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P-P-P-Picked Up a Penguin: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You


Good morning. I’m writing this on Thursday with a rather sore head. We had our Start Up graduation on Wednesday night and boy did things escalate: I ended up going home with an inflatable penguin. We’ve decided to just be friends.

Congratulations to all the students who graduated – a cracking bunch this year. Congratulations also to our learning manager Nils who made it into work today after consuming numerous tequila shots and a jagerbomb. That’s dedication for you.

Enjoy this week’s news, and have a great weekend.


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Out of quarantine: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You


Hello again! After a week of illness Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You is back – probably best that you keep a safe distance though, just in case. This newsletter was touch and go as well due to unprecedented levels of busyness this week; I’ve had to postpone the appointment marked ‘start winding down for Christmas’ for at least another week. Don’t all shed a tear at once.

Enjoy this week’s news and have a good weekend.


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Thrown together in 15 minutes: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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It’s another brief newsletter this week, as I’m tied up delivering the final days of our Third Sector Digital Leaders course (not literally, that would be strange even for SSE). All in a week when the people of America elected as president a man whose name is a synonym for passing wind as well. Nominative determinism at its best.  Enjoy this week’s news, and if you happen to be at Good Deals next week come and say hello – I’ll be the one not in a suit.


One of the speakers on the Third Sector Digital Leaders course was Clare Bamberger of insight, innovation and impact monitoring agency Insight-ful, who are hosting the first ever Insight-ful Take Away in Vauxhall on November 28th. It’s free to attend, and they will be sharing 4 years of fundraising insight and delving into case studies from their clients.

We’ve got a very cool part time job opportunity at SSE London – we’re looking for a relationship officer to manage the relationship with the speakers that we use on our courses (we call them witnesses, because you can’t beat a bit of organisational terminology).  No specific experience is needed, but you do need to be good a meeting new people and interested in social change.

SSE Fellow Sylvia Douglas of MsMissMrs (check out their empowerment pants) has been nominated for the Scottish Business Awards’ first ever Social Enterprise Award. Good luck from all at SSE!

Co-op are looking for three projects to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund, which donates 1% of everything that Co-op members spend in store to a local cause.

Power to Change have opened the third round of their Community Business Fund with grants of between £50,000 – £300,000 available. You need to apply by December 16th.

SSE student Richard Littler is doing his best to stoke the embers of London’s nightlife by hosting the Grooveschool Winter Fundraiser at the Prince of Wales in Brixton on December 2nd. It’s a cracking lineup, including A Guy Called Gerald and Terry Francis alongside some of the young djs that Grooveschool have supported. See you on the dancefloor.

Are charities doing as much good as they say or are they telling tales? asks Street League’s CEO Matt Stephenson-Dodd. It’s a well measured-piece.

SSE Fellow Sharla Duncan hopes that you will back her East London Inspire Programme to win support from the Aviva Community Fund. If successful, the project will work with 140 pupils to address the factors that are holding disadvantaged pupils back. You can vote here.

Finally, social enterprise Fat Macy’s, which provides opportunities for young Londoners living in homeless hostel accommodation, are running ten supper club events in London in the run up to Christmas. The events give participants valuable work experience and the confidence to challenge the perception of homelessness. You can find out more here.

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Putting things off until Monday: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Untitled design (6)Hello Friday you beautiful thing. I’ve had one of those weeks where my to-do list at the end of the week is much longer than it was at the start of the week so I’m going to what all successful procrastinators do and ignore it and hope it goes away. Friday is not a day for to-do lists, I’m sure you’ll agree. Unless the list consists of ‘drink gin and tonic’.

Enjoy this week’s news, and have a good weekend.


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