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.

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!

Seedbed, Dartington – new programme for social businesses

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”

Rural Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme – Recruiting Now

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.

More details

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”

Introduction to Social Enterprise Training Day

If you are thinking about setting up a Social Enterprise, this is the workshop for you! You will explore different models of Social Enterprise and how they are run on a day to day basis. You will also learn the importance of being clear about the demand for the products or services you plan to deliver and how it is essential to have your strategy in place before deciding upon the legal structure within which to operate.

Introduction to Social Enterprise

Mind Your Own Business

We are delighted to be collaborating with The Community Council of Devon to support this event on the 17th July at their premises at Matford Business Park. This Free event, which is part of their Women Do Business programme will provide a unique networking and training workshop to help women entrepreneurs. Mind Your Own Business flyer and booking form 17 06 12