Social Replication and Scaling

A 6-day course to help you replicate and scale your organisation's impact

Replication and Social Franchising

A pioneering course examining all aspects of social replication and growth strategies including social franchising, licensing and directly managed growth. The next course starts in February 2019.

What you’ll learn from this course

With insight and inside stories from practitioners and experts across all sectors, we will provide you with knowledge underpinning the principles of replication and the practical tools that you need to replicate and grow your organisation. The course offers an excellent opportunity for deals to be done and collaboration between organisations to begin!

  • Understand the concept of replication and consider the benefits and risks in the context of your organisation
  • Understand the various models of replication available: joint ventures, partnerships, dissemination, licensing and social franchising
  • Benefit from the experience of leading social franchises and understand the key factors underpinning success (eg. selecting the right franchisees, supporting franchisees, managing the network, managing the brand)
  • Understand the nuts and bolts of putting a replicated organisation into operation; creating and testing a business
SSE Fellow Shaun Fox, Founder of social enterprise Legacy Sports CIC

Shaun Fox, Legacy Sports CIC

“The most inspirational training that I have attended. The quality was amazing, the structure was obviously meticulously planned”

Who you will hear from

Practitioners from across commercial, public and not for profit sectors will share their experiences of replicating and scaling organisations.  You’ll hear what has worked, what hasn’t worked and what they would do differently if they had the chance.  Previous speakers have included:

  • Relate
  • Nesta
  • Big Issue Invest
  • Barclaycard
  • International Centre for Social Franchising
  • Franchising Works
  • McDonalds
  • Brook
  • Street League
  • Tatty Bumpkin
  • Advice UK



Course Timetable 2019

28th Feb +1st Mar 2019

10:30am – 4:30pm

Overview and Context

  • The replication concept, the replication context, why replicate?
  • Alternative forms of replication
  • Benefits, challenges and risks
  • Readiness factors
  • Legal issues

21st + 22nd Mar 2019

10:30am – 4:30pm

Governance, quality, financial modelling

  • Financial modelling
  • Controlling quality of your core in a manual
  • Managing quality across a network
  • The franchisee’s perspective
  • Story of a successful scaled social franchise

25th – 26th April 2019

10:30am – 4:30pm

Impact, Brand, Commercial Franchising and other models

  • Measuring and evaluating impact
  • Commercial franchising & brand
  • Case study of an established social franchise
  • Directly managed growth
  • Social licensing

Who should attend

Social Replication and Scaling is suitable for senior staff at charities and social enterprises considering new routes to scale.

Previous participants have included:

  • Programme Manager, Mencap
  • Chief Executive, The Hampton Trust
  • Chief Executive, Pilotlight
  • Business Development Director, Care Co-Ops
  • Chief Executive, Hostel Hub
  • Development Manager, Chance UK
  • Communities Programme Manager, NUS
  • Head of Partnerships, Children England
  • Chief Executive, Citizen Coaching CIC



If you would like to discuss your suitability for the course, please contact David McGlashan on 020 7089 9120 or email [email protected].

SSE Fellow Rachel McLean

Rachel McLean, For Sanity's Sake

“After attending the course, I now have a realistic idea of what is involved in social franchising, the support franchisees would need and what makes a great franchise”

Location and price

The course takes place each day from 10:30am – 4:30pm at our offices in The Fire Station, 139 Tooley St, London Bridge:

For this six day course, access to our speakers plus all course materials you pay:

  • SSE Students / Fellows / Associate Fellows £725
  • Other organisations £770

Payment plans are available on this course.  For details, or for any other information about this course, please contact [email protected] or call David McGlashan on 020 7089 9120.

Your data 

We may share the information that you provide when booking this course with external speakers and course facilitators to assist with the planning and delivery of the programme. For more information, please see our data protection policy.

Ian Baker, course facilitator

Ian has worked for SSE since 2004, in a variety of roles from volunteer to Director of Development. He now leads the team that delivers learning programmes in London. He has been involved in all aspects of SSE programmes from recruitment, to tutoring and facilitation. His background prior to SSE was marketing and strategy in the corporate sector, with Cable & Wireless. Outside of SSE Ian has a psychotherapy practice and is on the board of psychotherapy training charity.