SENS – Introduction to Social Enterprise Training Day

We have been working to support the development of Social Enterprise in Somerset for many years but more recently this work has been championed through Grassroots which has now become the Social Enterprise Network Somerset or SENS.  We are therefore delighted to be working with the SENS partners to provide this training day in Wells on the 14th October which is Free to attend for merging social enterprises based in Somerset.  For more details follow the ISEW prog link and scroll down.

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! 

‘The Social Value Act – how can social enterprises benefit?’ at the January ESSENCE meeting!

Social Enterprise and Co-operatives group ESSENCE are meeting at The Hub on the Green from 3.30pm – 5.30pm on Thursday 30 January.

The speaker is Kevin Balding, Head of Business Supplies and Services procurement, Devon County Council.

The topic is ‘The Social Value Act – how can social enterprises benefit?’ He’ll be covering key questions such as:

How the Value act is being incorporated into tender evaluations?

  • How can social enterprises position themselves in the strongest way to benefit from this?
  • What is the relative importance of the social value aspect versus competitive pricing?
  • What are the top tips on how to write a successful tender?

After this, there will be the opportunity for networking and catching up after Christmas.

To book on to this meeting please email heather@exeterchamber.co.uk. Please note that there is priority booking for ESSENCE members and social enterprises/ co-operatives.

This meeting is free of charge for ESSENCE members and those who would like to try an ESSENCE meeting with a view to joining.

Lots of Enterprise in Exeter!

It’s heartwarming to experience the interest in social enterprise reflected in the fact that we have a full-house for our Social Enterprise Day ESSENCE meeting tomorrow at the Innovation Centre.  Also interesting to see there’s still an appetite among many to be their own boss and set up in business, reflected in the numbers booked on the November Ready for Business workshop which is also full and has a waiting list.

If you haven’t taken advantage of the great deal we negotiated with the Chamber of Commerce for social enterprises in Exeter there’s still time.  With discounted joining fees and membership running from now until end of March 2014 that more than 16 months for the price of 12.  Just Quote “ESSENCE” when you contact the Heather at the Chamber. : www.exeterchamber.co.uk

SoberLink’s Return on Investment – SROI

And another Exeter Social Enterprise makes the Guardian News today

Exeter based SoberLink features with an article on their experience of undertaking a Social Return on Investment (SROI) evaluation. SoberLink offers a recovery mentoring service for alcoholics at the end of detoxification and statutory treatment services in Exeter and East Devon.  To find out more about their experience check out their website.

http://www.soberlink.co.uk/

 

Branding for ESENCE! 26 April

The next meeting of Exeter Social Enterprise and Co-operative Enterprises will be on the 26 April at Exeter Real Food Cafe between 5.30pm and 7pm.  We are lucky to have as our guest speaker for the first of this series of 3 meetings, Jonathan Alder, from Alder and Alder.

Jonathan is a Director at Alder and Alder. He specialises in working with ambitious organisations to help them achieve their goals and objectives. The secret to this is helping them to communicate better, and turn their passion into success. Jonathan helps organisations to communicate more effectively by making better use of their brand. Alder and Alder are currently working with a number of non-profit organisations, including Hospiscare and YouGen. At our event Jonathan will distil 22 years’ experience into 30 minutes, to help you understand your brand, and how to unlock its value.

If you are an Exeter based co-op or social enterprise and wish to attend please email Debbie debbie@the-fruit-tree.co.uk as we need to know numbers.