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Get Started with your Social Enterprise with Cambridge Social Ventures

Get Started with your Social Enterprise with Cambridge Social Ventures

30th July 2020

Join Cambridge Social Ventures for a half-day online practical workshop to get started on plans for your own social enterprise – a new business with social impact at its core. In a small group of 10-15 budding entrepreneurs, we’ll teach you some basic concepts in business planning, finance and legal structures: the toolkit you need … Read More

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This year’s top ten: 2020’s NatWest SE100 Social Business Award Winners

This year’s top ten: 2020’s NatWest SE100 Social Business Award Winners

26th May 2020

Taken from Pioneers Post Ten mission-driven businesses and entrepreneurs become 2020’s NatWest Social Business Champions. The SE100 is now in its tenth year, and celebrates the growth, impact and resilience of the UK’s best social ventures – by naming 100 of the most impressive social enterprises, 25 ‘trailblazing newcomers’ and today giving awards to outstanding … Read More

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Generate income with The GivingLottery

Generate income with The GivingLottery

26th May 2020

www.GivingLottery.org.uk wants to help as many social enterprises, charities, schools and community groups replace lost income by developing recurring income while having a bit of fun.  The GivingLottery was launched under a year ago and it has grown to be generating over £30,000 a year for good causes and just keeps growing. Just sign up, … Read More

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Free online branding session for SEEE members

Free online branding session for SEEE members

20th April 2020

Ian Henderson Branding & Design is offering an online version of a Brand Development day. The session lasts approx 3 hours and will help you develop/realign a targeted brand & mission statement. Open to all SEEE Members but also offered for just £100 for non members. Ian explains more below: If you want to gain … Read More

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Covid19: Essential resources for Social Enterprises

Covid19: Essential resources for Social Enterprises

24th March 2020

Here’s our round up of business advice, funding and key information for the social enterprise sector. Updated: 15th April: Resilience and Recovery Fund A £25m recovery fund, £29m in emergency loans and £50m more as Big Society Capital pledges to “reprioritise and repurpose” existing and future investments – while charities get a long-awaited promise of … Read More

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Scale Up and Trade Programmes

Scale Up and Trade Programmes

11th March 2020

The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up and Trade Up programmes This programme has helped almost 2,000 people to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations. This year, they wil support a further 260 people across the UK with: A learning programme A grant (£1,000 – … Read More

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Bright Ideas Fund open to grants

Bright Ideas Fund open to grants

11th March 2020

The Bright Ideas FundSupports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000. Funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK. There … Read More

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Applications open to Acumen Academy Fellows

Applications open to Acumen Academy Fellows

11th March 2020

Acumen Academy announce that applications are now open for the first cohort of Acumen Fellows in the UK. Fellows come from all walks of life and are embedded within a broad range of disciplines; they are championing neglected causes, catalysing social entrepreneurship, pioneering inclusive business, reimagining public policy and building bold movements. If you’re ready … Read More

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Free business support from MENTA for Community Interest Businesses in Suffolk

Free business support from MENTA for Community Interest Businesses in Suffolk

11th March 2020

This new programme aims to help community businesses to start trading and increase awareness of the way in which the sector can address social and economic challenges within Suffolk. MENTA, the not for profit organisation, long established within the Suffolk and Norfolk business community, are the lead organisation in this partnership. Working closely with Community … Read More

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Social & Community Capital 20th anniversary grants programme from NatWest

Social & Community Capital 20th anniversary grants programme from NatWest

3rd March 2020

Natwest are offering seven £20,000 grants to allow organisations to develop projects that create direct social impact on a community with need, and that have potential to become a sustainable product or service.  They are looking to fund projects helping people considered vulnerable or marginalised and tackling one of the following three areas: employment, training and … Read More

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Video offer for Social Enterprises from Two Cubed Creative

Video offer for Social Enterprises from Two Cubed Creative

20th February 2020

Two Cubed Creative are working with Social Enterprise East of England to help Social Enterprises boost their online marketing. Two Cubed Creative wants to help raise the profile of Social Enterprises in the East of England and what better way to do that than with video! Two Cubed Creative can help you market your Social … Read More

