Hello! Lots of new subscribers to Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You, so welcome to you all. There’s a bit of a problem this week, however. I’ve been away for the last two weeks and haven’t really kept an eye on what has been going on in the world of social enterprise, I don’t really have any time to do any research and it’s Friday. So in the absence of anything to write about, I’m simply going to copy and paste my email inbox from while I’ve been away. Conveniently, I only received 10 emails…
Dear David – I’ve been on all of SSE’s courses and think that they are fantastic and offer really good value for money. (They may be more expensive than some but you get what you pay for and all that…). However, I need some more help. I live in Greenwich and have some free time between 11th and 15th May. Do you know anything that I could attend?
Hi AS – Thanks for your kind words about our courses, I couldn’t have put it any better myself. Conveniently, the Social Enterprise Festival is taking place in Greenwich on the exact dates that you specified. I think that you should probably go along.
I’m currently looking for a new job. In my current role, I’m leading a small organisation which operates across parts of the country. I have experience of working in partnership with other organisations and of making tough decisions. Recently, however, I’ve noticed people whispering about me and saying things like ‘he won’t be around much longer’, so I’ve decided to keep an eye out for something new. Can you help?
NC, Westminster / Sheffield
As it happens, we have a couple of vacancies at SSE London at the moment. You may like to be our new Communications Assistant, or perhaps the Director of London school? If you opt for the latter you get to manage me! If you fancy the challenge, you can find out more here.
UNSUBSCRIBE!! Please stop sending me these stupid emails. They aren’t funny and clog up my inbox.
Hmmm. They must have replied to the wrong email.
I’m struggling with my pricing strategy. How did you decide to price your exceptionally good value SSE courses?
I read this really rather good Ultimate Guide To Pricing Strategy and went from there.
While you are off gallivanting around on another holiday some of us are actually doing some work like building a new SSE website. Can you ask people to help us out by taking this quick test to help us with the site design?
Leonie, SSE Comms Assistant
Yes boss. Let me know if you need anything else.
It’s Friday and I’m winding down for the weekend, got any good Youtube clips I can watch?
I would never usually condone such an activity, however on this occasion you are in luck. Circle Sports, founded by SSE Fellow Turly Humphreys, have created a ‘Jobs for the Jobless Generation campaign’, featuring a Youtube video which highlights the negative stereotypes young people face every day and to demonstrate that, contrary to popular perception, they are keen, committed and want to work. You can watch the video here.
David it’s your mother the tv won’t record again how does it work your dad won’t look at the instructions and it’s sending me potty.
Work email mum, work email.
Know of any new funding opportunities in the North East?
Actually, I do. There is a brand new £9 million North East Social Investment Fund open for business. What a conveniently timed email!
I’m struggling with my marketing and need some help. It would be fantastic if there was a course coming up at SSE which could give me some help.
Great news, there is! We are running a Marketing Masterclass on June 8th, with marketing specialists We Are Grow. There are some early bird tickets available, simply use ‘SSE’ as the promotional code and you’ll get it for £57 instead of £117. Make your booking here.
If you are also looking for some help with your social media, we’ve also got two courses coming up at SSE Scotland on 23rd and 24th April. They are going to be fantastic, you can find out more here.
A bit niche this but I’m looking for articles which combine social enterprise with lyrics from songs by Public Enemy. I don’t suppose that you’ve seen any?
You’re in luck! Take a look at D is for Don’t Believe The Hype: Be Your Own Fiercest Critic, an extract from Liam Black’s Social Entrepreneurs A-Z over on Pioneers Post.