With a slightly different name, it’s Have I Got Social Enterprise (and Charity) News For You!

First off, thank you for everyone who got in touch after last week’s email, I was really quite touched by your kind words! Luckily, our daughter is much better and back to her normal modus operandi of slowly destroying our house.

Second, you’ll notice that the newsletter has had a lick of paint and a slight change of name – don’t worry, the content will remain the same. It’s more an acknowledgement that a fair amount of what goes in here has a broader appeal than just social enterprises. All detail that you’re probably not that interested in, so I’m going to stop writing about it. Right now.

Enjoy the news and have a great bank holiday weekend. Let me know if you forget and find yourself logging onto your computer at 9am on Monday morning, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be doing the same.



Community Business leaders.  You’ve only 4 days left to apply! Community Business Online Boost is a short, FREE, high-impact programme running throughout September for community businesses in England hit hardest by Covid-19. If you need help with selling online, diversity and inclusion, managing remote teams and volunteers – then this is for you.  It’s designed to help you through the challenges and opportunities the pandemic has thrown at you. There are priority places for people from Black, Asian & minoritised ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and those supporting the arts, health & social care sectors, BAME community and deprived areas. Apply by 2nd September.


Navigating the New Normal. We ran a webinar earlier this week introducing our new Navigating the New Normal course, which starts at the end of September. It was a great discussion covering what the content of the course will be along with a wider view of what the post Covid-19 funding landscape will look like. You can watch the webinar here. If you are interested in the course, there are only ten places and we’ve already had a few bookings. You can find out more here.


Trustee recruitment. The Katie Piper Foundation are looking for new trustees. In particular, are you someone who’s tuned in to financial governance and money management in charities or social enterprises?  If you understand that sometimes its not the hands-on, glamourous side of volunteering that can make the biggest difference to a charity’s future – please apply.  They’re the only UK charity giving live-in rehabilitation and hair restoration to survivors of burns. Apply by September 30th.


Political thinking. Labour this week set out its plans for the charity sector should it happen to find itself in government again. You can read all about it here.


Meet our students. ‘Wealth Manager – the site for professional investment managers’ isn’t the first place I’d look for news about the School for Social Entrepreneurs but I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a somewhat unusual year and it seems the usual rules no longer apply. Anyhow, there’s a nice profile of the students that we are working with on a Start Up programme funded by Brewin Dolphin. You can ‘meet’ the students here.


Free brand support. Are you a new charity looking to establish a brand identity but lack the resources to do so? Or are you a not-for-profit in need of a brand refresh or re-positioning and would welcome some input from students at The University of Reading? They are offering a free eight-week ‘design-thinking brand jam’ to charities and social enterprises, starting in October. All the details are here.


Bristol Local Access Partnership Programme Manager vacancy. A great job opportunity for someone in Bristol. The Local Access Partnership ‘aims to catalyse a step change in the city’s social economy by challenging inequality, building community ownership and increasing collective social impact’. This role will facilitate the partnership’s collaborative planning and delivery as it evolves. If you’ve got programme management skills and can work in Bristol, the deadline to apply is 7th September.


Work for SSE. Our Dartington school are looking for a marketing associate (part time, £23,522 pro rata) and a learning facilitator (part time, £22,895 pro rata). Both roles are part of the South Bristol Enterprise Enterprise Support Project, offering tailored advice, coaching and grants to individuals and businesses across South Bristol. Further info here.



Evaluate SSE. The deadline for tender submissions is 14th September We are looking for an external consultancy to undertake an interim evaluation of our flagship programme, The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme.  The evaluation will assess progress across all programme outcomes, but with a particular focus on Match Trading as an innovation in grant funding.


Fair Education Alliance Innovation Award. 10 Finalists for the Innovation Award have been chosen by the FEA and a panel of experts from across the sector. Vote for the idea you believe will make the biggest impact on educational inequality to win this year’s Community Choice Award and £500 to develop their idea.  Meet the 10 finalists and make your voice heard. Voting closes 6pm on the 8th September.


Startup School for Seniors. This is a neat idea – on 5th October, Advantages of Age is launching a new e-learning course, Startup School for Seniors. Funded by City Bridge Trust, this 8-week course is aimed at unemployed or recently made redundant
Londoners over 50 to learn how to start a business, taught by those who have been there and done it. You can book a place here.


A different type of coffee break? SSE Fellow Bela Emerson is offering online coffee-break musical staff wellbeing sessions throughout September. If you think your team could feel happier, connected and more engaged then a session could be just what you need. Find out more here.


Change your view. Finally, I love this. If you’re bored of looking out of your own window, why not look out of someone else’s? (Virtually of course. I’m not suggesting you break into people’s houses to stare at their garden). Take a peek here.


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