Pre-dystopia: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Time to take a break from stock piling food because this week’s round up of social enterprise news is here. Make the most of editions from here on in – it’s not long until society collapses and we’re all forced from our jobs to go and tend the fields on Jacob Rees-Mogg’s estate. How handy are you with a sickle? We won’t even to be able to take comfort from the fact that we’ve got blue passports as global warming means that it will be too hot to travel anywhere south of the Outer Hebrides. At least we’ll have our chlorinated chicken though, they’ll never take that from us…

Happy Friday!


Go West

We’ll kick things off in the South West where we’ve just launched a whole load of new courses:

  • Start Up Intensive Somerset 2018 is a three-day start-up intensive programme for anyone with a social enterprise idea and will give an introduction to starting and setting up a social business, giving you the extra support needed to get started. Deadline for applications is 2nd September – apply here.
  • Devon and Somerset Development Programme is a fully funded 8-day programme, worth over £2,500 in development support. It is a course for established enterprises to delve deeper and spend time exploring their revenue generation options and strategy. Deadline for applications is 9th September – apply here.
  • Start Up Bristol is a fully funded 7 day course designed to improve the performance and impact of your business, with the chance to win a £1800, £1200 or £600 award. Deadline for application is 1st October – apply here.
  • Bristol Trade Up Booster a 3 day fully funded intensive course designed to boost the performance and impact of your business and develop leadership and business skills: you’ll learn from business experts how to boost income streams, grow your customer base and develop your business plan. Deadline for applications is 7th September – apply here.

Look North

The good times aren’t limited to just one part of the country, however. Our friends at Good Finance are hosting ‘Good Finance Live’ in Newcastle on September 27th (both Gwyneth Paltrow and Meat Loaf’s birthdays, fact fans). It’s an opportunity to meet social investors, hear stories from others who have used social investment and be kept in the loop about the latest market developments and trend – it’s free to attend and they’ll even throw in lunch.

Register for a place here

It’s vulgar to talk about money, but…

Would you like SSE to pay money into your bank account? Because we will, although there are a couple of hoops that you’ll need to jump through. The main hurdle is that you’ll need to work for us. Luckily we’ve got a couple of options available to you:

  • You could be our new freelance communications contractor, initially for three months part-time with the possibility to extend. The role will be based remotely – do it in your garden, on the beach, in your local Wetherspoons – we don’t mind. Deadline is August 13th.
  • Or you could tender for our Accreditation Market Research – we’re looking to appoint an external consultant to conduct a piece of market research to explore the potential for extending the range of accredited programmes we offer and the model through which we deliver this. You need to get your tender in by August 6th.

You can find details of both roles here

Access your cv

Away from SSE, Access – the foundation for social investment are looking for a Director of Learning and Advocacy. If you have considerable experience in leading a research and advocacy function (preferably in the social sector) they’d like to hear from you.

The role pays £65k and you need to apply by July 29th.

Apply here

It could be Jem

SSE Fellow Jem Stein and his organisation The Bike Project have been nominated in this year’s National Lottery Awards. The winner will get a cash prize, but more importantly, the publicity of a primetime slot on BBC One. Jem now needs you to support and for you to vote for him, which you can do three times in three ways:

The deadline to vote is Friday 27th July.

Tramping through East London 

The Trampery in London’s Old St have launched applications for The Trampery Pathways Programme, a unique three-month support programme that takes a brand new approach to supporting early-stage entrepreneurs as individuals and leaders, as well as helping develop their businesses. All costs are fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund so it’s completely free to take part. Apply before August 17th.

Find out more here

Putting the fun in impact fund

Also open for applications is the Unltd Impact Fund, a practical finance package for ambitious social ventures who are improving access to employment for those distant from the labour market. On offer is a blended loan and grant financing package of between £50,000 and £150,000 and support from an Unltd venture support manager.

Further details here 

You’re spoiling us, Mr Ambassador

An interesting job opportunity with Coast and Vale Community Action who are looking for two social enterprise zone ambassadors, one based in Scarborough and one based in Bridlington. The aim of the roles is to promote the Yorkshire Coast Social Enterprise Zone and to champion local, social and community enterprise. There is no mention of Ferrero Rocher on the job description but I’m pretty sure that it comes with the job.

Apply here 

For fellow fitness fanatics

I jest, I’m more of a super fanatic. Anyhow, SSE student River Hawkins and his organisation Humen have teamed up Barry’s Bootcamp for a special event at Barry’s in Victoria, London. Taking place on Sunday 12th August at 3.30pm is will bring together men from all over the country for ‘the most intense bootcamp your body has ever experienced’. Tickets are £30 and include complimentary healthy snacks from MunchFit, your own Humen X Barry’s workout tee and an introduction to Humen with two guest speakers. All money raised will go to Humen, a charity helping men to improve their mental health and be more human.

Find out more here

Sharpen your quill

Victoria Maltby of Practical Governance has contacted me with news of a new blog platform called ‘Community Leadership’ which aims to give those on the front line of community based organisations a voice to share their success stories, failures, learnings and advice. It’s in the early stages but Vicky would love it to be driven by community leaders (and used by community leaders). It was created off the back of a Marmalade 2018 event led by Practical Governance.

You can check out the platform here and if you’d like to contribute contact


Working for a charity or social enterprise I’m well aware that you probably own a multi-million pound country house and a Rolls Royce but if you fancy another there’s a rather unique fundraiser taking place where you can win both, along with £50,000 in cash. The house comes with a fully stocked wine cellar, ten acres of land, a three hole golf course, a self-contained garden apartment and a leisure complex with a pool and gym. It sounds a little small but I’m sure you’ll be able to make do…

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