We run a series of five workshops to help people to develop their social enterprise ideas, focusing on different key aspects of running a successful social enterprise.
These workshops first ran over spring 2016 and we are looking to run the programme again – dates to be confirmed.
The five workshops are:
Introduction to Social Enterprise
This workshop is for anyone who wants to find out more about what Social Enterprise is and doing business for social or environmental benefits. It will also give people who have an idea for a business to explore their ideas in a supportive environment.
Funding for Social Enterprise
This session will consider the sources of funding and income that can be available to social enterprises when looking to develop a sustainable social business. The workshop will also give you the opportunity to think about how you can develop a funding strategy for a business you may be thinking of developing.
Business Models for Social Enterprise
This session will outline the different legal structures for a social enterprise and the legal requirements, benefits and restrictions of each of these. The workshop will also give you the opportunity to think about what the most appropriate legal structure is for a business you may be thinking of developing.
Business Planning for Social Enterprise
The fourth in the series, this workshop will look at market research and creating a solid plan to move your enterprise forward. It will include why a business plan is useful and the different ways it can be used as well as introducing a number of business plan models. This will be a great chance to think about how your enterprise will work if you have a clear idea of legal structure and income streams.
Marketing your Social Enterprise
The final of our five workshops supporting social enterprise will include marketing your business, including the basics of using Social Media, how to successfully pitch a business idea, developing a network of support and other ways of promoting what you what you do to your customers.