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.

Free Business Advice Sessions in Exmouth and Broadclyst until Mid July

As stage two of our work with the Rural Growth Network we are able to offer free business advice sessions on a one-to-one basis for a small number of new clients in Exmouth and Broadclyst.  If you are, or you know someone who is, grappling with:-

  • identifying needs and opportunities….
  • community entrepreneurship….
  • establishing a co-op or social enterprise…
  • designing innovated solutions to issues in their community….

email debbie@the-fruit-tree.co.uk or call her on 07811 152544 for an informal discussion to start with.

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.

Cash for Carlton, Teignmouth – great news!

There’s nothing like opening an email to discover that a client has received long awaited news from a funder and it’s a ‘yes’.

Teignmouth will get a new arts and enterprise centre having secured £1.75million from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). The community has fought hard and long and we’re delighted to have been involved in securing the money for them. Continue reading “Cash for Carlton, Teignmouth – great news!”

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.