'Business Navigator' FREE signposting service for Brighton area

Whether you are a new business or social enterprise, growing or looking to become more sustainable, there is support available to help make it happen. In 2015 Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce delivered the Business Navigator service in the Brighton area, and now in its second year we are helping to spread the word about the new team of Business Navigators based in Shoreham.

This FREE signposting service helps businesses navigate the myriad growth schemes and providers in order to help you access grants, funding and other practical support. Claire Atkinson, is the Business Navigator for the Brighton area, and she is providing a free service to businesses in the area via the telephone or face to face. Claire will guide you to the right local and national schemes, advice and support to help your business develop and grow. Claire can help you save time, money and stress by locating the best potential opportunities.

You can reach Claire on 07912 894409 or email claire@prevista.co.uk

The service is FREE to use – all you need to do is talk to Claire claire.atkinson@c2cbusiness.org.uk at Coast to Capital.

'UnLtd Social Entrepreneur Supporter Programme 2016/17'

UnLtd are recruiting 4 x part-time posts

UnLtd are looking for four part-time ‘Social Entrepreneur Supporters’. These posts are supported by Local Trust as part of their Big Local Programme. Participants will be paid above the living wage at £10,000 per annum for 17.5 hours per week during the 11 month programme. This is a carefully crafted programme to develop great social entrepreneur supporters, based on the principle of ‘learning by doing’ and informed by UnLtd’s skills and competency framework.

  • This is the second iteration of the programme and the aim is for it to become the ‘benchmark’ experience for all supporters of social entrepreneurs.
  • Social entrepreneurs have varied journeys and the programme will equip you with the skills you need to support them at different stages of their journeys.
  • Participants will be supported and mentored by a named Award Manager throughout the programme giving them a mix of practical hands on experience and formal training

UnLtd are recruiting during February and March 2016. To apply visit here. Important dates include;

  • Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in an assessment centre/interview on either March 29th (London) or 30th (Birmingham). In addition they will need to be available to visit a local community during
    the week of 21st March.
  • Successful applicants must be available to start on Monday 25th of April (unfortunately there is no flexibility on this as there will be a crucial training residential running from 25th – 28th April).
  • The programme will run until the end of March 2017 (approximately 11 months duration).

Be part of Uni of Leeds #socent research

A new research project on social enterprises is being conducted at the University of Leeds.

What is the research about? The study is looking at how key leaders and decision makers, such as yourself, manage different types of goals (e.g. social benefits, environmental well-being), the conflicts these goals can cause, and how leaders manage financial sustainability.

Who will benefit? The aim is to identify key interventions to help the current and next generation of social entrepreneurs/NGO leaders to run stronger, healthier businesses; resolve problems more effectively; and make a bigger impact in society.

To do this, they need your help: they are asking for 30-60 minutes of your time to share and reflect on your own personal experiences, stories and thoughts

As a thank-you: The lead student will provide you with a summary of the key findings and recommendations as soon as these are ready (and prior to these being submitted for international publication). Also available is a presentation to you and your colleagues to talk about the findings.

How to participate: Please contact, Yuyan Jiang bn15yj@leeds.ac.uk, with your availability for a short telephone/Skype interview in July.

Or, for more information about the research, contact the project leader, Dr Kerrie Unworth (Head of Organisational Behaviour at Leeds University Business School) at K.L.Unsworth@leeds.ac.uk.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership: Facilitator / consultant wanted

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership: Facilitator / consultant wanted

Contact: Vic Borrill, Director

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership vic@bhfood.org.uk 01273 431 712


 About the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership helps people learn to cook, to eat a healthy diet, to grow their own food and to waste less food. We are working towards a sustainable food system for Brighton & Hove.  We believe that healthy people make a healthy city and that all residents should be able to enjoy food that is nutritious and produced in ways that respect the environment, animals and people.

Our work on these issues includes cookery training, running healthy weight programmes for adults and children, food work in schools, supporting community gardens and community cafes, and helping people grow more of their own food. We campaign on issues such as sustainable fish, reducing food waste and increasing the land available for food growing in the city.

The Food Partnership is a membership organisation with over 4500 individual members and dozens of partner organisations who also support our work. Our unique structure brings together all areas of food work in one organisation which is not for profit but works in partnership with all sectors.

