Let’s Talk Good Finance

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Big Society Capital are working with Social Enterprise Acumen and VONNE to bring their Let’s Talk Good Finance events to the North East. This event is the second in a series of events aiming to bring together charities, social enterprises and organisations with social investors and intermediary bodies to network, share information and discuss latest issues relating to social finance.

Hear stories of how social investment has made a real difference for social enterprises and meet investors and people who have been there and done it!
Join us at 9:30am for coffee before a 10:00am start.

November 23rd, 2016 9:30 AM   to   12:30 PM

Sjovoll Centre, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ

 

How North East Social Enterprise Festival 2015 Dragons’ Den helped Birkheads wild

Birkheads wild CICIn celebration of the North East Social Enterprise Festival tomorrow I thought I would share with you a letter we received from last year’s winner, Fiona O’Connor director of Birkheads Wild.

Come along to Sage, Gateshead tomorrow to hear other inspirational stories, support our local social enterprises and most of all enjoy a full day of live music and entertainment.

For more information click here

 

Dear ‘Dragons’

 

On the eve of the 2016 Social Enterprise Festival I wanted to send you an overview of what we’ve been up to over the past 12 months, and to let you know exactly how your support for our idea last year has enabled us to really move our project forward towards getting Birkheads Wild trading.

 

We decided to split the prize money between “boring essentials” required for set up, equipment and to help fund at least 1 further camp. Your support helped us to:

·         obtain enhanced DBS certificates for 3 years

·         pay for planning and licensing related fees – to Gateshead Council

·         pay for a proportion of our first year of Public Liability Insurance

 

We spent several long months trying to get the relevant permissions we needed from the Council and, after revising the scale of our camp site down, we finally obtained a 28 day Camping Licence (for 28 overnight stays spread over a year). This meant that by May 2016 we could finally look at setting up the site….but we still had a long way to go….

 

Your support also helped us to:

·         buy and set up a parachute covered bushcraft camp fire area on site

·         buy equipment needed for camps and sessions

·         pay for a proportion of Directors training

 

Our second big milestone this year came in July when we obtained a grant to buy a beautiful composting toilet – which has now been fabricated, delivered to us and should be fully installed on site by end Nov 2016 (we have a very big hole to dig!). Using a chemical portaloo was both financially and environmentally unsustainable and it had prevented us from being able to trade effectively so we are very excited about this development. In the last 12 months we have also:

·         opened a bank account!

·         gained 2 more Directors

·         set up a Facebook page and Twitter account

·         undertaken training, development and lots of further research

 

Finally in September we managed to host another camp just before the end of the season – a group of teenagers undertaking their Bronze DofE expedition who had a fantastic time in rural Gateshead/County Durham and who loved camping with us.

 

We are now at a tipping point where Birkheads Wild is moving from being a “hobby” to a functioning business – I am transitioning into freelance work next month so that I can give more of my time on a voluntary basis to having the CIC fully trading by early spring 2017.

 

Our next steps include; a Crowd Funding Campaign, setting up a website, exploring many options to host different groups on/around the site and testing these out, completing our training – Alison with a Bushcraft Diploma and me as a Guided Walk Leader and being fully ready to welcome visitors as soon as it is warm enough!

 

We have a stand at the Social Enterprise Festival at Sage tomorrow where we have low/no cost woodland activities for younger kids and a Minecraft vs Bushcraft  hands-on session – learn the 5 C s of Survival – and help make your own Paracord survival bracelet for the older kids. We’ll also be taking booking enquiries for 2017. Please come and say Hi if you are there. We can also help persuade other people with a social enterprise idea to go for it, and give help and advice on facing this year’s Dragons!

 

I just wanted to say thanks again for believing in our idea – we believe in it too and it’s finally, slowly becoming a reality!

 

I hope to be able to welcome you on site soon but in the meantime please see our Facebook page Birkheads Wild or find us on Twitter @birkheads_wild

Disco Snowdog goes for a night on the toon

North East Social Enterprise Festival and Disco Snowdog to enjoy the lighting of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Festival Colours

Disco Snow Dog came out last night from Sage Gateshead to join us for the lighting of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge to let everyone know about the North East Social Enterprise Festival at Sage Gateshead on Saturday 29th October from 10.30am to 3.30pm. A great day out for all the family and an opportunity to watch social enterprise performances, taste social enterprise food and buy social enterprise products.

