Still online: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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The big news over the last seven days has been the ‘Wannacry’ ransomware attack that took place at the end of last week and over the weekend, making millions of computers unusable. “Cyber chaos to grow as employees log in on Monday” proclaimed the news. “Cyber attack could last days” it warned. Fantastic, I thought. SSE is an international organisation, surely we’re going to be hit. I won’t have to do any work this week. I strode into work on Monday, eagerly fired up my computer and…nothing. Everything working fine.

I’ve been frantically clicking every spammy link I can to try and trigger an attack, but to no avail. So, reluctantly, here’s this week’s newsletter and if you need any viagra or want to learn how to make thousands of dollars working from home, I’m your man…


If you take a rather more mature approach to work and aren’t deliberately trying take down your employer’s computer systems the National Cyber Security Centre have published guidance on how to avoid being attacked.

Are you fearful of selling? Do you want to improve your selling skills? Do you want to increase your traded-income? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then SSE Yorkshire and Humber are running a Sales Training Workshop in Doncaster on 19th June. It’s £65 for the day which includes lunch and refreshments – be quick, places are limited.

On Road Media, founded by SSE Fellow Nathalie McDermott, are looking for a Treasurer to join their active board. On Road works to improve the way misrepresented communities and social issues have been reported in the media and has worked in partnership with groups including the Gypsy and Traveller community, migrants and refugees and people who have experienced homelessness. The deadline to apply is midday on 25th May.

We’ve partnered with Arts Council England to deliver a free ten month programme for arts and cultural organisations with a turnover of between £75k – £1 million. The course will be delivered in London and focus on diversity and entrepreneurism. Applications will close on the 14th July and there are loads more details here.

A super offer for you: we’ve got our hands on 15 heavily discounted tickets for readers of HIGSENFY (or their team) to learn digital marketing with Alasdair Inglis of Grow (who runs fast paced and well received workshops at SSE London). You can get a ticket for a half-day digital marketing masterclass for only £28 instead on £98 (I’ve been on the course and thoroughly recommend it.)

All attendees will get a detailed 25 page workbook and all the workshop slides. You will leave the workshop with a step-by-step online marketing action plan. The offer expires on Wednesday the 23rd of May at 2pm.

Click here to find out more and book – use the discount code sse28 when you make your booking.

Our Chief Executive Ali obviously has too much time on his hands as he’s also on the board of Tonic, an early-stage start-up pioneering a new approach to housing to suit the needs of the elderly LGBT+ population. They are looking to recruit a Project Support Coordinator. It looks like a really interesting job.

Long term HIGSENFY subscriber Sarah Snow is helping to run a crowdfunding campaign for the Hosetta Abdulai Special Needs School in Freetown, Sierra Leone – they are hoping to raise £5000 for a school bus to help the 73 pupils make it to the classroom each day. You can back the campaign here.

Social Enterprise Mark are running a day long Design Thinking for Sustainable Social Enterprises workshop in Plymouth next Tuesday from 9:30am – 4:00pm. The day aims to help you drive customer-centric service innovation and growth within your organisation. It’s only £10+ VAT to go along and that includes lunch and refreshments.

Our Fellows in the West Midlands have been busy this week. First up, Jyotveer Singh has been named as a finalist for ‘Best in Creative Industries’ at the British Indian Awards 2017, a prestigious event that honours British Indians for their achievements worldwide. Jyotveer is founded of AnonCare, a web and app based network focuses its efforts on connecting people to create a shared responsibility for the wellbeing of others.

Meanwhile, Sandra Green of Green Revolutions CIC has just received £40,000 of social investment from Big Issue Invest to help scale Co-Wheels Birmingham, a car-club which helps members save money, reduce car ownership and create a cleaner environment for Birmingham. Congratulations!

Finally, Access CEO Seb Elsworth this week declared that ‘trading is the route to growth for charities‘ but forgot to mention that SSE has a Transition to Trading course starting this September. There’s even an early bird booking discount…

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2 thoughts on “Still online: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

  1. you used to send these blogs out by email- Have you stopped? highlight of my week…..