Seeing is Believing Tour

Social Enterprise Acumen Organised and facilitated the Durham Seeing is Believing Tour. Leading social housing maintenance provider, Wates Living Space, and main contractor, Wates Construction, have joined forces to urge North East businesses to ramp up their support of the region’s social enterprise (SE) sector. The call to action comes as the Wates Group pledges to spend £20m with SEs and follows a ‘Seeing is Believing’ tour in Durham, hosted by Wates to demonstrate the difference being made by the SE sector in the North East. The event saw Wates partner with Social Enterprise UK to host the eighth in a series of nationwide tours designed to highlight the social value created by SEs and encourage businesses to embed SEs within their supply chain. The Wates Group’s commitment to invest in the SE sector has so far seen the business spend almost £9m with social enterprises across the country, fulfilling its pledge to spend £20m with the sector by 2020. ...
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Share Impact podcast

Hear Kates most recent podcast talking about the North East Social Enterprise Festival, and a discussion about what is a social enterprise, the opportunities for the sector over the next 5 years, and why now is such an exciting time to be part of it. Also hear about how she manages her time, tackles procrastination and overcomes the things she doesn't really want to do, enabling her to fit so much in to days and achieve more. Click here is listen...
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The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace

The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace is taking place on Tuesday 21 March 2017 at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.   This new event from Social Enterprise Scotland is a busy marketplace of social enterprises from across the country - plus a unique programme of speakers. Buy and sell goods and services, network and learn - with social enterprises, charities and public and private sector guests. This dynamic and exciting one day event is a marketplace of over 80 exhibitors and a diverse mix of hundreds of delegates helping take Scotland’s brilliant social enterprises forward.     Here are the highlights: Tuesday 21st March 2017, Corn Exchange Edinburgh The new national trade fair, networking and learning opportunity for social enterprises Opening Plenary with Nicola Sturgeon, plus a raft of fantastic and unique sessions & speakers Buy and sell goods and services, network and learn - with social enterprises, charities and public and private sector guests.  Over 100 Exhibitors / hundreds of delegates Scotland’s premier Social Enterprise Event! Delegate Places start at £75 +...
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North East Community Business Club

            The North East’s premier network for Community Businesses, Social Enterprises and Social Leaders. Funded by Power to Change and Hosted by Social Enterprise Acumen CIC. Social Enterprise Acumen CIC (SEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the North East Community Business Club. Times of austerity can also be times of opportunity, so those of us working for social change in our North East Communities need the chance to come together to collaborate, share experiences and knowledge, support each other and explore enterprising ways to tackle the issues we face. The North East Community Business Club has been established to provide the opportunity for this to happen. Locations Social Enterprise Acumen is calling for Expressions of interest from Community Businesses from across the following areas to become ‘Ambassador’ Organisations: 1) Northumberland 2) North Tyneside/Newcastle 3) Gateshead/South Tyneside 4) Sunderland/Hartlepool 5) Darlington/Stockton 6) Middlesbrough Cleveland (Please note we are specifically looking for Community Businesses to be Ambassadors – please see the detailed criteria at http://www.thepowertochange.org.uk/what-is-community-business/) Community Businesses have 4 key criteria. Locally rooted: They...
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Free leadership training

Are you involved with a locally-rooted, people-powered business? Are you passionate about empowering your community? A partnership of Power to Change, the RSA, RIO and University of Sheffield Management School are offering a free leadership training course across the Northern regions of England for people from community businesses committed to developing their skills and impact. You’ll learn and share experiences with others from across the region and receive expert support to help make your organisation more enterprising, inclusive and effective.   “This came at exactly the right time for both our organisation and for me personally. I’ve done a lot of training in the past and it’s rare to find something this good; the content, delivery and other participants have been exceptional.” South West programme participant 2016   Find out more here: https://www.thersa.org/action-and-research/rsa-projects/economy-enterprise-manufacturing-folder/community-business-leaders-programme   Sign up for our FAQs webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3919234863705441793  - Thu, Nov 17, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   To apply for a place on the Community Business Leadership Programme please complete Application stage 1: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/commbizn   If...
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Let’s Talk Good Finance

Big Society Capital are working with Social Enterprise Acumen and VONNE to bring their Let's Talk Good Finance events to the North East. This event is the second in a series of events aiming to bring together charities, social enterprises and organisations with social investors and intermediary bodies to network, share information and discuss latest issues relating to social finance. Hear stories of how social investment has made a real difference for social enterprises and meet investors and people who have been there and done it! Join us at 9:30am for coffee before a 10:00am start. November 23rd, 2016 9:30 AM   to   12:30 PM Sjovoll Centre, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ Contact: kate.welch@socialenterpriseacumen.co.uk    Powered by Eventbrite...
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How North East Social Enterprise Festival 2015 Dragons’ Den helped Birkheads wild

In celebration of the North East Social Enterprise Festival tomorrow I thought I would share with you a letter we received from last year’s winner, Fiona O'Connor director of Birkheads Wild. Come along to Sage, Gateshead tomorrow to hear other inspirational stories, support our local social enterprises and most of all enjoy a full day of live music and entertainment. For more information click here   ...
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Disco Snowdog goes for a night on the toon

North East Social Enterprise Festival and Disco Snowdog to enjoy the lighting of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Festival Colours Celebrate the lighting of Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the colours of the North East Social Enterprise Festival at 7pm on Tuesday October 25th as Disco Dog, Sage Gateshead’s Great North Snowdog, pops out from the music venue to join the Festival organisers for a night on the toon. The North East Social Enterprise Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead on Saturday October 29th from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  In advance of the Festival, Disco Dog, who has been hanging around with a litter of little friends at Sage Gateshead, will make a brief detour from his #GreatNorthSnowdogs trail to take in the sights on Gateshead Millennium Bridge from 7pm to 7.30pm on the evening of Tuesday 25th October. Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit in the North East Social Enterprise Festival colours and Festival organisers will be on hand to provide more information about...
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