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Disco Great North Snowdog

Celebrate the lighting of Gateshead Millennium Bridge in the colours of the North East Social Enterprise Festival at 7pm on Tuesday October 25th as Disco Dog, Sage Gateshead’s Great North Snowdog, pops out from the music venue to join the Festival organisers for a night on the toon.

The North East Social Enterprise Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead on Saturday October 29th from 10.30am to 3.30pm.  In advance of the Festival, Disco Dog, who has been hanging around with a litter of little friends at Sage Gateshead, will make a brief detour from his #GreatNorthSnowdogs trail to take in the sights on Gateshead Millennium Bridge from 7pm to 7.30pm on the evening of Tuesday 25th October.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit in the North East Social Enterprise Festival colours and Festival organisers will be on hand to provide more information about the event.  Over 40 regional social enterprises will be exhibiting at Sage Gateshead on Saturday October 29th, showcasing a fantastic array of creative ways to combat social problems – puppets, dancers, drummers, artists, Ukulele players, singers, bakers and many more.   Come along to the Festival and support our local social enterprises because when they profit, our community profits too.

Jane Hogan, Great North Snowdogs Project Lead and St Oswald’s hospice Development Manager, said:

“We’re thrilled that one of St Oswald’s Hospice’s Great North Snowdogs is part of this wonderful event for the region.  St Oswald’s only exists because of the generosity, commitment and passion of the North East community so it’s very fitting that one of our Snowdogs is attending this exciting event.  Great North Snowdogs has captured the hearts and minds of our region, and has brought people together.  It is inspiring and we’d like to thank everyone for their kind support.

Abigail Pogson, Managing Director Sage Gateshead, commented:

“As a social enterprise dedicated to entertaining, involving and inspiring the region through engagement with music and creative events, Sage Gateshead is delighted to be hosting the 2nd North East Social Enterprise Festival”.

The North East Social Enterprise Festival would like to thank St Oswald’s Hospice for enabling us to work with one of their Great North Snowdogs, Gateshead Council for making the event happen, Sage Gateshead for permission to move Disco Dog and to Councillor John Adams for the gift of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge lighting.

Notes to editors.

  1. For more information about the event and the Festival, contact Kate Welch on 07809 330 102 or kate.welch@socialenterpriseacumen.co.uk
  2. Follow us on twitter @nesocentfest

Social Enterprise Acumen have been shortlisted for the Skills & Opportunities Fund

The Skills & Opportunities Fund is one of the many ways we’re contributing to the communities we live and work in. In 2015, the fund committed £2.5m to fund projects in charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the UK and Ireland, and allocated a further £2.5m to be split across two rounds in 2016. The focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future.

Social Enterprise Acumen are working in partnership with CVL in  Middlesbrough to support social entrepreneurs to make a difference in their local community. Please vote for Community Ventures Middlesbrough and the SEAstars programme to help us make this happen.

Vote now

SEA stars helps young people through their journey to social enterprise. Interactive, face-paced sessions help young people to identify and develop strengths, explore ideas of how to make money, and most importantly have fun, gain confidence and meet like minded people. Watch the video below to find out more about what SEA Stars offers.

The Sea Stars programme is a 4 week programme to inspire entrepreneurial spirit which will take you through the journey of developing a product or service through a series of challenges. Consider marketing, pricing, financing, routes to market and engaging with customers.Stars (2)

The Course provides:

  • 1-to-1 coaching
  • Individualised support with financial plans
  • Support in accessing start up finance
  • SEA have start up grants of up to £500 for young people on Sea Stars who get to start up phase
  • Help with resources including office space
  • Access to the social entrepreneurs

Our support does not stop there. We will continue to provide support either into employment with an existing social enterprise or help with start up.

 

North East Social Enterprise Festival Dragons’ Den

Dragons DenApply for Dragons’ Den

Saturday October 29th 2016 Sage Gateshead
Dragons’ Den Competition on the Main Stage  11am-12noon

Are you an early stage Social Enterprise – operating for less than 2 years?

Are you 16 years or over and living in the UK?

Does your idea have real social impact?

 

If your answer to these three questions is yes, then why don’t you apply to pitch to our friendly Dragons at the North East Social Enterprise Festival?

There are prizes for the best pitches – our Dragons will decide who they are.

To register for the competition click here.

You will need to register by creating a Log-in.  You will then need to select “Unltd’sTry it Awards” where the current campaign is the “North East Social Enterprise Festival”.

