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.

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

Great news for Exeter social enterprises

We’re delighted that Exeter City Council are continuing their support of the development of social enterprises in the city for 2013/14.

As part of the Exeter Business Support partnership, we will be continuing to provide business advice sessions for people and organisations wishing to set up a new social enterprises, for young social enterprises needing to consolidate and grow and for those that are struggling in these tough times.  Continue reading “Great news for Exeter social enterprises”

Test your Innovation Skills

The “Innovation Fitness” tool provides an easy-to-use questionnaire to evaluate a company’s capabilities. With the help of a trained assessor, this is used as a guideline to offer a range of practical advice to improve innovation within an organisation.

Launched this week by Devon County Council in partnership with Exeter University, the  first 50 organisations to apply will receive a voucher for a free diagnostic service! For more details or to apply: http://innovatedevon.wordpress.com/

ESSENCE of Exeter newsflash!

It’s great to see the network growing and we now have a website almost ready to launch. We just need our ESSENCE members to send up their information on this form with an image or logo of their choice and it’s the perfect place to really show how Exeter is a great place for social enterprises and co-operatives to thrive.

ESSENCE website form

Skills for Impact – free support now available

We’re really excited to have been awarded the contract, in partnership with Social Enterprise Works in Bristol, to provide the support for the ‘Skills for Impact’ project with South West Forum.

South West Forum secured funding from the Learning and Skills for Improvement Service (LSIS) to deliver this intensive support programme in impact measurement for 12 voluntary and community sector skills and learning providers. Participation is free thanks to the support from LSIS however organisations will need to cover travel and subsistence costs.  Continue reading “Skills for Impact – free support now available”

The Energy Marketplace Event, 19 March, Exeter

19 March 2013, 9am-4pm Westpoint, Exeter
Established as the largest event of its kind in the region, where customers can come and find out more about what’s on offer. It brings together some 100 expert companies providing the full range of renewable and energy efficient technologies with expert seminars covering all you need to know about choosing the right solution for you – and how to earn and save money from renewable energy.

Whether you are a farmer or landowner, a tourism business, part of the construction sector, a community group, responsible for public buildings and land – or just thinking about what to do in your own home – this is the event for you.

Delegate tickets are available from £15. To book, click here