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Leading Lives launch 2020 Community Benefit Fund

Leading Lives launch 2020 Community Benefit Fund

18th February 2020

Leading Lives is a social enterprise providing a range of high-quality supports to people with social care needs across Suffolk. It supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, complex needs, people with autism, older people, younger people in transition and family carers. Leading Lives’ purpose is to support people with social care needs to lead … Read More

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Job vacancy: Operational Manager (Norwich)

Job vacancy: Operational Manager (Norwich)

18th February 2020

Your Own Place CIC is recruiting an Operational Manager. This incredible opportunity is a chance for you as well as the team, to grow.  It is designed to allow a leader to lead a high-performing team and manage the operational running of our service. Two-year contract, £31,200 per annum. Deadline for CVs is 1st March, … Read More

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Cambridge Social Innovation Prize 2020

Cambridge Social Innovation Prize 2020

14th February 2020

The Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation and Trinity Hall, one of the oldest colleges in Cambridge, have partnered to celebrate and support extraordinary social innovators. This prize, awarded for the first time in 2019, rewards achievement and ambition in social innovation. It celebrates social impact through business across the UK, from Land’s End to John … Read More

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Nick Hurd to become chair of Access

Nick Hurd to become chair of Access

14th February 2020

The former civil society minister will take on the role in April. (Article shared from https://access-socialinvestment.org.uk/nick-hurd-to-become-chair-of-access/ ) (Image from parliament.uk) Nick Hurd, the former MP and minister, has been appointed chair of Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. Hurd was MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner until the election in December 2019, and entered parliament … Read More

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Social Value UK announce training dates

Social Value UK announce training dates

14th February 2020

Social Value UK’s flagship training course, Accredited Social Value & SROI (Social Return on Investment) Practitioner Training, has been running for nearly a decade, and has been delivered to over 1800 people across the public, private and civil society sectors globally. As the home of Social Return of Investment, Social Value UK license this training to … Read More

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The role Employee Ownership plays in Social Enterprise

The role Employee Ownership plays in Social Enterprise

6th February 2020

Community Dental Services (CDS) are an employee owned social enterprise providing dental care and oral health improvement programmes for vulnerable people across much of east and central England. Here, Head of Communications, Brigit Parker describes the role employee ownership plays in social enterprise. Employee ownership a common thread running through many social enterprises.  At CDS … Read More

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Public sector contracts with no tendering procedure: WiredGov announces registration is open

Public sector contracts with no tendering procedure: WiredGov announces registration is open

15th January 2020

Wired-Gov would like to take this opportunity to inform you that registration to The Supplier Locator Service is now open for the new registration period of January 2020 – February 2021. Invitation is open to SMEs and Suppliers that have an interest in dealing with enquiries relating to fast tracked, lower value Government & Public Sector contracts. These contracts are … Read More

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Lofty Heights – supporting Suffolk

Lofty Heights – supporting Suffolk

14th January 2020

Lofty Heights CIC completed a pilot project with Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG last summer that saw their Homeward Bound Project commissioned for a further year. The service carries out practical tasks within the home that may prevent patients from leaving hospital in a timely manner. These tasks can be anything from moving furniture to … Read More

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Bicycle Links vacancy: Sales and Marketing person

Bicycle Links vacancy: Sales and Marketing person

14th January 2020

Job Vacancy Bicycle Links is recruiting a Sales and Marketing person to work in our busy social enterprise bike shop, to replace a member of staff who is leaving the UK. We’re looking for someone who is happy interacting with customers of all ages and abilities, and is polite and helpful. Knowledge of bikes and cycling … Read More

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We Must Reform to Unlock Sustainability

We Must Reform to Unlock Sustainability

23rd December 2019

The old saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That’s what big business will have you believe too. But just consider this for a moment – Amazon made $11.2 billion in 2018 but paid no federal taxes – absolute zilch, nada! Now, tell me is this good business? How is it sustainable for … Read More

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The power of volunteering: focus on Suffolk

