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Outbid: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

This week I have mostly been bid writing. I have never done bid writing before and I’m fairly sure that I never want to do bid writing again. One thing I’ve learned – our fundraising team aren’t paid enough. They should be on at least three times the amount that we currently pay them because my word putting in funding applications is tedious. Students at SSE often complain about bid writing and until now my first thought has always been ‘how bad can it be?’ – now I understand.

It’s all meant that I’m miles behind with my emails so if you have sent something over to be included and it isn’t here it will be next week.

Enjoy the news…


That’s life

She’ll be embarrassed that I’ve included this as the first item in the news but our head of communications Sophie has been confessing to her love of Esther Rantzen in ‘The Female Focus’, an interview with CLO PR.

You can read it here

You’ve read all about her, now see her in action

Sophie will be hosting the final webinar in our three part webinar series with RSA next Friday (14th) at 12pm. ‘Communicating your vision to achieve your ambitions’ will guide participants on to identifying target audiences and deepening understanding of how to reach them through the tools of communications and social media.

It’s free to take part and you can sign up here

It’s a deal, it’s a steal…

We’ve got 15 heavily discounted tickets available to readers of HIGSENFY (or their team) to learn digital marketing with Alasdair Inglis of Grow (who runs fast-paced and well-received workshops at SSE London). We are excited to offer a half-day digital marketing masterclass for only £28 instead on £98 (I’ve been on the course myself and thoroughly recommend it.)

All attendees get a detailed 25-page workbook and all the workshop slides. You will leave the workshop with a step-by-step online marketing action plan. There are dates in London throughout 2019.

Use the code SSE28 when you make your booking to get a discounted ticket.

Click here to find out more and book

One, two, three, fore

The Fore Trust have opened applications to their grants programme to support funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. Development funding of up to £30,000 is available to charities, social enterprises and community interest companies with a turnover of less than £500,000 per year. The deadline for applications is 7th January.

More details here

Legal Eagles

Not for profit law firm and social finance consultancy Prime Advocates are running a programme called Social Finance Hot Desk, providing pro bono legal support and advice on non-time sensitive issues from top law firms to qualifying social enterprises. Examples of the support undertaken include:

  • Corporate: updating constitutional documentation, corporate deal documents e.g. articles or mission objects
  • Commercial contracts: supplier terms, legal research memos e.g. crowd funding methods
  • Structuring: Selecting the right legal entity for your social enterprise.
  • Staffing: template employment and volunteer agreements
  • Advocacy: Research on laws in multiple countries, comparing best (and worst) practices
  • Funding: Finance or investment agreements and consulting support (cost benefit analysis)

It’s a free service for social enterprises – if you’d like to know more of have an issue that you need help with contact Scott Cummings –

Membership is where the heart is

Social Enterprise UK, our neighbours in The Firestation, are recruiting for a Head of Membership. The role ‘would be the main face of membership across the organisation. It is a key role in ensuring that, internally, all SEUK staff continue to keep “membership at the heart of everything we do”. Externally, it is about ensuring membership satisfaction by improving retention rates, being responsible for initiatives to improve and enhance the member experience as well as meeting our ambitious new member targets.’

If that sounds like the right job for you, apply here. Closing date is 6th January.

Shop to it

Your Own Place, a Norfolk-based social enterprise founded by SSE Fellow Rebecca White that prevents youth homelessness, has launched a new totally transparent giving Christmas campaign. It’s a clever idea; young people in transition create a profile and an Argos wish-list on Your Own Network and then donors can buy items that get shipped directly to a young person who is making a house a home this Christmas.

You can donate here

Read all about it

A nice bit of media coverage for SSE Fellow Josh Babarinde in the Evening Standard this week. His organisation Cracked It! is a social enterprise smartphone repair service staffed by young ex-offenders and youth at risk.

You can read the Standard article here

You too?

