North East Social Enterprise Festival 2016 at Sage, Gateshead

The Sage Gateshead was the host of the second North East Social Enterprise Festival on Saturday October 29th.
Although the majority of Social Entrepreneurs operate and trade for the benefit of communities in the North East (so when they profit, our society profits) there are many internationally known brands operating for global good and we look forward to welcoming them to the North East.

North East Social Enterprise Festival 2016 programme

Download the programme for details on the exhibitors at the festival and the full entertainment schedule.

28th October 2015 at Newcastle Race Course

On October 28th, 2015 Newcastle Race Course was the venue for the first ever North East Social Enterprise Festival. The Festival was a celebration of the breadth and growth of this sector.

Every activity, product and service available was provided by a Social Enterprise. Even the fantastic logo was the result of the wonderfully creative team at Alpha Communications, a worker’s cooperative and a social enterprise.

The event was made possible through the coordinated efforts of Social Enterprise Acumen CIC, Keepmoat, Your Homes Newcastle, UNW and Virgin Money amongst others. The Festival had numerous displays of the benefits of collaborative efforts and a fantastic array of creative ways to combat social problems.  Puppets, robots, stilt walkers, drummers, artists, IT geeks, bakers and business skills were all being displayed. The Festival provided a platform for social entrepreneurs to demonstrate the tools they use to fulfil their desires to make their community better.

Messages from Exhibitors



Press Releases:

Press Release – NESEF After the Event

Press Release – Event Interview with Kate Welch

Press Release – NESEF 2015 Case Studies


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