Heading to the seaside: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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A short(ish) HIGSENFY this week – I’m off to Poole for a few days and have an absolute shedload of work to get through before that. I do occasionally do some work you know. I’m also on a training course next Thursday and Friday so there may not be an edition next Friday – it could be the first day under a new Prime Minister…

Have a great weekend, here’s hoping that there is some sunshine.


The Shackleton Foundation are offering support and grants of up to £10,000 to ‘to enable aspiring leaders and social entrepreneurs to establish their own ventures to help young people in challenging circumstances.’ The next round of funding closes on August 4th.

Also open for applications is the Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest programme – it’s pretty unique, offering grants from £10,000 – £25,000 for two to three years and funding core costs. Applications are open until June 16th.

SSE Fellow Jem Stein is hosting a comedy fundraiser at the Union Chapel, London on June 20th featuring Robin Ince, Lloyd Griffith, Grainne Maguire, Joe Bor, and Lou Sanders. All proceeds go to The Bike Project’s work donating refurbished bikes to refugees and asylum seekers in London. You can buy tickets here – they are £15 each and you can get one free if you buy four.

Birmingham City University is offering free design thinking consultations to social enterprises and other organisations tackling social issues. It looks well worth getting involved with.

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards are open to people aged 18-35 (making me no longer young…). This year the awards are focusing on four areas: Farm to Table, Opportunities for Women, Waste, and Water. You could win a €50,000 cash award and one-to-one mentoring support tailored to their specific needs for a duration of 12 months.

While we’re on Unilever it seems an appropriate time to mention that their ex-global brand director Holly Whelan will be delivering How to Create an Authentic Mission-Led Brand, a new one-day workshop at SSE London on September 8th. I reckon I might well sit in on that one, it’s going to be excellent.

Bootstrap Company in Dalston are looking to recruit new trustees to their board. Bootstrap’s core business is providing workspace to a diverse mix of tenants, supporting them to start up and grow.

Ogunte are hosting ‘Hire and retain talent (including your own) in your social enterprise‘, a free breakfast meeting in London on June 13th. Speaking alongside Servane Mouazan, Founder and Director of Ogunte CIC will be Be Kaler, Founder and Director of Futureheads Recruitment Ltd.

In Scotland, the Melting Pot Edinburgh are running Good Ideas Catalyst, ‘an intensive two-day facilitated process to develop your business and increase your impact’. It takes place on 4th and 5th September and is free to attend, but you need to apply by Sunday 18th June.

Finally, a mention for Fruitful: a new social enterprise from Pursuing Independent Paths (PIP) whose director Bill Feeney is a regular speaker at SSE. Fruitful is a juice stall that will be staffed by some of the disabled people that PIP work with. You can watch a video about it here and if you fancy working for them they are currently recruiting a Fruitful Co-ordinator.

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