Showcase Event

Social Enterprise Matters Showcase Event: ‘A day of celebrating all things Social Enterprise’ (22nd June)

The culmination of the Social Enterprise Matters project, the Showcase Event combined the networks, partnerships and programme events to create a day which celebrated the enthusiasm, ingenuity and enterprise of social-minded business persons in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and beyond.

The Social Enterprise Showcase Event was a vibrant day of stalls, talks and networking, with advice on funding and social enterprise start-up, inspiration from successful social entrepreneurs, and an enterprise market place from which to exhibit and trade.

Attendees could book their free ticket as a stallholder if they wished to sell their products or showcase services; or, simply, enjoy the free event as a general admission ticketholder.

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Ben Dyer, National Enterprise Challenge                       Dragon’s Den workshop

The day comprised of a range of talks from successful social entrepreneurs including; Kidsgrove Care Solutions, Letting in the Light, B Arts/Bread in Common, Youth enterprise CIC, Sherratt’s Wood, and National Enterprise Challenge. These were in addition to workshops from Biz Britain, Social Enterprise West Midlands, Big Lottery Fund, Unltd, and BES.

There were master classes throughout the day from industry experts, which included:
• Social Media Basics and Social Media/Marketing Strategy with Paul Dobson (Staffordshire University).
• Measuring your social value with Nick Gratton.
• Fundraising for Social Enterprise with Nicci Dickins (Profit 4 Purpose).
• Crowdfunding for Social Enterprise with Anne Strachen (Crowdfund UK).
• The Value of Volunteering with Craig Harris (VAST).
• Tendering and Commissioning for Social Enterprise with Sarah Taylor (VAST).

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VAST workshop at Showcase Event               BES Marketplace stall (Showcase Event)            Marketplace stalls at Showcase Event

Coaching sessions were open all day with coaches and mentors from Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, BES and VAST community accountants (booked on a first come first served basis).

Lunch and refreshments were provided by local social enterpreneurs, Bushtucker Enterprises, Bread in Common and The Dudson Café.


There were also Speed Networking sessions in both the morning and afternoon; and open throughout the day was a Marketplace with interactive stalls, which included pot throwing, poetry performances, craft activities, cupcake decorating and smoothie making. Furthermore, there was a workshop based on the ‘Dragon’s Den’ format which gave 3 emerging social enterprises the opportunity to pitch their work to win a support package donated by Sherratt’s Wood, BES and SEWM.

The event received a positive review in the local newspaper, The Sentinel