Road tripping: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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I’m heading off to Bournemouth later today for two weeks of English seaside fun, conveniently timed to coincide with the last two weeks of the World Cup. Last time we drove down via the M3 it took about 55 hours with the only good point being the fact that the services we stopped at (Fleet) had a McDonalds and not a Burger King. If you are one of those strange people who prefers Burger King to McDonalds I’m afraid we will never be friends.

Before then, however, here’s this week’s news. A good selection here, thanks for everyone who sent something to be included.

See you in a few weeks.


E2 (a)

Let’s begin with the ‘Mayor of London Civic Innovation Challenge’, the first of two programmes hosted by Bethnal Green Ventures. The programme is open to entrepreneurs based in London who are developing innovative solutions to three of  London’s biggest issues: ageing population, climate change and inequality. Applications to the programme are open until July 8th and the successful applicants will receive a grant of £15,000 to deliver a pilot.

There’s a lot more information here

E2 (b)

There must be something in the water in East London because the Bethnal Green Ventures team are also recruiting for their autumn 2018 accelerator, exclusively looking for teams that are using technology in one of three areas: achieving the global goals, supporting vulnerable young people and building a future of fair work and employment. On offer is a programme of support, work space and £20,000 investment.

Details here 

Restart…your career?

SSE Fellow Ugo Vallauri is after a Head of Product (£33.088 per year) for his social enterprise The Restart Project in London. Restart helps people transform their relationship with electronics, from design and manufacture all the way to end of life. You can view the full job description by clicking the link below and apply by July 1st emailing a CV and cover letter to

Further information


Doing the groundwork

The Groundwork Community Awards are open for nominations. The awards honour the small local community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life where they live but often get little recognition and support. There are loads of categories to enter, deadline for nominations is 22nd July. Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony at the House of Commons on the evening of 19 November.

You can enter here

Do me a favour

We’ve got places available on two upcoming one-day workshops in London over the next couple of weeks – Unlocking Social Investment on 5th July and Developing a Fundraising Strategy on 10th July. If you’d like to book on it would make life a lot easier if you could pay by card rather than invoice – it saves the amount of work I have to do while I’m away!

Hot foot to Hoxton

The Peter Bedford Housing Association in North East London have a social enterprise joinery workshop and art studio in Hoxton that they are looking to share with another charity or social enterprise; it’s a stone’s throw from Hoxton Station. They can also hire out all or part of the space on an hourly basis with income from rentals supporting their creative learning programmes for people who are experiencing challenging circumstances in their lives due to homelessness, mental health, disabilities or drug and alcohol dependency.

Contact for further information.

Life’s a beach

Social entrepreneurs in Cornwall should check out Socially Social, a new informal networking event launching on 5th July. The series will take place at a different location each time and will feature a conversation starter, kicking off with a two minute beach clean. The event runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Perranporth Beach and it’s free to go along.

You can book a free spot here

Fishy business

A big week for news from the South West as over Bristol SSE Fellow Alice-Marie Archer is hosting an event to raise awareness and funds for her organisation Bristol Fish Project’s work on circular-economic approach to eel conservation. Taking place on August 6th, the day (from 3pm – 8pm) will involve the sharing of a variety of Japanese traditions including eating Unagi eel.

It sounds fun, and you can find out more here.


Santander UK is is working in partnership with the British Centre for Business on a tailored programme for UK-based retail companies that are considering the UAE market as part of their international growth strategy. SSE is in early stage conversations with Santander to see if we could get more social enterprise products included in this mission, so if you have a social enterprise selling  ‘lifestyle products’, (not a euphemism) including home ware, giftware, beauty and fashion accessories etc and are interested in growing your business internationally then Santander want to hear from you.

They are hosting a webinar on 3rd July, followed by the opportunity for a group of companies to participate in a trade mission in Dubai this September. If you’d like further information contact our network manager Emily Vermont ( or sign up for the webinar using the link below.

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