A pioneering six-day course examining all aspects of replication and social franchising, delivered in Liverpool in September and October 2018.

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 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 2018

2nd + 3rd October 2018

10:30am – 4:30pm

Overview and Context

  • The replication concept, the replication context, why replicate?
  • Benefits, challenges and risks
  • Readiness factors

30th + 31st October 2018

10:30am – 4:30pm

Governance, Quality, Brand and Culture

  • Alternative forms of replication
  • Governance
  • Controlling quality
  • Legal issues and franchising agreements
  • Creating and maintaining a brand
  • The investment context

27th + 28th November 2018

10:30am – 4:30pm


  • Operations manuals
  • Testing the business model
  • Selecting and supporting franchisees / licensees etc
  • Managing a network
  • The franchisee’s perspective

Who should attend

Replication and Social Franchising is suitable for senior staff at charities and social enterprises considering replication or social franchising as a route 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 david.mcglashan@sse.org.uk.

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”


The course takes place each day from 10:30am – 4:30pm at Blackburne House, Liverpool:



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

  • Early-bird (book by 10th August 2018) £650
  • 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 david.mcglashan@sse.org.uk or call David McGlashan on 020 7089 9120.