C.I.C. was established in January 2011, by likeminded people coming together to set up a social enterprise based around People, Values and Quality.
The Directors, Ian Powell, Sean Westlake and Gail Rochelle, continue with this mission, enabling people to identify and overcome their barriers to live a more fulfilled life. Over the past 6 years, ETF has gone from strength to strength; our provision boasts a success rate of over 96%, and we now engage with over 1000 people annually. We recently gained funding from the Big Lottery for the Local Sustainability Fund and grants from DWP to support the employment pathway for Hinkley Point C.
Our bespoke educational provision for young people with special educational needs (autism, Asperger’s, mental ill-health etc) has also been recognized, and we now have direct contract status with the Education Funding Agency, which enables us to offer further opportunities.
- April 2011 – we were approached to save the Paignton Day Centre from closure. This was refocused as “The Pad” to provide a sustainable future and continues to provide a lunch club to the over 50’s together with a work club and many learning opportunities.
- September 2011 – Eat That Frog began working successfully to move people into employment, helping local people to tap into their own skills and abilities while recognising their need for holistic support. This led to us being shortlisted in two categories for the national Supplier Excellence Awards from the Department for Work and Pensions, winning the award for Customer Delivery.
- April 2012 – we were approached to run a catering education service in Plymouth, which we expanded to offer catering for older peoples’ lunches and community events whilst achieving catering training for young people. This strengthened our commitment to developing social capital through staff, student and customer volunteering.
- April 2013 – we were asked to present at the DWP Supplier Engagement event in London and received a Commendation “For the support the organisation has provided to DWP customers with multiple disadvantages/barriers to employment”.
- June 2014 – we achieved the MATRIX quality standard, being judged by the assessor as making “a significant and life changing difference” for the people we work with.
- May 2015 – we were named as one of the winners of the Big Venture Challenge, giving us the opportunity to raise social investment and match funded grants. Our community and education programme continues to develop; trainees learn their skills for industry by providing voluntary services within the community, for example by undertaking grounds maintenance, horticulture and construction projects at Parkfield in Paignton.
- 2016 – saw us offering higher level professional courses and services aimed at people who are employed and looking to progress their career options, as well as an ethical recruitment service that will benefit employers and local people alike. We were also proud to win the Herald Express ‘Community Group of the Year’ award.
And so our story continues…
What is a CIC?
Community Interest Companies (CICs) are limited companies with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage.
This is achieved by a “community interest test” and “asset lock”, which ensures that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role.