Bear Grylls? Pah: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You.


The SSE London team spent the day in a forest yesterday. We learned how to (sort of) start a fire, how to (sort of) walk like a fox and then we hunted a man playing a flute while we were blindfolded and barefoot in a forest. (Hmmm. I’m sure that it was chestnuts in the soup that we ate a lunchtime, but I might be wrong).

Huge thanks to SSE student Robert Fallon for hosting us at his project Wild Nature – highly recommended if you want to do some team building and pick up some survival skills.

Enjoy your weekend


Voting is now open for our Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Five fantastic finalists from this year’s Scale-Up Programmes in Liverpool and London are now competing for a first prize of £10,000. You can watch a video introducing each of the finalists, and find all the details of how to vote, on our website.

Going, going, not quite gone… You’ve got a couple of days left to get a bid in for our ‘pay-what-you-want’ Leadership Development course, which takes place on October 14th and November 30th. Normal price is £360, you could be lucky and get a place on the course for a lot less than that! Bids close at midnight on Monday, and I’ll contact the winners on Tuesday.

“What does it all mean?” Students of existentialism will enjoy David Floyd’s most recent blog which provides a detailed analysis of the potential impact that the launch of B Corps in the UK will have on the social sector.

NCVO have launched a new scheme which matches charities with government statisticians for placements of up to five days. If you’ve got some number crunching that you need to be done then you need to apply by 23rd October.

Shared Assets have produced a report which ‘explores the main issues faced by land-based social enterprises and strategies for addressing them’.

Last week I told you about Catherine Owen’s recently launched crowdfunding campaign. Who is Catherine Owen? Absolutely no idea, I appear to have made her up. (It had been a long week). The campaign, for Your Own Place CIC, is actually being run by SSE student Rebecca White. Apologies to Rebecca…

Social Enterprise UK will be holding a flagship event in Manchester next Saturday to mark Social Saturday, the national day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises. The event takes place at  Central Working, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4E from 11am – 12:30pm. Details here.

Citybridge Trust have funding available to help organisations prepare to take on social investment. Grants of up to £50k are available. (Not sure if social investment is a sensible option for your organisation? Come to our Unlocking Social Investment workshop on October 21st for a full introduction to the topic.)

In the wake of the on-going Volkswagen scandal, the Telegraph pulled no punches in their article ‘Corporate Social Responsibility has become a racket – and a dangerous one‘.

Last but not least…if you want to grab one of the last places on our Online Marketing Masterclass next Friday, use the promotional code ‘lastchance’ for a £60 discount.

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