The theme of the conference will be about broadening horizons for social enterprise and pushing the boundaries of the traditional social enterprise market.
We are currently working on the programme, more information to follow. If you would like to be involved, as a speaker or workshop facilitator, please do get in touch.
Monday 5th June
An exclusive day for Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark Holders to meet, network and share good practice
1.30pm Registration and exhibition/networking with refreshments
2.00pm Welcome from Lucy Findlay (MD of Social Enterprise Mark CIC)
2.15pm Mark Holder Forum, chaired by Sara Burgess, former CIC Regulator:
A chance to network and share updates with fellow Mark Holders, e.g. sharing good practice, discussing successes and challenges, and how Social Enterprise Mark CIC can support you.
5.00 - 7.30pm Awards celebration evening - drinks reception:
- Celebrating the achievements of accredited social enterprises
- Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark presentations
All conference delegates are invited to attend the drinks reception
Tuesday 6th June
Pushing the boundaries of social enterprise: exploring new opportunities
The conference is open to everyone, either working in/with social enterprises, or those wanting to know more about the social enterprise sector and the importance of accreditation for social enterprises
Chair - Lucy Findlay (Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark CIC)
9.00am Registration and exhibition/networking
9.30am Welcome from Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of Winchester University
10.00am 'In conversation with John Denham' Q&A session with John Denham, former Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Communites and Local Government
10.30am 'Pushing the boundaries of social enterprise: engaging with new markets' Panel discussion on new and emerging markets for social enterprise, chaired by Ian Bretman, Board member of Fairtrade International
11.30am Refreshments and exhibition/networking
12:00pm Workshops (delegates to choose one workshop to attend): TBC
1.00pm Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
2.15pm Speaker - TBC
3.00pm Closing keynote – Nigel Kershaw OBE, Chair of The Big Issue Group
Who should attend?
• Social Enterprise Mark holders - CEOs, senior managers, marketing and communications
• Emerging and established social enterprises
• Housing associations
• Businesses and corporations wanting to know more about social enterprises and social value
• Policy makers, procurement officers, local authorities
• Commissioners, health and social care organisations
• Networking and representative bodies
The event is being hosted by University of Winchester, as the headline sponsor.
There are a range of other sponsorship opportunities available, including co-headline sponsorship, workshop sponsorship and exhibition sponsorship. Please get in touch if you are interested in being involved as a sponsor.
The event is being held at University of Winchester West Downs campus. We have secured a preferential rate at The Wichester Royal Hotel, which is less than a mile from the venue.
The single occupancy rate is £89 and the double occupancy rate is £99, inclusive of breakfast and VAT. There are 25 rooms reserved for 5th June - to book your room, please contact the hotel on 0330 102 7242, quoting reference 69894 to claim this rate.
Please note - the reserved rooms will only be held until 24th April 2017, after which time we can't guarantee that there will be availability, or that rooms will be available at the preferential rate.
Parking is available at the hotel on a first come first served basis.
Social Enterprise Mark CIC is the social enterprise accreditation authority, which ensures the social enterprise business model remains ethical, credible and commercial through accreditation.
We are responsible for assessing applications for the internationally recognised Social Enterprise Mark and Social Enterprise Gold Mark. We exist to recognise and promote social enterprises as competitive, sustainable businesses, dedicated to maximising social impact above shareholder profit.
The Social Enterprise Mark is the only internationally available social enterprise accreditation, enabling credible social enterprises to prove they put the interests of people and planet before shareholder gain. The Mark acts as an independent, externally assessed guarantee that a business is operating as a social enterprise, with the central aim of using income/profits to maximise social benefit, taking precedent over generating dividends for owners/shareholders.
The Social Enterprise Gold Mark provides a route to social enterprise excellence. The Gold Mark offers enhanced accreditation to social enterprises which can show best practice in proof points across key business areas, including financial transparency and business ethics. It is a business development tool that sets benchmarks and an action plan for continuous improvement.
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