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Welcome to SmithMartin
What our partnership delivers...

  • Strategic development of social business
  • Development and operational strategies for Children's Centres
  • Creation of support and projects for literacy and reading 
  • Operational planning - ethical distribution systems
  • Funding advice and Board support
  • Social enterprise, charity and education project delivery
  • Charity or community business creation and growth
We are members of...
Ethical Junction, Social Enterprise London,
Social Enterprise East Midlands,  4Children, DayCare TrustBetter Payment Practice, Learning through Landscapes and the School Library Association

Our ethical, social business trading styles are below...

Web link to the SmithMartin weblog - changethinking - ideas and news for social enterprise, children's centres, schools, early years, books and community projects of all kinds

Our current featured document...

Download a copy here - .pdf file

Self Evaluation Forms - SmithMartin assistance

(.pdf download/182Kb)

A framework and fee structure for helping you tackle the Self Evaluation Model in your Centre (2012)

By Sue Martin

A document from our Partnership service portfolio detailing how we can help your Centre get to grips with the Self Evaluation Forms for your Centre.

The SEF process should be straight forward, but we we know that in lively settings with all their priorities, marshalling complex evidence and writing it up crisply and clearly can consume resources of time, energy and expertise that can better be deployed in service delivery.

SmithMartin LLP are experts in the management of Centres, delivery of policy and practice in settings and have experience at formulating documents that reflect the good work you do.

You can see in this short two pages the type of work our experienced team have done, timescales and fees for the delivery of our support. Let SmithMartin LLP make the SEF process simple.

If our partnership can help in any way the development of the governance, branding or communication of your setting, charity or group do contact Tim Smith, our lead partner on governance, social enterprise and charity business creation.

Files available in PDF formatYou may find the featured document above and many other useful information resources for community business, schools, children's centres and social enterprise on our archive page.

We are booksellers - supporting community libraries, literacy projects and cultural engagement wherever we can.

A range of business support books - securely picked and packed by Business books
A range of titles to help start that social enterprise or to get a community business off the ground.
(Powered by - books shipped with confidence)

A grest range of children's books from our partnership - securely delivered from for children
We are specialists in children's book sales, community library development, literacy and reading projects.
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SmithMartin LLP
Our ethical project and trading styles...

For a good answer to the question 'What do you do?', you can visit our Dolphinbookbox website. here you will find an array of the services and resources our partnership can combine to help you deliver your project. See more at These include...

Thirdsectorweb - community web design & hosting
Community web design, hosting and email. From a simple and elegant static site to interactive surveys, online newsletters, staff and parent bulletin boards or file share spaces...we can create  secure bespoke solutions for your on-line community in the public and charity sectors.

Providing an accessible, clear and affordable web presence for your sector. Read more...

Books go Walkabout - connecting authors and children across the globeBooks go Walkabout
A project to connect authors, illustrators and children across the globe.
Working in your setting to enable conversations, thinking about books and writing and exploring new communities.

After 2013, Books go Walkabout will become our new marque for publishing e-books, in a variety of formats, integrating our e-publishing expertise into the  project ambitions we share with partner organisations like WorldReader and the World Literacy Foundation. Read more...

Dolphinbooksellers -children's books
Our children's b
ooks and literacy support retail web service.

Discounts and up to date children's book news and features always available.

Your purchases are always safely delivered by

Always adding new titles to our lists - helping us bring a broad range of books for children's centres, schools and community groups. Read more...

Web link to City Stories - book events and authorsCity Stories
Our project to bring authors, storytellers and illustrators into communities.
 We bring events, people and books.
We work with you to make the occasion free at the point of delivery for families and children.

We give away books as part of our project to make starting your first library easy. We build a community web site to support the event and help to start a community children's book group - to keep the reading effect going and growing

dolphinBOOKSHELF - books for Children's Centres and community
A children's book display in handmade English willow from sustainable sources.

Whether your are intent on advancing the family support or  literacy agendas, the Bookshelf book basket is an ideal way for parents and children to capture a quiet moment and purchase that book that really captures the imagination.

We can help with engagement opportunities in your reception area ... Read more....

The Bookshelf basket also makes a great volunteer project - booksales as part of a reading group or Centre event, managed and delivered by your supporters. Offering children centres and community a chance to increase literacy and make a contribution to Centre sustainability...and great children's books too as always.

Experiments in social business design and creation...

JFC Distribution - partnerships for profit in the social sphere...JFC Distribution
Our experimental test-bed for developing partnership ideas with mainstream businesses, to inject the social philosophy into the business concept.

Our current plans for 2015 include the creation of an ethical, collectively organised coffee shop and a raft of new e-commerce opportunities, designed to cross-subsidise our partnership work in the Third Sector arena.

blueQuarter, deisgn, hosting and content for the
A web design, hosting and content creation service, dedicated to providing services and resources to community enterprise start-ups, engaging with nascent private sector entities to bend and shape the language of the web to social business contexts.

A modest 'for profit' exercise, which will look to target the private childcare sector, for example,  in 2013 - where we can utilise our sector knowledge and skills to the fullest.

A partnership approach to research, evaluation and project management delivery - which seeks innovative collaborations, making the ad-hoc team approach to larger contracts a stronger pitch, enhancing and adding value to the work of the partnerships we create.

Relevant sector approaches in 2015 will be financial literacy, social enterprise creation and support, community building development and stabilisation and larger web/technology related projects requiring both project management skills, but also access to hardware and software expertise.

Pausing to reflect...

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

See his Wikipedia page here.


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