SSE Fellow Suzi Godson’s social enterprise MeeTwo has just published the amazing MeeTwo Teenage Mental Help Handbook. It combines young people’s personal mental health stories with an unbelievably extensive directory listing the best support groups, helplines, websites, apps, books, media and self-help activities for the 20 leading issues that come up on the MeeTwo app. The book also includes interviews with leading experts such as Sir Simon Wessely, Sarah Jayne Blakemore, Sir Richard Layard and Sir Anthony Seldon.

For a limited period MeeTwo will send one free copy to a nominated UK school for every copy purchased.

You can buy one here

Last but not least

Finally, SSE Fellow Jay Stewart has a couple of vacancies at his organisation Gendered Intelligence, a CIC which aims to increase understandings of gender diversity and to improve the lives of trans people. Based in London, they are looking for both a full time administrator and a Trans Youth Work: Colours Youth Group Lead.

Details for both roles are available on their website

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Alright treacle? Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

“Hello gorgeous, how you doing?” Not my words, reader, but the words of my two year old son when I returned from work the other evening. I was more than a little surprised, as a) he’s only two b) neither his mother or I greet people like that and c) I don’t think that he drives a van with a copy of The Sun perched on the dashboard (refer to point a). I’m looking forward to seeing how his language evolves – maybe in eighteen months or so he’ll have gone full Danny Dyer. I’m half tempted to encourage it further just to mix things up around the Christmas table with the rest of my family.

Anyhow, there’s nothing more boring than people banging on about what their children have been doing so with that in mind, let’s crack on with the wooden pews (news)…


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Please, respect your elders: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

This newsletter has occasionally been used to poke fun at our Chief Executive, Alastair Wilson. But there will be none of that today, because yesterday was his birthday. His 50th birthday. And that’s a momentous occasion. For those of you for whom 50 is just an impossibly large number and you need some greater context, here’s just how long ago this was:

  • When Ali was born, man hadn’t yet walked on the moon
  • England were the reigning World Cup champions
  • BBC One was still broadcast only in black and white

It truly was a different era, and so we should applaud Alastair for the way he has adapted to the modern world with only minor complications. His rapid evolution would stagger anthropologists: after only half a century Wilson has developed the capacity to send a tweet with only minimal supervision. Remarkable.

Of course it’s worth noting that Ali was not the only man born in 1968, products of the dying embers of the first summer of love. Others include Daniel Craig, Will Smith and Owen Wilson, and Ali shares a lot in common with them: they were all born in 1968, for example. I’m sure there are other similarities, I just can’t think of any at this moment in time.

So, happy birthday Ali. Or HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI, to save you having to reach for your reading spectacles.

I’m going to and hide in a cupboard now. If he can’t see me, he can’t fire me.


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Bashing the Balearics: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

One of my big regrets in life is that I’ve never been to Ibiza. I don’t know why, a week of nights out clubbing and days spent recovering on the beach would have been perfect in my twenties.

Good news, however, as this week I have made up for it all by booking a trip to…Centerparcs. In January. Ok, it might not be 30 degrees and sunny but apparently the ‘Fun Pots with Tots’ activity is better than a night at Pacha and ‘Toddler Party Hour’ is the new Sundays at Space. The comparisons don’t end there – people always complain that Ibiza is horrendously expensive. Guess what, Centerparcs is too! I’ve looked online and it’s £5.40 for a pint of Peroni. So, why head all the way to San Antonio or Ibiza Town when you could go to Longleat or Woburn Forest. See you in the Aquazone…


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Multitasking: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

A brief introduction to this week’s Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You – my wife is ill so I’m juggling working from home and looking after an 8 week old baby. Both have been asleep most of the morning but I’m not taking any chances. I know exactly how these things work; I’ll get halfway through constructing one of the most hilarious newsletter introductions ever written when the baby will wake up and I’ll have to change a nappy and lose my train of thought.

So, let’s crack on with the news. I had loads to include this week – if you sent something over and it’s not here it will be in the next edition.


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