Channelling our inner Bryan Adams…Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday SSE Ontario, happy birthday to you!

I’m not quite sure if this is a cake or a trifle.

It may be the 4th of July, but that’s not the only celebration on the North American continent today.  That’s right, our school in Canada turned two years old this week.  Big congrats to Marjorie, Prateeksha, Renee, Chryssa and Miles, and keep an eye on their website for details of upcoming festivities.


Hold on!  Don’t blow out all the candles just yet!  Also celebrating a birthday is SSE Fellow Annie Francis and her team at Neighbourhood Midwives who have just turned one. Read about their incredible first year here.


Our ‘big course’ this autumn is Trading for Sustainability, a six day course now in its third year.  The course will take you through the steps that you need to take to sell goods and services to generate new income.   If you are a charity trying to become more financially sustainable, or if you are baffled about how you can earn money when your beneficiaries have none, Trading for Sustainability is the course you need.


If your organisation is focused on assisting young people aged 13-30 years old to explore enterprise, then the RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise scheme should be on your radar. Applications close next Friday so get cracking.


You’ve also only got a week left to apply for the Social Enterprise Awards 2014.  It’s free and easy to apply, and the awards are open to social enterprises and include specific awards that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for.


Grants of up to £5,000 are available from Edge Fund to ‘work run by – and for – communities most affected by discrimination, inequality and injustice, and work that aims to create systemic change’.  Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 8 September 2014.


When she’s not being tweeted about by Caitlin Moran, profiled in the Times or featured in the Evening Standard, SSE student Becky John runs Who Made Your Pants, a fantastic social enterprise producing ethical pants in Southampton.  Want to be a fancy pants? Time is running out to take advantage of their 60% off sale.


Ever wondered what difference it makes buying from a social enterprise, rather than a chain shop on the high street?  SSE Fellow Abhi Arumbakkam of Vandanamu Ethical Cottons has made a brilliant video showing just what happens once you place an order.


A tremendous article in the Guardian about Band of Brothers, co-founded by SSE Fellow Nathan Roberts.   Currently based in Brighton, Band of Brothers uses mentoring to further the personal development of disenfranchised youth.  They will shortly be expanding to London and will be holding an open day on Thursday 17th June – details here.


If you are in London at any point between July and September, make sure you check out the fantastic programme of lunchtime events at St Thomas’s Hospital, curated by Breathe Arts Health Research (founded by SSE Fellow Yvonne Farquharson).  It’s all free, and features performances from the National Theatre, the Globe and the Royal Academy of Music.


Get Legal, a useful resource pointed out to me by SSE’s financial controller @niksclicks  – lots and lots of advice about legal structures and resources including standard legal documents.


Finally, the best thing I’ve seen this week: 10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings. Will this scale?

Have a good week.


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