The closing date for entries is 6pm on Tuesday October 25th. We will then shortlist and let you know if you have secured one of the six spaces for the Dragons’ Den competition. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Kate Welch Official Presentation of Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

Queen's Award Kate WelchSocial Enterprise Acumen CIC is so proud that our CEO, Kate Welch OBE DL FRSA is a recipient of The Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion 2016.

 

On 20th September we hosted an event to for the official presentation by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Kate Welch to recognise her contribution to social entrepreneurship in the North East and further afield.

 
The Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion recognises individuals who have played an outstanding role in the promoting the growth of business enterprise and/or entrepreneurial skill and attitudes. There are 5 winners in this year’s awards and Kate is the only one in our region.

 
Kate Welch OBE DL FRSA, a serial social entrepreneur, is founder and Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Acumen CIC which supports social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. Her first social enterprise Acumen Development Trust which was founded in 2003 has now supported over 16,000 long term unemployed people into employment. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise in the North East and was the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Social award winner for the North. In April 2016 she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Kate is an active member of the Methodist Church, on the board of Northumbria Industrial Mission, Communities Together Durham, and Jubilee Plus. She is involved in Girlguiding as a leader, trainer and Council member, and is a Non-Executive Director of ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and the North East Social Investment Company.

Press Release – Kate Welch Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, 2016

Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion 2016

Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion 2016

Charity Daybreak host Awards Ceremony 29th September

DaybreakA North-East charity is holding an awards ceremony in celebration of companies which go the extra mile to make them feel included.

The inaugural Daybreak Inclusion Awards will shine a spotlight on nominated businesses, big or small.

Daybreak is a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities and additional needs.

Members from their three Hubs, in Hexham (Northumberland), Coundon (Co Durham) and Montagu (Newcastle), have been busy submitting their votes for a business which makes them feel valued.

One member’s nomination for a coffee shop was “because they look at me when I’m ordering something – they help me when I decide what drink I would like and they don’t rush me.”

The event will also recognise achievements made by the charity’s members, as well as dedicated members of staff.

Adam Bird, awards organiser and Daybreak’s Development Manager, believes it will be a meaningful celebration.

He said: “It will be a good time to acknowledge and thank all the businesses, for going the extra mile to support our members. We also want to share the success our Hub members and staff have achieved this year.”

The awards ceremony will be held at The Discovery Museum in Newcastle on the 29th September.

Celebration of the Lead the Change Programme

Social Entrepreneurs Network

Tuesday 20th September, 5pm – 7pm

Join us for a celebration of two years of the Lead the Change programme which was what prompted Social Enterprise Acumen to start the Social Entrepreneurs Network. 38 social entrepreneurs have been awarded start up funding through our partnership with UnLtd. Some of them will be sharing their stories of change and impact in their communities and the people they work with.

It will also be the official presentation by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Kate Welch to recognise her contribution to social entrepreneurship in the North East and further afield. We have lots of good news to share, great people to meet and a chance to find out more about social enterprise and how social entrepreneurs are changing the world.

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FUN Friday – Getting the Message Across, 2nd September

Hello! Is anybody out there? Fun Friday Free workshop for soical enterprises 2-4pm Sjovoll Centre, Pity me, Durham


Fun Friday is a workshop for social enterprises to develop their creative thinking and problem solving techniques through fun activities and team building exercises. You will get the opportunity to connect with like minded people, and other social enterprises, while working through ways in which you can create positive results in your local community. 

Fun Friday this week is design to help you with getting your message across. You will cover how you present yourself in a style that suits you and the situation. We’ll look at how your attitude  can change how people treat you.




 

Fun Friday is our weekly event for the SEA Stars programme, as part of DurhamWorks. Cant make it this time – don’t worry. Fun Friday runs every week. Check the Durham SEA Stars page for more information.Durham Works

 

 

Kate Welch wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion

Kate receiving her Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. July 14th, 2016.

 

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The Queens downloadAward for Enterprise Promotion recognises individuals who have played an outstanding role in the promoting the growth of business enterprise and/or entrepreneurial skill and attitudes. There are 5 winners in this year’s awards and Kate is the only one in our region.
Kate Welch OBE DL FRSA, a serial social entrepreneur, is founder and Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Acumen CIC which supports social entrepreneurs and social enterprises. Her first social enterprise Acumen Development Trust which was founded in 2003 has now supported over 16,000 long term unemployed people into employment. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise in the North East and was the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Social award winner for the North.