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Swindon Social Enterprise Conference 2019

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Swindon Social Enterprise First Conference. "Profit: Putting People and the Environment First".

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Profit: Putting People and the Environment First

The rich continue to get richer while the poor get poorer; clearly the current model of economic growth isn’t working for all while public sector spending on support services continues to decline..

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

A "community fair" will run alongside at the event organised by Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) to showcase local charites, social enterprises and not for profits delivering social/environmental impact.

Admission tickets are just £10 which includes drinks during breaks and a lunch.

Who Should Attend?

  • 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.

Conference Agenda

NOTE: There are 3 workshop sessions throughout the day at: 10.30, 12.15 and 14.30. There are 5 (A-E) workshops to choose from. When booking you should choose one work shop ticket for each of the 3 sessions. ONLY choose one/session. If you do not choose workshops for any of the sessions you will be unable to join on the day.

Tickets for mulitple delegates cannot be booked. Each delegate must complete a seperate booking.

9.30: Welcome, Introduction to SSEN and Order of the Day

(Andrew Hill, Chair of SSEN)

Introduction to the SSEN and how it can help local social enterprises grow and develop.

9.45: Keynote: “Building a Highly Successful Business on Social Foundations”

(Keith Carby, First MD and Co-Founder of J. Rothschild Assurance (now St James’s Place), former MD of Allied Dunbar and former CEO of Openwork)

St James’s Place is the most successful of the “Abbey Life/Hambro Life” spin-offs. It is a FTSE 100 company managing, as at the end of June 2019, £109.3 billion of client funds through a range of wealth management solutions from investments to pensions.

From outset, St James’s Place has always sought to do the right thing for all stakeholders. This social foundation is one that co-founder Keith Carby cites as one of the most important attributes of its success and that of the other Abbey Life/Hambro Life spin-offs. He strongly believes that their common commitment to act in a way that takes full account of the long-term economic, social and environmental impacts of their actions is an important part of why they have been so successful.

Keith joins us for our opening keynote to share his experiences, lessons and advice.

10.30: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS - ROUND 1

11.15: Break and “Community Fair” Stalls

11.45: Keynote: “What Difference Can Social Investment Make to Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprises”

(Natalia Fernandez, The Big Issue Invest)

Big Issue invest provides repayable finance to social enterprises and charities. They work across England with loans that vary from £20k upwards with the goal of continuing to support organisations that are seeking to make a positive difference for people and communities across the UK. This keynote will include:

  • Examples of investment.
  • What they are looking for from applicants.
  • What you need to know before applying for investment.

12:15: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS - ROUND 2

13.00: Lunch and “Community Fair”

14:00: Keynote: “Growing the UKs largest Social Enterprise”

(Peter Bundey, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL))

GLL exists to make community services and spaces better for everyone and to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. Built on honest and sound business principles, their charitable organisation produces great results, which is why it has grown over the past 10 years to become the largest social enterprise in the UK. This keynote will include:

How they blended business and social objectives to deliver sustainable growth as well as positive impact.

What lessons have been learnt along the way that could help other growing social enterprises and charitable organisations.

14:30: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS - ROUND 3

15.15: Break and “Community Fair”

15:45: Structured Networking Exercise

(Facilitated by Sadie Sharp, The Platform Project)

This short session will help you meet other people in the room that can help you get traction with your enterprise objectives before you even leave the room!

16:00: Keynote: “Understanding Your Social Impact”

(Jane Butler, Wiltshire Community Foundation)

The need to be able to understand, measure and learn from the results that your organisation delivers has always been critical, but never more so than now with funders, customers, and governance all requiring us to demonstrate the difference we are making. This keynote will include:

How to identify the difference between inputs, outputs and outcomes so that the activities and their results are clear for funding applications.

What tools and techniques you could use to help assess your impact

16:25: Summary & Close

(Andrew Hill, Chair of SSEN)

16:30: Close

Parallel Workshops

A: The National Lottery Community Fund: Availability, Priorities & Support

(Rowan Miller, The National Lottery & Andrea Barrett, Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS))

The funding landscape is continually changing, so this workshop aims to give you an update on the current focus and support provided by the National Lottery Community Fund and Voluntary Action Swindon, including:

  • An overview of the new community hub based approach to the National Lottery Community Fund (formerly Big Lottery)
  • The new processes and what to expect when you apply for funding.
  • What makes a stronger funding application.
  • An overview of what Swindon support and advice is available when applying for a grant.
  • Understanding some of the funders jargon.

B: Creating an Income for Your Not for Profit Organisation: Panel Discussion

(Liz Osborne, The Savlation Army, Becky Davidson, The Night Shelter & Shahina Johnson, Create)

The funding landscape is becoming harder and harder to access and consistently rely on as a way of financing not-for-profit and charitable activities, so more and more third sector organisations are moving towards a social enterprise model where they generate all or some of their funding themselves. However, this requires a huge shift in thinking and way of working, so this panel discussion brings together some of the local organisations who have successfully managed to make that transition to share their learnings, including:

  • How to identify potential revenue streams that are still aligned with your core activities.
  • Understanding the market and who your customers are.
  • Working out a basic income and expenditure forecast.
  • Who can help you develop your social enterprise model.

C: Business Planning for Not for Profits

(Andrew Mercer, Business West)

Designed to support potential and new social entrepreneurs, this workshop will help you to identify what is needed for a robust business plan and financial forecast, including how much income the organisation aims to generate, and the costs you may not have considered. You will cover:

  • Producing a robust business plan
  • Sourcing finance
  • Managing cash flow, profit and loss, and book keeping
  • Creating a Business Model Canvas
  • Research that will help you write a business plan

You'll also receive a copy of the templates that will tick the right boxes with investors and lenders and there is an opportunity to network with like-minded people and discuss your business goals in a supportive environment.

D: Employing People & Managing Volunteers

(Peter Jones, The HR Department)

Growth and diversification as a not-for-profit organisation can be an exciting time, but it can also be quite stressful for managers and staff! If you are looking to move from a volunteer model to actually employ staff, you will need to know the basics about how to get people on board and keep them there! This workshop will cover:

  • The basics of hiring your first employees if you are moving from a volunteer model to a staffing model.
  • How to adjust people’s roles and keep them on board if you are looking to diversify your activities.

E: Making Your Governance Structure Work for You

In order to become more self-sustaining, many not-for-profit organisations are considering growth and income generation activities. These diversified goals can often be a really constructive path to consider, but they must also be done within the parameters of your constitution and with the right skills on your Governance Board. This workshop will cover:

  • How to ensure expansion and diversification activities are still congruent with the founding principles of the organisation.
  • What skills are needed in a growth focused Governance Board and how to expand your strategic support network.

NOTE: There are 3 workshop sessions throughout the day at: 10.30, 12.15 and 14.30. There are 5 (A-E) workshops to choose from. When booking you should choose one work shop ticket for each of the 3 sessions. ONLY choose one/session. If you do not choose workshops for any of the sessions you will be unable to join on the day.

Tickets for multiple delegates cannot be booked. Each delegate must complete a separate booking.

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