Eating jelly and ice cream: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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How’s it going? I’m writing this surrounded by balloons, party poppers and sickly sweet cake because it’s Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You’s birthday party. That’s right, we’re four years old this week. Look, here we are way back in 2013. How the time has flown…newsletters grow up so quickly these days.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend – I am actually going to a joint birthday party for eight (near enough) one-year olds – wish me luck, I think I’m going to need it.


Last week I asked you who you were going to vote for in the election. 278 of you replied and the results are in: it’s a Labour landslide:

Labour 40.36%
Lib Dems 28.21%
Greens 11.07%
Conservatives 8.21%
SNP 7.50%
Other 1.79%
Co-operative Party 1.07%
Plaid Cymru 0.71%
UKIP 0.71%
Ulster Unionists 0.36%
Democratic Unionist Party 0.00%
Sinn Fein 0.00%
SDLP 0.00%

I’m off to the bookies to put everything I own on Labour winning as I am confident that a sample of social entrepreneurs provide a fully representative sample of the wider population…

Sticking with the election, Campaign Collective provided some useful advice for campaigners and charities about what campaigning is allowed during a General Election period.

Applications to the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs slammed shut on Wednesday this week and then crept slightly back open – we’ve extended applications to the Trade Up course (for organisations with a turnover greater than £15k) to Tuesday at 1pm. The focus of the programme is on becoming a more sustainable organisation by growing your traded income.

If you are a social entrepreneur at start up stage in the South West you can also apply to the Bristol and West of England Start Up Social Entrepreneurs Programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. Applications to this programme are open until Wednesday at 1pm.

Staying in the South West, SSE Cornwall have four places remaining on their two day Developing Sustainable Leaders course, which takes place on 25th May and 22nd June. It’s being delivered in partnership with YSC, the world’s leading business consultancy company and takes place in Truro – I have been promised that it will be lovely and sunny both days.

Lloyds and Google are offering a free half day workshop in London next Wednesday to help you understand how you can grow your business / charity online. The event takes place between 9.30am to 1.45pm at Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, E1 and you can register to attend here. (I think there are going to be further dates around the country if you can’t make it to London).

Our building buddies at SEUK are undertaking their biannual State of Social Enterprise survey. The results provide valuable information to create a more supportive environment for social enterprise – it’s well worth the 15 minutes it will take you to complete it, which you can do here. (You can see the results of the 2015 survey here).

SSE students and Fellows have been blitzing the media this week. Start Up student Henry Greenwood and his organisation Green Schools Project feature in the Guardian – Pupil power: how students are turning schools green.  SSE Fellow Sarah Vaughan-Roberts and Forty Hall Community Vineyard were the subject of Radio Four’s On Your Farm this week while SSE Fellow Norma Raynes popped up on the Today programme. Not bad for one week!

A reminder that SSE Fellows are able to gain fast tracked and discounted access to the RSA Fellowship. The RSA offers advice, practical support and cash grants to social entrepreneurs through their Fellowship network – contact RSA’s Fellowship Development Manager Adam Myers at for further details.

SSE Fellow Rebecca White needs your support! Her organisation Your Own Place CIC have been shortlisted for the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund – if you click this link and then select the eastern part of the map you can vote for her there. It takes about 5 seconds to do.

Finally, our Third Sector Digital Leaders course starts next Thursday and there are still a couple of places left. It’s a great course and the only one of its kind in England!

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