A Social Enterprise Visionary


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Faces of Small Business features Julie McKay, who founded Enable Social Enterprises that provide disadvantaged jobseekers with on the job experience through supportive work and learning programs.

Enable Social Enterprises seeks to break unemployment cycles for disadvantaged job seekers.

Julie has more than 30 years management and executive experience in multiple industries, not-for-profit, and government sectors.

Julie, seeing a gap for a new model of social enterprise focused on delivering a supportive employment experience in real industry settings, got to work creating Enable Social Enterprises in 2013.

In 2014, Enable launched its first venture, In the Click, an 'eBay store with a difference'. In 2017, the organisation launched an IT equipment recycling service, Enable IT Recycling. In 2018, Enable won the JLT Excellence in Community Service Award, and was finalist in the 2018 Hume Council and Social traders awards.

According to Julia, the most important strategic piece is to expand and grow Enable's Enterprise activity through Social Procurement. The Enable approach of 'profit for purpose' has paid off, for the people the enterprise supports, their customers and community.

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