Pop-tastic: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Last Saturday I was on a 40th birthday night out in Norwich, during which I learned three important lessons.

1. Norwich is a lot further from London than you initially might think. It’s actually quicker to get a train from my house in south east London to Brussels than it is to get to Norwich.

2. It is now impossible to be in a social situation and avoid people talking about Brexit. Whereas pub chat a few years ago would be something along the lines of “no, it’s too early for jagerbombs and there’s no way I’m having tequila” you’re now more likely to have a conversation about the indicative vote process, which will in turn lead you to deciding that it’s just the right time for a jagerbomb and you certainly will be having a tequila.

3. At 38 years old I’m too old to be heading to 90s themed pop nightclubs until gone 2am. Anyone who saw me staggering towards Norwich station on Sunday would have assumed I was involved in some sort of 28 Days Later re-enactment. Still, a 90s themed pop nightclub does provide a loose song-based them for this newsletter so here we go…


All ‘Bout the Money (by Meja, released 1998)

The chorus of this song is “it’s all about the money, it’s all ’bout the dun dun do do do dumb” which makes about as much sense as I did by about 4pm last Saturday. Fortunately, the good people at Paul Hamlyn Foundation are rather more coherent in communicating their new Shared Ground Fund, which supports organisations to explore opportunities and address challenges in the area of migration and integration.

Two funding levels are available – ‘Explore and Test’ offering grants of up to £60,000 and More and Better offering grants of £100,000 – £300,000 (or even £400,000 if you really nail that application form).

All the details here

You Oughta Know (Alanis Morisette, 1995)

If you are going to pop in a bid to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation you really should make sure that you’re giving yourself the best chance. And how can you do that? By coming on our Fundraising from Trusts and Foundations course in London next Wednesday. After all, knowledge is power.

Book a place here

What’s Up? (4 Non Blondes, 1992)

“What’s up Dave?” asked my colleague Amy Barbor the other day.

“Not much”, I replied, “just doing the usual and working really hard and not messing around at all. What’s up with you?”

“Well Dave, I’ve just written a blog about how ‘nice progressive white people’ need to challenge themselves to make the social sector more inclusive. Would you like to read it?”

I confirmed that I would and asked Amy to send it to me, so she sent me this link to it on our website. It’s a really thought provoking piece.

Around the World (Daft Punk, 1997)

It’s quite difficult to find songs about computers and the internet from the 1990s. Did we have computers back then? It’s so long ago it’s all a bit of a blur…I thought Daft Punk might be a good bet but they didn’t start banging on about technology until well into the mid 2000s. So the tenuous link here is that the Third Sector Digital Leaders webinar series that we’ve done with Zoe Amar is now over and I’ve popped all the videos on our website. Which you can access from around the world.

Watch them from the beach next time you’re on holiday

I’ve Got Something to Say (Reef, 1999)

Reef, of course, famously hail from the west country; Somerset to be exact. If they decided to put down their guitars (they still tour, I saw them last year) they could decide to sign up to the Somerset Development Programme. It’s a new free programme of support delivered by SSE Dartington in Taunton between June and September 2019. The course is aimed at social enterprises that are incorporated or plan to be by the start of the programme – priority will be given to applications from Somerset.

Further info here

Tellin’ Stories (The Charlatans, 1997)

“I’ll be there in the mornin’, can’t you see I’m tellin’ stories” crooned The Charlatans, a band who appear to have a severe aversion to the letter ‘g’. Also hopin’ to tell more stories is SSE Fellow Jude Habib, who is runnin’ a crowdfundin’ campaign to create a network of media savvy storytellers led by people with direct experience of some of the biggest issues facing our society today. The aim is to create a more diverse media which reflects the views and ideas of a wider cross section of society.

You can find out more and back the campaign here

One Week (Barenaked Ladies, 1998)

That’s about the length of time you’ll need to commit if you want to read all of Charity Comms’ absolutely mammoth guide to innovation. It’s great, particularly if you love buzzwords: blockchain – check, iterative – check, ideation – check. You get my point.

Read the report here

We like to Party (Venga Boys,1998)

If the Venga Boys still like to party and they happen to be in London on April 11th they might want to head to Kensington for Resurgo’s second Ventures Showcase, an opportunity to cheer on your favourite of six social impact ventures as they vie for a top prize. Wine and canapés will abound, apparently, which is always a good thing.

You can get £5 off by using the code ‘Showcase.2019’ when making your booking.

Which you can do here

No Limits (2 Unlimited, 1993)

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no ,no ,no, no there’s no limit at Untld, who have just launched ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like..?’ a new podcast for anyone concerned with the big problems facing society. Milly Chowles is traveling around the UK meeting ‘ leaders of social change who have created ‘business for good’ ventures, working on a local or national scale’.

