Longest way round is the shortest way home: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You


Bit of a rush job this week as I had a meeting first thing this morning. What follows is therefore something of a stream of consciousness, a bit like James Joyce’s Ulysses. I somehow doubt that this mediocre round-up of social enterprise news will ever be heralded as the greatest example of modernist Irish literature, however. But I can dream…

Enough blathering, enjoy the week’s news.


  • It only takes about ten minutes of working in the charity / social enterprise sector to realise that it’s a sector which is rather fond of jargon. Handily Tennyson Insurance have put together a guide to ‘understanding the jargon that funders use‘. Read it, learn it and then come to our Sources of Funding workshop next Wednesday and show off your new found linguistic skills.
  • Everyone knows that the coolest people live in Peckham, the coolest part of London, and us Peckhamites are being treated to a screening of ‘London Road’ at the Peckhamplex cinema on Saturday June 13th.  The screening is raising funds for Tender, founded by SSE Fellow Susie McDonald. Tickets are only £4.99 and director Rufus Norris and actress Olivia Colman will be in attendance. All the info that you need is here.
  • Keeping it cultural, the superbly named Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre are selling ‘suspended’ theatre tickets. By spending six quid you can buy a theatre ticket for someone who otherwise would not be able to attend a performance. Neat idea!
  • A last-minute treat for readers of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You. If you fancy coming to our marketing workshop at SSE London on Monday afternoon, enter ‘SSE’ as the promotional code and you can take £60 off the advertised price. (Be quick though, there are only a few tickets available at the discounted rate).
  • You are all invited to a house party! Not at my house I’m afraid (the neighbours complained last time) but in Manchester on 23rd-24th June. HouseParty will ‘challenge, discuss and present the rising talent, organisations, ideas and innovation in UK housing and beyond.’ It’s free to attend and runs alongside the CIH Housing Conference (which SSE will be exhibiting at – come and say hello to me and my colleague Leonie!). If housing is an area of interest, make sure to subscribe to the SE Housing Hub newsletter. SE Housing work to get more social enterprises into the housing supply chain.
  • Taking place on Monday 15th June is the Evolve Conference (we’ll be at that too). Nick Temple of SEUK and Uday Thakkar of Red Ochre are running a free fringe event ‘Social enterprise – how and where to start‘. It starts at a rather early 8.15am, so I hope that there will be lots of coffee.
  • An interesting vacancy at Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol (HAGA), who are currently recruiting for an Enterprise Centre Manager to lead the development and delivery of the new SHINE Enterprise Centre. (Don’t forget we have a couple of vacancies at SSE too).

Have a good week!

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