Michael Brown is the Founding Director of Empower to Cook CIC, a social enterprise based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.
Empower works with schools, families, social housing, and other community organisations and corporates. The name explains all – food education helps with life skills, confidence, physical and mental health, food poverty, community connections and the environment.
Michael tells us that, Empower to Cook was at a stage of small growth and we needed someone to help with finances.” He reports that, as someone with a disability himself, he looked for support, “especially to help streamline and give easy access to our financial records. For key business areas Empower to Cook uses Quick Books and wanted to make sure that end of year accounts, invoices, receipts and cash flow forecasts were up to date, and accurate.”
Michael speaks highly of the volunteers recruited through Reach Volunteering. Amongst them, Fiona has made a ‘huge impact” in the key area of finance.