Developing a strategy about being more enterprising

The Food Partnership currently gets the majority of our funding from grants from Public Health, Trusts and the Lottery. We are a not for profit limited company not a charity. The Board and managers have been doing some thinking about how we can ‘be more enterprising’ as a way of extending our impact and diversifying our resource base.

We want to develop a strategy that will cover

–          What is the overall aim of our work to be more enterprising

–          What balance (grants / contracts / income generation) we are aiming for

–          Potential ways for us to diversity our income – creative thinking / building on what we do already

–          Risks and opportunities

–          Steps required to achieve the above.

As part of this process we would like to run a facilitated session that will take a strategic overview of the subject (Board and staff). We are flexible about how long this session is but would anticipate that it would be at least a half day. We will provide the venue etc. I’m looking for someone who can work with me to take forward the development of the strategy and facilitate the planning session.

Skills / experience required experience in working with social enterprises and/or in helping organisations with a social mission to move towards enterprise, a commercial mindset, understands issues around viability/ profit and facilitation experience. As we are based and work in Brighton & Hove a good knowledge of the city would be beneficial.

We have £800 for this work. If you are interested please get in touch with a CV plus a short outline of what you would be able to deliver for this amount (I recognise that this will be limited and am looking for suggestions of how best to use external input). Please get back to me by 7th November . We are hoping to run the facilitated event at the start December. Any questions please get in touch.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

Have you recently set up a business or plan to do so soon? Are you an experienced social entrepreneur interested in mentoring a new entrepreneur? Then, the Erasmus for entrepreneurs programme is for you! (…and there is NO age limit!)

Euclid Network, the European network for social enterprises and civil society organisations, is implementing a European-funded programme that allows new or aspiring entrepreneurs to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in another country, the Erasmus for entrepreneurs programme.

The Erasmus programme gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in another European country. The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur (host entrepreneur), which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm. The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets. The stay is funded by the European Union.

Euclid Network is trying to involve a maximum number of social entrepreneurs in the programme. If you are interested in taking part, please check your eligibility criteria and about Erasmus programme in general at http://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact Alexandra Yaghil, Policy & Network Officer at Euclid Network, at Alexandra.yaghil@euclidnetwork.eu.

Free one-to-one support for Social Enterprises

You can book one-to-one support to help develop your existing social enterprise or start a new one!

Free one to one support available until end of April 2016, from West Sussex Social Enterprise Network.

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester – will give one to one support for Chichester and Arun based groups. Contact VAAC, 01243 840305 or email  referral@vaac.org.uk

University of Chichester – for support with your business plan or marketing strategy contact Gareth Sear, 01243 812041 or email G.Sear@chi.ac.uk

Sandpiper Business Support Ltd – for support to voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises outside Arun and Chichester Contact Barbara Beaton, 01424 893698 or email barbara.beaton@sandpiperbusiness.co.uk

Incubation Prog & a share of €100k grant - for green #socents

Let it Grow Lab, located in Amsterdam is calling on innovators with green fingers who are working on businesses and/or projects that embrace plants and flowers as opportunities to improve our urban lives. We invite you to apply for Let it Grow Lab’s five-month incubation programme that includes a chance at sharing a €100,000 grant.

Applications now accepted. More details from the Let it Grow Lab.

infocus funding award: women in innovation

Innovate UK is launching a new initiative, infocus, to spearhead our work to encourage diversity in innovation and to boost the UK economy

Women in Innovation is their first action under the infocus initiative. Innovate UK will invest £200,000 to get more women innovating in business. They want to enable and encourage more women to participate in Innovate UK competitions and take advantage of their support.

They are running this process to identify 12 women who will benefit from a unique tailor-made package of support. In addition, 4 of these women will also receive £50,000 to further their plans and make a stellar impact in the world of innovation.

The competition is open to any woman in the UK with experience in business innovation.

Register before the 24th Aug
For more info and to download specifications, visit this link.


Mentors for women in social enterprise

Mentors for women in social enterprise

Having a mentor is one of the most important things a person can do. A recent study by LinkedIn revealed that 82 percent of women believe that it is important to have a mentor, yet only one out of every five women has ever had one!

The Aspire Foundation virtual mentoring program aims to inspire and empower ‘MAD’ women working in charities and social enterprises around the world that are making a difference to women and girls to support your growth and impact to make an even bigger difference. In this way, a ripple effect of change is created.

The Aspire Foundation are seeking Mentors and Mentees. For info: http://ow.ly/hc50301h9Dr