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Social Enterprise North West is set to stage another opportunity for social enterprises and finance lenders to get more information on Big Society Capital.
Big Society Capital, which is run independently from government, is playing a leading role in speeding up the growth of social investment by utilising an estimated £400million in unclaimed assets that have been left dormant in bank accounts for over 15 years, and £200million from the UK’s largest high street banks.
It follows a successful event in Liverpool last December where Civil Society Minister, Nick Hurd MP, was joined by leading officials from Big Society Capital.
Now the spotlight falls on Warrington on November 9th when the roadshow comes to:
The Gateway, 85 – 101 Sankey Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1SR
with guest speakers:
- Caroline Mason - Big Society Capital
- Matt Roche - Big Lottery Fund
- Aekta Mahajan - Cabinet Office
- Geoff Burnand - Social Investment Business
Struggling to access loan funding? Small, medium and large social enterprises are facing similar pressures when it comes to financing their work.
Three experienced social entrepreneurs will come together to share their experiences so funding bodies get to hear first-hand about the problems faced delivering social enterprise ‘on the frontline’.
Can Cook was looking for investment for its social enterprise concept but struggled to find backers, while the Women’s Organisation was also in need of capital finance to cover their capital build retention and Social Enterprise North West needed working capital to finance its £6.6million European-funded support programme.
Meanwhile, leading financiers in the sector from Andrew Jesson (Unity Bank), Matt Smith (The Key Fund) and Peter Hughes (Charity Bank) will explain their positions in terms of the risks and rewards of lending to social enterprises.
Val Jones – Social Enterprise North West
> As chief executive officer at Social Enterprise North West, Val Jones is an influential and respected figure in the regional, national and European social enterprise movement. Val was appointed to the role soon after SENW was incorporated in 2008 and has played a major role in ensuring the social enterprise sector thrives in the North West. Val brings a wealth of experience to SENW from working within the sector for over 20 years, initially running her own charities and related trading companies within the creative Industries sector and regeneration projects.
Robbie Davison – Can Cook
> Robbie has been involved in creating and leading social enterprise for over 20 years. He was a founder member of the Furniture Resource Centre and has raised millions of pounds to set up and develop enterprise, specialising in work within deprived communities. Currently he is the Director of the Can Cook Studio.
Helen Millne – Women’s Organisation
> Helen provides programme and operations management for The Women’s Organisation (formally Train 2000), taking on responsibility for: financial management; operational development; human resources development; health and safety and quality and impact measurement. During her career, Helen facilitated the development of the Social Enterprise Network and designed and implemented the Social Accounting training programme. She is a registered Social Accountant through Social Audit Network and is experienced in acting as verification panel chair and representing the network at conferences.
In a voluntary capacity, she is a director of a community based learning organisation. Helen completed her Masters in Business Administration in 2007, awarded with distinction.
The event runs from 10am - 3pm at £24 (including VAT) for each delegate with lunch provided.
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Social Enterprise North West
Social Enterprise North West, SENW, has been established as a regional network and its directors include representatives of social enterprise networks from across the region. SENW achieves accountability to the sector through direct links to the accountable Social Enterprise networks like the Development Trust Association and Cooperatives North West.
We’re In Business for Good
- To raise the profile of social enterprise in the North West of England.
- To represent the interests of the North West of England’s social enterprise sector.
- To encourage mutual support, inter-trading, sharing of best practice, training and development opportunities between social enterprises.
- To work with local, regional, national transnational bodies to strengthen the social enterprise sector.