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

Posts vacant

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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