The power of volunteering: focus on Suffolk

18th December 2019

If you’re looking for volunteers for a Suffolk event then the Volunteering team at Community Action Suffolk can help you find people whilst also promoting your event on their social media platforms. So it’s a win win! Event Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people, have a fun day out, and to see … Read More

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Supported Shop Placements and Retail courses for those with additional needs

Supported Shop Placements and Retail courses for those with additional needs

11th December 2019

Prospects Trust Unwrapped opened its doors in Ely, Cambridgeshire this autumn and it hasn’t stopped stocking, serving, baking and cleaning down since!  The successful social enterprise is now ready to take on more Supported Placements for those with additional needs – a great opportunity offering a volunteer placement and work experience in their busy Ely … Read More

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CDS Essex win at Essex Business Awards

CDS Essex win at Essex Business Awards

11th December 2019

CDS Essex have scooped yet another award winning Excellent Customer Focus in the Essex Business Awards. The Essex team became part of CDS in 2016 and since then has undergone radical transformation reducing waiting times for general anaesthetic (GA), enabling more patients to be seen, including over 1000 children. Through this time of transition, patient … Read More

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Cambridge Hub looking for  partners for next cohorts

Cambridge Hub looking for partners for next cohorts

27th November 2019

IMPACT LABS Cambridge Hub is looking for charities, non-profits or social enterprises working in the youth sector to partner on our Impact Labs programme. As a partner, you will have a team of PhD students from Cambridge University working on an impact measurement challenge for 6 weeks. A good brief should pose a current challenge … Read More

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New website, new opportunities, new challenges

New website, new opportunities, new challenges

27th November 2019

By Andy Brady, Chair, SEEE It’s a real privilege to write the first blog for our new website.  Change is an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we want to go, particularly if, like me, you’ve been there from the start of the journey (in SEEE’s case at least). We launched … Read More

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Wishing you a #BuySocial Christmas!

Wishing you a #BuySocial Christmas!

22nd November 2019

Enjoy even more spirit of Christmas by buying social this year. Spread the seasonal cheer at Christmas simply by buying your presents from social enterprises – businesses that have a social or environmental mission at their heart. #BuySocial and give #PresentsWithPurpose – whether that’s coffee proving jobs for people experiencing homelessness, clothing made by migrant women struggling to … Read More

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Call for next generation of Charity and Social Enterprise leaders

Call for next generation of Charity and Social Enterprise leaders

22nd November 2019

Keen and ambitious to thrive in the rapidly evolving third sector? A part-time Certificate of Higher Education in Charity and Social Enterprise Management can help. Students wishing to start January 2020 now being sought. Every organisation needs strong leadership and people with the ability to make tough decisions – are you ready to step up? Anglia … Read More

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#WhoKnew Social Enterprise Day 21.11.19

#WhoKnew Social Enterprise Day 21.11.19

12th November 2019

Social Enterprise Day 2019 is on Thursday 21st November, and is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. On this day #WhoKnew will be taking place – a global digital campaign designed to give social enterprises the chance to tell their stories, show what makes them different from traditional businesses and shout about the impact of their work. The campaign is … Read More

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Realise Futures Gives Back

Realise Futures Gives Back

17th October 2019

Ipswich-based Realise Futures ploughs all its profits back into its business with a social mission to improve and promote the economic wellbeing of people who are disadvantaged and/or disabled. Realise Futures operates across Suffolk and Essex combining commercial trade of products and services alongside work placements, employment and training opportunities.  The primary aim of the business is … Read More

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Giving Lottery now live

Giving Lottery now live

18th September 2019

From Tuesday 4th June, tickets will be available online for the national GivingLottery. Players will have the chance to scoop a £25,000 jackpot whilst helping schools, charities and community groups all across the UK.  The first draw takes place on Saturday 6th July, with 60p from every £1 ticket going to charities and good causes. 40p goes … Read More

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Allia announces The Future 20

Allia announces The Future 20

18th September 2019

Allia announces The Future 20 – 20 exciting Companies looking to change the world Tech for good and social ventures addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals to be given no-cost individual packages of supportto help them create greater impact After a national call and an extensive application process, Allia Future Business Centres and its network … Read More

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