SSE Lloyds Bank Start-Up

The application window for recruitment to the SSE Lloyds Bank Start-Up programme starting in October 2016 has now opened. This is a great opportunity to develop your idea or social enterprise as we offer a year’s enterprise support, a 1:1 mentor and a £4,000 grant.

Application Form

Tyne & Wear Preservation Trust want your views on the potential uses of three buildings on High Street West, Sunderland.

Social Enterprise Acumen have been commissioned by Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust (T&WBPT) to carry out a community consultation and engagement to develop a social impact assessment for the future development / use of the buildings from 170-175 High Street West in Sunderland.

9th February, 5pm at Quayside Exchange, Sunderland.  For more information contact 0191 3869785 or email

Getting Your Message Across – a practical workshop for Social Entrepreneurs

Are your frustrated by a lack of response? Do you feel ignored?  Are people confused by what you do?
We will give you practical advice and share experiences about effective communication. By leading you through the practical steps we will cover why, what, who and how. This will create a clear message for you to use.
Through examples you will get to practise and go home enthused to spread your words and get the result you want.
The Workshop will be facilitated by Nancy Radford so don’t delay and book your place today. Large discount offered to Lead the Change Participants.

Social Entrepreneurs Network – 22 October

Social Entrepreneurs Network

The Social Entrepreneurs Network gathered once again Wednesday evening for a night focusing on raising finance for social enterprise.

IMG_5152The night began as you would expect with time for networking with local social entrepreneurs to make new connections and catch up on progress since September’s event. Sunderland based Afro Caribbean Place provided a selection of mouth-watering dishes for our guests including a particularly delicious peanut chicken dish we won’t soon forget.  The jollof rice went down a treat as business cards, advice and encouragement were exchanged.

IMG_5184Gill and Marj from Patchwork People Ltd and Labelled CIC followed by giving an insightful, humorous, and well received presentation telling their story transitioning from successful careers in schools, local authorities, and communities to the high street with the establishment of a social enterprise working with young people furthest from the job market.  The story of their social enterprise’s inception, growth, and ongoing success is truly inspiring.  Since 2011 they have tripled turnover, reduced grant dependency, gained national recognition for their social impact and their ability to attract investment has allowed them to expand in their work offering a range of guidance, support, information, training and advice.  They have won a number of national competitions including Big Venture Challenge.  They continue to serve individuals and organisations using a variety of coaching, consulting, and training methods, supporting others on a similarly successful path to social investment.

Their advice on raising finance was clear and concise.  Know what type of finance you need, how much and why.  Develop a clear picture of your growth plan that lays out what you are planning to do and how.  You need to be able to describe and if possible, demonstrate your social impact with engaging storytelling.

Following a question and answer period attendees broke into smaller groups to delve deeper into specific ways of raising finance: grants for growth or change, trading for income, loan or debt finance, and crowdfunding.  This exercise was as much about providing fact sheets and answers as it was about sharing experiences, challenges, and support.

Many attendees reported coming away from the event with a better understanding of social investment and raising finance.  They were also given resources to take away to further their understanding.

IMG_5183Many thanks to Gill and Marj from Patchwork People Ltd and Labelled CIC and Lucky from Afro Caribbean Place for the delicious spread!  Afro Caribbean Place is located in Sunderland, 31 Hylton Road, SR4 7AF and is offering a tasting session this Friday, 24th October from 12pm until 3pm.  Do Lucky and yourself a favour and pop in for some jerk chicken, rice, peas and more.

Next month the Social Entrepreneurs Network will meet Tuesday 25 November and will focus on “breaking through,” we hope to see you there.

 

Kate Delivers Social Enterprise Lecture @ Wakefield Girls’ High School

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On Tuesday Social Enterprise Acumen CIC chief executive Kate Welch delivered a passionate lecture about social enterprise at Wakefield Girls’ High School.  She spoke about social enterprise’s key role in bringing about social change in a sustainable way, promoting employment and strengthening communities.  After recounting her journey, Kate highlighted successful British social enterprises including female owned and operated Southampton-based ‘Who Made Your Pants?’

We hope to hear about Wakefield’s enthusiastic students growing up to become successful social entrepreneurs in their own right.

Read the school’s full report here.