It’s great to see our local small businesses being promoted. The more that we all use them, the more vibrant our high streets are. One of the initiatives is ‘Small Business Saturday’. This year it falls on 1st December. If you are a small business, a customer, a local authority or a network, you can get involved.
Free business support, training, development opportunities, and grant funding are being offered by the County Council to increase services offered and encourage new ideas. The mantra of ‘we need to do things differently’ is still very much part of the agenda along with supporting independence.
For more details, click here
The Get up to Speed initiative has published a list of new events for August and September. Lots to choose from and very affordable follow the link
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!
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”
Please note the next Ready For Business Free workshop in Exeter is earlier than usual and is on Monday 12th January.
Ride-On Cycling, one of Exeter’s brilliant social enterprises, has some office space to let on Exeter’s Historic Quayside. Complete with parking space and flexible terms, details can be found here.
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.
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.
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!