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!

ESSENCE and the RSA

ESSENCE, Exeter & the RSA: South West’s Social Economy – Ideas into Action

Wednesday 3 Dec 2014, 6.00pm – 9pm
Devon and Exeter Institute, 7 Cathedral Close, Exeter, EX1 1EZ

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is a 21st century enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative and creative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to harness the extraordinary amount of untapped creative potential in society – by empowering people to be active participants in creating a better world.

With social enterprise at the core of the RSA South West’s development strategy for the next two years Ed Whitelaw, the Regional Chair, will talk about the growth of the social economy, partnership working with Plymouth Social Enterprise Network the current work of the RSA and what this might mean for our region over the next two years.

In partnership with ESSENCE as they build a campaign to establish Exeter as a ‘Social Enterprise City’, this joint networking event is open to Fellows, ESSENCE members and friends. 

For info, click here. For any questions and to reserve your free place, please email Saxon Spence, smspence@phonecoop.coop

ESSENCE goes farming!

Social Enterprise and Co-operatives group ESSENCE are meeting at Westtown Farm, Ide, EX2 9TG 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm on Tuesday 29th May.

This is the first of the Essence outdoor excursions: it is an opportunity to leave your desk and venture into the countryside to see a social organisation at work.

West Town Farm is a working organic farm near Ide, 3 miles from the centre of Exeter. The farm is part of the Higher Level Stewardship, runs a range of educational and cultural activities and hosts Organic Arts.

On the 29th May we have the opportunity to visit the farm and be taken on a tour by the farmer Andy Bragg. We will bring the picnic, West Town farm will provide a stunning view and all you need is some suitable footwear!

For more information on West Town Farm visit:  http://www.westtownfarm.co.uk 

 To book on to this event please login to the website or email heather@exeterchamber.co.uk

. Please note that there is a priority booking for ESSENCE members and social enterprises / co-operatives.

To join, call or email heather@exeterchamber.co.uk / 01392 411433. Please quote ESSENCE. This meeting is free of charge

 If you are interested in car-sharing, please let us know.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Make the Most of your Marketing – ESSENCE meeting 27 March 3.30pm!

Social Enterprise and Co-operatives group ESSENCE are meeting at The Generator at 11-15 Dix’s Field from 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm on Thursday 27th March. ‘Make the Most of your Marketing’ This meeting is focusing on getting the most out of your marketing on a small budget. There’s a hand-on ‘Writing Desk’ to support you develop your marketing in the session, to learn how both the Chamber and ESSENCE can support your organisation and to get the top tips and tools. This is a chance to share your expertise, learn from more experienced marketeers and support the growth of our local social enterprises and co-ops. So come along to catch-up and network with the group, find out about how to improve your marketing and benefit from the collective wisdom of our local entrepreneurs. To book on to this meeting please login to the website or email heather@exeterchamber.co.uk. Please note that there is priority booking for ESSENCE members and social enterprises/ co-operatives.

Have you booked your place at ESSENCE tomorrow?

Social Enterprise and Co-operatives group ESSENCE are meeting at The Generator at 11-15 Dix’s Field from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 25 February.

This meeting will be our second ‘Peacock’s Parlour’ where everyone gets to discuss and feedback on enterprising ideas or business dilemmas from members of the group. This is a chance to give valuable advice, share your expertise and support the growth of our local social enterprises. Eve Malster from Future Threads will be in the Peacock’s Parlour with some exciting new products she has in the pipeline. Take a look at https://www.facebook.com/FutureThreads.

Neil Finnie, co-founder of both The Generator and Corkscrew will be talking to us about his ventures. “At Corkscrew we generate entrepreneurs with a social conscience through dynamic & innovative global bootcamps, whilst providing critical resources to young start-ups & established social enterprises.”

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

‘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.

ESSENCE and The Chamber, Special Event, 10th October

It sounds like the title of a Harry Potter book but it’s our local social enterprise and co-operative network making the really positive move to come under the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. We’re delighted! It’s great news to have the marketing and administration clout of The Chamber and members benefit from extra networking opportunities, more events and marketing opportunities to other Chamber members.

There’s a special celebratory event on Thursday 10th October, 6pm – 8pm. For more details, click here