Happy Participants at Okehampton RGN Workshop!

June the 16th provided a great chance for us to work with Stewart Horne and his team at the BIP and visit the Okehampton Work Hub for the first time too – what a great space! The feedback from the session was really positive and among the comments provided in response to ‘What did you find most useful and why? was;  “learning about the various funding opportunities”.  If you missed the session, don’t worry, there’s one more chance to come and find out what we covered in a short breakfast session on the 3 July back at the Work Hub.  Hope to see you there!

Exeter’s Fairtrade Fortnight coming soon!

Fairtrade Fortnight is run nationally by the Fairtrade Foundation and aims to raise awareness of the fairtrade movement. The aims of fairtrade is to create a world where there are better prices, decent working conditions, increased local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

From 24th Feb to the 9th March, there will be lots of events. I think this one probably gets my vote! Dinner at the fab restaurant @34, at Exeter College (Michael Caine’s Academy). It’s on 27th Feb, 7.30pm. For menu and booking, click here

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

Calling Exeter Social Enterprises – Express & Echo Pride of Exeter Awards

Thanks to Heather from the Chamber of Commerce for alerting us that the Express and Echo are holding Pride of Exeter Awards, which may be suitable for some of our ESSENCE members.


The nominations close next Wednesday (Oct 2). Shortlisted nominees will be invited to their awards dinner on November 13, and there will be extensive coverage of those nominated, and of course the winners.  Categories could include City Ambassador category, Environmental Hero, Good Neighbour and Community Group.