The Mayfield Community Self-Employed Natural Collective Exercise (or McSence) was formed in 1988 as a response by the community of Mayfield to the devastating effect of pit and factory closures in the area. We began by collecting donations of £5 per week for twelve-months from local traders with a view to using the money to start a community business which would create employment for local people. Further fund raising by charitable events and sponsorship lead to the establishment of the first business, McSence Heatwise Ltd which started by undertaking draughtproofing and insulation work under the National Government Home Energy Efficiency Scheme.
From this base the group has now grown to include five trading companies engaged in a wide range of ventures including McSence Property Maintenance, McSence workspace, McSence Conference centre, McSence Training Services and McSence Help in Home Services.
The Group operates as a Social Enterprise.
Each of the five trading companies is a stand-alone organisation with it’s own professional management that is tasked with returning profits for the Group. At the end of each financial year, the profits accrued are gifted to the parent company McSence Ltd which is a registered charity. McSence Ltd then uses these profits to reinvested in new business ventures or alternatively to distribute back to the community in the form of community grants. Many voluntary groups in the community have received support in this way including all the local schools and many individuals and families.
Although McSence is focused on the delivery of professional services to our clients, it continues to be a business run by the community, for the community. The Board of Directors form a cross section of the entire community and work on a voluntary basis without remuneration. Since the creation of the business no fees or expenses have ever been claimed by any of the Directors.
We are proud of being a social enterprise started purely by private funding has become highly regarded by both the public and private sector to the extent that it is often consulted on issues relating to the benefit of the community by statutory and voluntary bodies alike..
McSence has a fundamental belief in the empowerment of under privileged communities to help themselves to regenerate by encouraging partnerships between all aspects of those communities through self-help and increased public awareness. It is sustained by the philosophy that community business is two words, the business must come first because without a thriving sustainable company the community cannot benefit.
Our success has been recognised by a number of awards most recently including the Enterprising Solutions Award in 2007, the New Statesman Award for Social Enterprise of the Year and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Services to the Community.