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Growth; a force for good? Social Enterprise Mark CIC Conference 2019

Social Enterprise Mark CIC

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 15:00

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
19th & 20th June: Social Enterprise Mark Holders only   more info 18h 57m £95.00 £5.72 £20.14
19th June only: Social Enterprise Mark Holders only   more info 1d 8h 57m £60.00 £3.79 £12.76
20th June only: Social Enterprise Mark Holders only   more info 18h 57m £82.00 £5.00 £17.40
19th & 20th June: General social enterprise/VCSE/third sector   more info 18h 57m £129.00 £7.59 £27.32
20th June only: General social enterprise/VCSE/third sector   more info 18h 57m £109.00 £6.49 £23.10
19th & 20th June: non-social enterprise   more info 18h 57m £250.00 £14.24 £52.85
20th June only: non-social enterprise   more info 18h 57m £240.00 £13.69 £50.74
19th & 20th June: Individual   more info 18h 57m £60.00 £3.79 £12.76
20th June only: Individual   more info 18h 57m £30.00 £2.14 £6.43

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Growth; a force for good?

With the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer, it is clear that the current model of economic growth isn’t working for all. A new Oxfam report shows that growing wealth disparity is undermining the fight against poverty and damaging global economies.

This conference will challenge participants to consider alternative economic models, which address the mounting social and environmental challenges facing today’s society.



Please click here to download the full conference programme.


Wednesday 19th June


2:30pm Registration and exhibition/networking with refreshments


3:00pm Welcome from Lucy Findlay MBE (MD of Social Enterprise Mark CIC)


3:15pm Opening keynote - Professor Andrew Brewerton, Principal of Plymouth College of Art


4:00pm Levelling the playing field: how can we support social enterprises to win more business?

Panel discussion and Q&A chaired by Kate Welch, looking at procurement systems and how social enterprises can be supported to bid for and win contracts and achieve business growth.


Organisation Speaker
Bloom Procurement Services David Shields
CLARITY-The Soap Co. Nigel Lewis
Curiously Conscious Besma Whayeb
Ethical Hour Sian Conway
FamilyCarersNet Simon Brown


4:45pm Mark holder showcase

Find out about the important work of a selection of our network of accredited social enterprises.


5.45pm Awards celebration drinks reception:

- Celebrating the achievements of accredited social enterprises

- Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark presentations

Followed by:


6.30pm BBQ/buffet dinner with networking opportunities



Thursday 20th June


9:00am  Registration and exhibition/networking


9:30am  Welome from Professor Caroline Elliot, Deputy Dean of Aston Business School


9:50am  Welome/introduction from Lucy Findlay, MD of Social Enterprise Mark CIC


10:00am How can we shift to a more human economy? - Alex Maitland, Head of Future Business Initiative at Oxfam


Drawing on the Oxfam's latest research on inequality, human rights abuse in supply chains and in-work poverty, Alex will look at how the current model of business and finance, fixated on making profit for shareholders, is driving inequality and holding back sustainable development.


10:45am Have we got the right financial tools and systems to support sustainable growth?

Panel discussion and Q&A chaired by Kate Welch, looking at financial systems and social investment and how this feeds into sustainable growth.


Organisation Speaker
Big Issue Group Nigel Kershaw
NatWest/RBS Social & Community Capital Megan Peat
Social Enterprise Mark CIC Lucy Findlay 
Social Value International Jeremy Nicholls



11:30am Refreshments and exhibition/networking


12:00pm Workshop sessions (see programme for details)


1:00pm  Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition                                        


2:00pm How can we tackle inequality to ensure diversity in social enterprise?  Dr Pragya Agarwal, Founder of The Art Tiffin and Director of The 50 Percent Foundation, and Cath Harris, Founder of One World Women


2:40pm Certification; a short-cut for business growth or a process that helps support the' right' kind of business sustainability?(What came first – good practice that stimulates sustainable success and growth, or the accreditation standards from which this can be nurtured (the chicken or the egg!)?)

Panel discussion and Q&A chaired by Kate Welch, looking at the importance of certification and standards systems, and how business may use these to build success, then work with them to maintain standards in order to survive and thrive over time.


Organisation Speaker
Forum for Social Innovation, Malmö University Erika Augustinsson
Investors in People Paul Devoy
TrustMark Simon Ayers
Social Enterprise Mark Certification Panel Nicky Stevenson
Social Enterprise Mark Certification Panel Gareth Hart


3:30pm  Plenary and close



 Who should attend?


• Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark holders - CEOs, senior managers, marketing and communications

• Emerging and established social enterprises

• Charities

• Housing associations

• Businesses and corporations wanting to know more about social enterprises and social value

• Individuals interested in learning more about social enterprise

Policy makers, procurement officers, local authorities

• Commissioners, health and social care organisations

• Networking and representative bodies




The event is being hosted by Aston University and are joined by Bloom Procurement Services as the headline sponsors.


Other sponsorship opportunities are available, including supporting sponsorship and exhibition. Please get in touch if you would be interested in sponsoring the event.





The event is being held at Aston University, which offers an on-site hotel

To book your room, visit the Conference Aston website or call 0121 204 3726.


 Parking at the venue


Car parking must be booked online, prior to arrival.

You will then be sent an email permit to display in your windscreen and an entry code for the car park. Please ensure you book this, prior to setting off, as we cannot guarantee availability at the venue car park, on the day.

Do you have questions about Growth; a force for good? Social Enterprise Mark CIC Conference 2019? Contact Social Enterprise Mark CIC

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Aston University
295 Aston Express Way
B4 7ER Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 15:00

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Social Enterprise Mark CIC

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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