Find out more here

King of My Castle (Wamdue Project, 1998)

You could make the newly launched SSE Hub Dartington your castle if you are looking for a new place to work from. If you need workspace or would like to work in an inspiring place where you can meet other businesses you should check it out. There are a range of packages available, starting from £20 a month (if you buy by 31st March).

Take a look here

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Another thing Theresa has ruined: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

In a rare moment of forward planning, sometime ago I marked in my diary that today was one week until Brexit. I had a cracker of a newsletter lined up (you’ll have to trust me on that); we may have been hurtling out of the EU but Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You was going to be the tonic needed to bring the country together again (again, you’ll just have to believe me). But once again our politicians have managed to mess everything up and so you’ll just have to make do with this for now. Don’t blame me, blame that mob in Westminster trying to do their best to ruin the country.

There’s a lot of good stuff in here this week, enjoy…


Tick tock

The deadline for our Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland programme is next Wednesday (27th) at midday. On offer is a grant and a free SSE learning programme and there are three levels available: start up, trade up and scale up. You’ve still got time to get the application submitted…

Further details here

Through the keyhole

If you’re interested in seeing what the blinds in my loft look like you should check out our Fundraising, Business Development and Partnerships webinar from earlier this week, which saw Zoe Amar and Mandy Johnson discussing some of the key issues charities face when fundraising online. We also hosted an excellent webinar with Jim Bowes, CEO of Manifesto Digital, sharing his thoughts on organisational change.

We’ve got two further webinars scheduled next week: you can sign up to those and find details of the previous recordings here.

A change will do you good

Paul Hamlyn Foundation have opened the Act For Change fund, a £3.6 million partnership for organisations supporting young people working for change. Grants of between grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 are available to organisations with an annual income ranging from £25,000 to £5 million.

All the details you need are here


Now this is a pretty cool opportunity; Maze-X is a new impact accelerator based in Lisbon and inviting 10 ‘impact tech-based’ to apply for a three month programme which starts in May. You’ll receive a 7,500 EUR stipend  (which will be the equivalent of about £3,000,000 in the post Brexit economy), access to corporate pilot opportunities and support from a network of expert mentors and a dedicated team.

You need to apply by 25th March

Oo ah India

Portugal not exotic enough for you? Impact Journey are launching a social enterprise accelerator in India for UK students, graduates and young professionals. There are two and four week programmes available and they are looking for individuals who want to learn more about the social enterprise space in India whilst also providing the opportunity to work on their own personal development, develop their skills, gain work experience and immerse themselves in a new culture.

One place is up for grabs for free as part of a competition they are running.

Details here 

Third time’s a charm

It’s a good week for fans of accelerator programmes, because here’s third one: The Collective London Accelerator is a free twelve week programme for social entrepreneurs who build connected communities in London. It’s open to social entrepreneurs operating in one of the following areas: health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability, economic opportunity or social intergration.

Applications are open until April 17th

Open to all

My colleagues have been busy putting fingers to keyboard and blogging on the subject of inclusivity. First up, learning manager Nils Bucknell has written about how we have adapted the recuritment process for applicant to our Fellowship programme in London to help us discover entrepreneurial traits in a more inclusive way.

Next up, our network manager Emily Vermont has put together a great blog about how organisationa can be more inclusive when recruiting new members of staff. It’s packed full of useful tools and resources.

The only way is…

Social enterprise, according to the Essex Social Enterprise Network. They are hosting a free event in Chelmsford on April 24th at Anglia Ruskin University. It’s an opporturnity to meet other social enterprises, hear from exciting speakers and think about what you want from the network in the next 12 months…

Sign up here


Also free and also in April is the 2019 Enactus UK National Expo, a chance for a select group of business, student and academic leaders from across the country to gather together to showcase how entrepreneurial action and shared innovation is transforming lives and creating a better future. The event runs in London on 8th and 9th April and keynote speakers include social entrepreneur Liam Black and Ceila Hodson of Hey Girls.

The deadline to register is today

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A couple of jobs that could be of interest:

SSE Felllow Jerry During is looking for a part time Specialist Money Coach (Team Supervisor) for his organisation Money A+E, a social enterprise that provides simple and accessible money advice and education to people in need. The role is based in London and they are looking for an experienced specialist money adviser / case worker with at least two years’ experience. More info here.

Expert Impact are looking for a Head of Communication & Community to help take their mentoring programme for social entrepreneurs international. Expert Impact are based in Holborn, London but they ‘enthusiastically support remote and
flexible working.’ More info here.

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