Better late than never? Possibly. Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

I’ve been in Manchester at the CIH Housing Conference all of this week so this week’s Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You is very much a rushed back of an envelope job. (No-one is going to be reading it anyway, as everyone seems to be at Glastonbury!)

I could write extensively about our time at the conference but in summary the main takeaways from the entire trip were: 1. Our Head of Comms Leonie is a surprisingly excellent karaoke rapper. 2. Manchester can provide a rather lively night out. 3. We need to up our game when it comes to exhibition stand decoration:

Spot the SSE stand

-Spot the SSE stand

Next week’s edition should be a little less rushed, but for now, here’s the news:


Continue reading

Share Button

Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You: RELOADED


Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You has come under some fierce criticism in recent weeks. Not from the loyal readers, I hasten to add, but from internal sources. ‘Not very good‘ was a comment the other week from one staff member. ‘Noticeable dip in quality‘ another. This week, the SSE Twitter account tweeted that they were only ‘sometimes funny‘. Imagine that! The Twitter account that I ran for two years is now making barbed comments behind my back.

After much soul searching, some tears, and lonely hours listening to angry guitar music, I’ve decided that there’s only one thing for it. I’m going to employ the tactic used by failing Hollywood franchises, the reboot.

Ladies and gentleman, without further ado, I present to you: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You – RELOADED.


Continue reading

Share Button

5 reasons to attend our Transition to Trading course

It’s less than a month until our six-day Transition to Trading course begins. If you haven’t confirmed your place yet, here are five reasons that we think that you should book your place on the course:

1. You will learn how to become less dependent on grants and earn new sustainable income for your organisation.

We will work with you to ensure that you understand the key issues and concepts in developing new income streams for your organisation (such as strategy, sales, pricing, marketing, customer analysis, demonstrating impact).  You’ll learn how you can start earning an income by selling your organisation’s services or products.

2. You will hear relevant case studies from expert practitioners from across the third sector.

We have carefully chosen a line-up of speakers that best illustrate how to make the transition to trading successfully. This year’s speakers include Georgie Fienberg (founder of Afrikids), Alana Cookman (Head of Cafes, Crisis), Tom Ravenscroft (founder, Enabling Enterprise), Fran Findlater (CEO, Bounce Back Foundation) and John Brown (Founder, John Brown Media).

3. You will form a strong network with other participants.

The course offers a great opportunity for peer learning and for collaboration with other organisations. Bookings so far have included Worcestershire Council, Salvation Army, YMCA and National Citizen Service. 

4. You will feel more confident about your own leadership role.

Making the transition to traded income can be difficult. The course will ensure that you are well equipped to tackle the organisational challenges that you and your team are likely to face.

5.  You’ll have a lot of fun!

Courses at the SSE are designed to be enjoyable as well as being full of practical, relevant learning that you can apply to your organisation. We work hard to make sure that each participant goes home with a smile on their face! 

Price: £750 (£700 for SSE students and Fellows).

Find out more and book your place

Share Button

Cursing computers: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

I’ve been having an IT crisis this morning, hence the lateness of this week’s Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You. At one point it looked like it would actually be quicker to come and hand deliver a copy to each individual subscriber, or to try and communicate it via morse code or something. I used my technical skills to invoke the drastic last resort of turning the computer off and on again but that didn’t achieve anything. It was so serious I almost gave up and went home. Then it seemed to fix itself, but now I can’t upload images to our blog.  Thank god it’s Friday…

Loads of good news this week, enjoy!


Continue reading

Share Button

Longest way round is the shortest way home: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You


Bit of a rush job this week as I had a meeting first thing this morning. What follows is therefore something of a stream of consciousness, a bit like James Joyce’s Ulysses. I somehow doubt that this mediocre round-up of social enterprise news will ever be heralded as the greatest example of modernist Irish literature, however. But I can dream…

Enough blathering, enjoy the week’s news.


Continue reading

Share Button