Gearing up for Growth with ESSENCE and ESBN

gearing for growth presenters

Our thanks go to the presenters who ran workshops at this morning’s event organised by Exeter Sustainable Business Network and ESSENCE (Social Enterprise Network) at St James’s Park – home to Exeter City Supporters’ Trust on of our Social Enterprise Members.  Missing from this shot is Alastair Banks from Optix Solutions who ran a great session on marketing.  You can see him in the post on here!

Seedbed, Dartington – new programme for social businesses

Introducing Seedbed: Support and investment opportunities for social ventures in the South West

What is Seedbed?

Seedbed is a new venture combining the expertise of Plymouth University, Dartington Hall, and South West Investment Group. Together, with funding from the Cabinet office, we will provide a programme of support plus social investment for developing social ventures in the South West. Continue reading “Seedbed, Dartington – new programme for social businesses”

Rural Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme – Recruiting Now

Following the huge success of the North Devon Social Entrepreneurs programme that ran earlier this year, the School for Social Entrepreneurs has developed a tailor made programme for the leaders and key-change makers in third sector organisations and social enterprises in Devon. It’s free for Devon based entrepreneurs. Applications must be in by 12th December.

PROGRAMME AIMS
The Rural Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme will help you to:

  • Access new markets and customers
  • Develop new income streams
  • Increase your impact, services and products
  • And become more sustainable.

More details

Women Led Enterprise – The Main Event

Please see the following extract from the Community Council of Devon’s first e-bulletin for the Women Led Enterprise programme.

We are now geared up for a major gathering of enterprising women from across rural Devon and Somerset, which will take place on 11th November 2014 in Cullompton.

On the day there will be:

  • A variety of interactive workshops
  • Inspiring guest speakers
  • Q&A with a panel of experts
  • ‘Open Space’ sessions where you set the agenda
  • A market place showcasing local women’s business

This is a not to be missed one-off event which combines a brilliant networking opportunity, market stalls, training workshops and much more.

Please follow our link here – book now to avoid disappointment! 

Social Investment Explained

With increasing interest in social investment, it’s great to see this resource has been produced and the short videos are a really useful way for our clients to see how it may related to them.

The Big Lottery Fund has funded Social Investment Explained, a new multi-media resource for charities and social enterprises to help them better navigate the UK’s growing social investment market. Continue reading “Social Investment Explained”

Exeter Business Support – Important Changes

Lorna and Debbie have really enjoyed working as part of the Exeter Business Support Team for the past 4 years, supporting hundreds of start-up and existing social enterprises and co-operatives here in our home City.  However, our contract may be ending at the end of June due to budget reductions at Exeter City Council.

From July forward social enterprises and co-ops will continue to access support through the Exeter Business Support team through Phil Deem who is a very experienced Business Adviser.  The Fruit Tree for Business will still be able to provide a quotation for support to those who require our specialist expertise.