About our Partnership

Innovations – Ideas – Communities

Work Partners have done or recent news features in our communication system or newsfeeds…


Fancy A Pop-up Book Shop?

Our Books go Walkabout team are out and about over this Summer and Autumn delivering our famous pop-up children’s bookshop in a variety of settings.

Here’s what they can look like…

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A recent Books go Walkabout shop installation…

# We sell the very best quality children’s books at two price breaks – £5.00 and £2.00.   We do 10 minute ‘get-ins’ and ‘get-outs’.

# We can build themed book baskets – plants, animals, space, art etc., to compliment your themed event.

# We can offer free books in exchange for reader reviews – and we’ll publish them on the pages of BgW of course (with parents/carers permission and all our usual security and anonymity…).

# We can do a bookshop ‘drop-by’ event in the lobby, a corner of the hall or community centre, even in a school car-park, weather permitting.

Why not combine a book shop with one of our children’s author visits or a Skype call with an international author?

Make a whole book day of it!  Contact Sue Martin at BooksgoWalkabout to make your booking….see more.


partnershipIconThings we do together as a team

Project management |  Research  |  Education and Literacy support  |  Children’s Book Reviews |  Book sellers and buyers  |  Children’s Centre development | Early Years Education & Childcare | Community Business growth and formation | Consultancy and training |  Working towards good governance practice with clients  |  Ethical Company formation  |  Business planning  |  Web hosting  |  Web design  | Publishing a variety of on-line journals | All our content creation is appropriate, licensed and in context…


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Explore books and reviews here…BookMonitor

This book will bring alive Mandela’s legacy for a new generation of children and is published by Lincoln Children’s Books, who are renowned for quality, information books in a highly accessible format. (Title available on 28th June…)

BookMonitor is the review centre for children’s books, a part of our Books go Walkabout initiative.

You can read about great literature for children, as well as Partnership activity across the globe to support our project aims.


businessPersonIconThis is some of our planned project delivery workflow…in 2018

Developing Social Enterprise East Midlands, SocEntEastMids, as a six county-wide community of interest | Expand and consolidate our Partnership consultancy services into enterprise governance and charity support | Parent Champion project development and training with Family & Childcare Trust  | Develop and expand our web brands across the regions of the UK, particularly in web services for charities and social enterprise | Progressively  develop our international author and illustrator representation and booking services | Journal publishing in specialist community development, enterprise and educational areas  |  Book sales and eBook publication  |  Expand our portfolio literacy projects across the world with authors, illustrators, children and schools  |  Expand our UK local and regional author visits and workshops | …as well as finding time to contribute to a range of pro-bono projects in governance and social enterprise formation, as much as our Partnership capacity permits.


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Discover more of our work here…
‘Our team has been working on Home Learning projects with a variety of settings, in recent weeks’.

It is a good area to focus on as it has enormous value to children in Early Years. See our presentation and the context of the work here...


A deeper look at SmithMartin LLP:

‘Our Books go Walkabout project team have returned from their week long series of latest events in Hong Kong. Welcome back!

Our authors were fantastic. So were the children they worked with across two campuses in the city, the teaching staff and volunteers’.

This Adobe Spark presentation gives you a flavour of the events…

Book Fest Hong Kong

You can see more galleries, how we built the work and the outcomes on the pages of Books go Walkabout here.

If you, as an author,  would like to be part of an international author/illustrator tour to diverse schools and education settings let us know. Happy to donate time and resources to talk about projects any time.

www.booksgowalkabout.com – part of SmithMartin LLP


Some of our digital assets

If a picture can paint a thousand words, then a website can save the printing of a thousand social business portfolios…

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Our social business treasury and ideas hub, where we plan and manage our development aims and project detail. Find us here…

We are a diverse, remote and connected group of long time associates in our sectors – with strong contact books across the piece, with repeat business from our clients sustaining our social aims and outputs.

 

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Enterprisingcommunities.today

Our development and archive resource for our community enterprise energy. Processes and information to help with your funding, business planning, governance and more.

In 2018 we plan to launch a range of social enterprise, community business training and development initiatives across communities using this site as one of our focus ‘brands’ for that activity…

 

The web is not my teapot - image and web link to Thirdsectorweb

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‘The web is not my cup of tea at all…’.

Well don’t worry. We offer a fully managed web solution. From hosting, design and build, images and content creation, webmail services and e-commerce ‘buy with a click’.

Ideal for social enterprises, community groups, education and early years settings, project shop windows and ethical SME’s of all kinds.

See more here

 

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Social Enterprise East Midlands (SocEntEast Mids)

The companion site to our Enterprising Communities journal. The SocEntEastMids journal, Mining the Seem, is a news and information resource for social enterprises in a localised, six counties, enterprise environment.

But it is also the navigation helm and treasury for a developing range of services and events to add value to the very first principles of social business and a testament to the work of Muhammad Yunus.

Philosophy, sentiment and ethical business combined.

 

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Our international book project, creating opportunities for authors on one side of the globe to talk and interact with children and teachers on the other. We use new technology and real time high speed internet connections to build bridges between very different communities.

Books go Walkabout is also now our registered UK publisher brand with a range of new titles, paper and eBook, always in development.

 

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Our retail children’s book business, Dolphin Booksellers - children, books and imagination...the power of the imagination made manifest.

Great books for younger readers – buy on-line from The Dolphin with confidence.

We also wholesale books under the Dolphin brand to schools, children’s centres and community groups.

We have accounts with all the major publishers and wholesalers and use our procurement and literacy specialisms to provide installation and stock for community libraries too.


 

Supporting projects with SmithMartin LLP
Our Partnership logo…

Working with schools, children's centres, charities and social business across the UK and beyond…