Disregarding tips for success: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Every now and again I’ll be ‘working’ on Twitter and a certain type of article will appear in my news feed. ‘Waking Up Early Really Is the Secret To Being Successful‘ is one example from earlier this week. ‘7 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do Before Going To Bed‘ is another. Every time, I’ll think ‘could be useful for the newsletter’, knowing it wont be but I’ll have a quick look.

Careful assessment has taught me that these articles are generally written by lunatics. Take the example of getting up at 5am. By chance, I was up at 5am on Wednesday because my son needed to blow his nose (apparently this requires my help. I don’t actually contribute anything but he thinks that I am vital to the process). Because I was now wide awake I thought I might as well not bother going back to bed. What happened? By 8.30am I was exhausted, by midday I’d had about nine cups of coffee and by 4pm I was practically hallucinating.

So that’s why those types of articles don’t feature in this newsletter. But plenty of others do, so let’s crack on with the news…


Ta da

We’ve opened applications to our Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme. We can help you at all stages: whether you have just an idea, you’re already up-and-running, or you’re ready to scale. On offer is a grant and a twelve month learning programme, available at various locations in England and Scotland. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 27th March.

Everything you need to know is here


Calling all social enterprise caterers: training organisation Happy are looking for innovative and inspiring catering outfits to provide lunches to participants on their courses. They are based in Aldgate, London and you’d be providing lunches to about 160 people per week. The annual contract value is about £45k. They are open to food suggestions but would like to avoid sandwiches.

Contact henry@happy.co.uk if you’d like further information.

Wish you were here

Looking for a midweek break in April? Let me draw your attention to the City of Dreaming Spires and my hometown, Oxford. Located less than an hour from London and Birmingham, Oxford offers a whole host of reasons to visit: the world class museums, the best pubs in the country (to anyone who disagrees I’m happy to kill some time and debate you on Twitter) and, for the foodies among you, some of the finest kebab vans in the land. If you happen to book your stay between 9th and 12th April 2019 you can also attend Marmalade, the informal, dynamic, free and open-access fringe event to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

It’s always well worth attending. You can find out more here.

To Hull and back

Founder of social enterprise Droppoint and all round good egg Christian Purcell is organising a social enterprise fayre in Hull on April 3rd. They are looking for social enterprises to sell their good at a pop up market and support organisations to host stalls with details of the services they offer.

Details of the event are here and if you’d like to take part drop Chris an email at chris@droppoint.org

News of Note(s)

A lovely bit of coverage for SSE Fellow Molly Mathieson and her organisation New Note Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world to specifically seek out members who are in recovery from addiction. Conductor Conall Gleeson was recently the winner in the Community or Educational Project category at the the British Composer Awards.

Read more here

Ooh look an available grant

Smallwood Trust are providing grants to projects which enable women on low incomes to access new skills, training, confidence building and employment opportunities. Grants of roughly £10,000 – £15,000 are available to charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations.

Deadline to apply is 4th March

Live it

The charity sector loves a bandwagon. ‘Place based’ was very much the talk of 2018, but we have an early runner for 2019: lived experience (which was also very hot in about 2013). Following Community Fund’s Leaders with Lived Experience programme from the other week is Catch 22’s ‘Incubate, Accelerate and Amplify’ offering. It’s a two year programme of support for social entrepreneurs with lived and learnt experience of the problems they are tackling.

It’s aimed at early-stage ventures and in year one you’ll receive a salary of £30k, co-working space and guidance from Catch 22.

Further details available here

Role with it

Loads of jobs this week including several opportunities to come and work at SSE

SSE Dartington have a number of roles available, including a Learning Manager, a Marketing Coordinator, and a Programme Administrator. You can find out more on their rather lovely new website.

At SSE HQ in London we’re looking for a Director of Operations & Finance, a Development Manager, a PA to the Chief Executive and Managing Director. We’re also looking for  for some support in our programmes and learning team between now and September to support the delivery of our learning programmes. All the details available here.

Friends of SSE TrustLaw are looking for a Programme Manager based at Canary Wharf. TrustLaw provide probono legal support to charities and social enterprises and you’ll be leading the growth strategy for the UK and Northern Europe region. Further details here.

Social enterprise estate agency Patchwork are looking for both a sales & lettings negotiator and a voluntary advisory board member, both based in the Surrey Quays / Canada Water part of London. You can find out more here.

Dan needs you

Finally, University of Suffolk student Daniel Anderson has asked if we can help him find people to interview for his Msc. If you are a social entrepreneur helping people affected by natural disasters, civil war, or humanitarian crisis he’d love to hear from you – you can contact him at D.Andersen@UOS.AC.UK.

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