Social Enterprise Conference 2019 - breakout sessions

A choice of breakout sessions for people at different stages in their social enterprise journey. 

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Session 1:

1. The thrills and spills of developing social enterprise in a homelessness charity

  • Chair: Angela Miles, Learning Manager, School for Social Entrepreneurs
  • Emma Burridge, Trustee and Acting CEO, North East Homeless
  • Pam Orchard, CEO, The Connection at St Martins in the Fields
  • Steven Platts, Chief Executive, Groundswell

This session will provide interactive panel with the leaders of three charities at different  stages of the social enterprise development journey.  Each panellist will provide candid input about their key challenges, pitfalls, successes and top tips.  There will plenty of opportunity for questions and experience sharing with the panel and others attendees.

2. Lessons learnt from the EDP pilot year: grant-applications, funding and understanding your market

  • Deborah Smart, Head of Programmes (Grants), Social Investment Business

Join the Head of Programmes (Grants) at Social Investment Business to discuss the different types of support offered by the Enterprise Development Programme and what the programme is working to achieve.  Hear lessons learnt from applications and funding panels in the pilot year, with topics including what makes a successful grant application; choosing the right funding product for your stage in the enterprise development journey; and the importance of feasibility testing.

3. Digital marketing: Content! What is it good for? Absolutely something!

  • Tom DeFraine, Relationship Manager, Lightful

In an increasingly noisy digital space, social media is an important way to engage a wider audience, build awareness of your social enterprise and attract the attention of potential customers and supporters. This session will provide a valuable whistle-stop tour of social media best practice.  Guidance will include the best “content” to post on various social channels, and the ideal length and frequency of posts for each.  It's a wild ride through digital media!

Session 2:

1. Mission Impossible: Generating new ideas for enterprise

  • Andy Schofield, Founder and Partner, The Transformational Index
  • Catherine Pearson, Director, Matryoshka Haus

This fun and interactive workshop will challenge participants to work as teams with a set of “dealt” resources and create the most transformative solution they can to a complex social problem. “Mission Possible” will help attendees engage with principles and practices related to design thinking and idea generation, working with constraints to be a source of creativity.

2. Training and supporting employees with lived experience

  • Paul Reid, Homeless Preventions Program Manager, Aspire Oxford

This session will explore the considerations to have when striving for meaningful and beneficial employment of people with lived experience of homelessness.  It will consider the approaches, values and processes that can be in place in a social enterprise to lead to positive outcomes for all parties.

3. Growing your business and scaling your impact

  • Matt Harrison, Director of Business and Social Enterprise, Homeless Link

For those from an existing social enterprise, this session will provide valuable guidance for those considering whether, how and when to expand their enterprise.  Topics will include: judging the market to know when you are ready to grow and how big your business can get; understanding the costs of scaling a business; retaining your culture while growing capacity; and building partnerships to aid your growth.


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Kate Alaway

Kate Alaway

Head of member services

Kate is our head of member services managing the team who work directly with our members across England.

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