Somerset Social Enterprise Network

Creating a Social Enterprise Network for Somerset

The Smart Communities team has created the Somerset Social Enterprise Network to help social enterprises across the county to flourish and for the sector to grow.

What is a social enterprise?

Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. Like traditional businesses, they aim to make a profit but it’s what they do with their profits that sets them apart – reinvesting or donating them to create positive social change. Social enterprises are in our communities and on our high streets – from coffee shops and cinemas to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies.

Famous examples include Big Issue, Divine Chocolate, and the Eden Project. In Somerset we have some excellent social enterprises making real differences in our communities, this includes Rusty Road 2 Recovery in Bridgwater, Minehead Eye, the Great Western Hotel in Taunton, the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury and The Hub Yeovil, and all our community-run shops and village halls.

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These events are currently online due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Let us know if there are topics you would like to see covered

Network Events

Share it!

11th February 2021 – 2pm – 3pm

MEET UP WITH OTHER SOCIAL ENTERPRISES IN SOMERSET

A great chance to meet like-minded people and share ideas, successes and challenges.

Take the floor with Open Mic Spotlight: two members will be offered a 5-10 minute space to inspire others about their organisation or more widely about issues around social enterprise or challenges they face. Let us know your ideas when you book your place.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK:

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Network Events

Write it! Win it!

24th February 2021 – 6.30pm

SUCCESSFUL BID WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES – You have to be in it to win it!

Know what your funder wants and write a compelling case for support.

  • Review a funding proposal
  • Explore the importance of funder relationships/stewardship
  • Understand the funding options available for CIC, CIO and other trading charities/organisations
  • Consider Governance and finance/accounts

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK:

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Network Events

Share it!

9th March 2021 – 7pm – 8pm

MEET UP WITH OTHER SOCIAL ENTERPRISES IN SOMERSET

A great chance to meet like-minded people and share ideas, successes and challenges.

Take the floor with Open Mic Spotlight: two members will be offered a 5-10 minute space to inspire others about their organisation or more widely about issues around social enterprise or challenges they face. Let us know your ideas when you book your place.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK:

Click here to secure your space
Network Events

Coach it!

25th March 2021 – 6.30pm – 8pm

COACHING FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES IN SOMERSET

How could an objective view could help you to improve your business?

Business coaching offers a fresh perspective which can bring dynamism and drive to your business, spurring innovation. Business coaching will help identify your own skills, strengths and abilities, as well as enabling you to develop some strategies to navigate tough times.

This session offers an opportunity to understand the use of coaching and will give up to 6 members the opportunity for a private coaching session following this webinar, with our expert coach –free of charge.

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Become a member

Free membership

Membership is currently free to Somerset-based organisations.

You can email the team on enhanceSEN@somersetrcc.org.uk or join below!

Join now!

What we offer members

  • Training events, visits and networking opportunities to meet the needs of new and developing social enterprises.
  • Our events are virtual for now during COVID restrictions.
  • Access to a Somerset only members Facebook Group, talk to others, share ideas and resources
  • Promotion of social enterprise to policymakers and commissioners.
  • Regular newsletters and local bulletins keeping you up to date with funding, grants and advice available for social enterprises as well as another way of showcasing individual organisations – email us with your details to be in the spotlight!
  • Read past newsletters HERE

Be part of a wider network – the Enhance Social Enterprise Network Devon & Somerset

As a Somerset Network member you are automatically enrolled for free to the Enhance Social Enterprise Network Devon & Somerset.

This wider network is a partnership of:

Enhance Network benefits available to you

www.enhancesocialenterprise.org.uk

  • There is a dedicated website for the Enhance Social Enterprise Network for Devon & Somerset where you can claim your social enterprise listing and be visible to a wider network. The website has a searchable social enterprise business directory to facilitate business to business selling, public procurement, and business to customer selling – helping us to spread the word about the amazing work of our social enterprises!
    • Search for your organisation and then click ‘Claim My Listing’ so you can add photos, events, promotions..
  • You will have access to the Devon & Somerset members-only Facebook Group, talk to others, share ideas and resources
  • Members-only events that our Devon colleagues organise are open to Somerset Social Enterprises, however there may be a small charge to attend.
Click HERE to catch up on previous free Enhance webinars

The Somerset network is part of the Enhance Social Enterprise Network, a legacy project developed with funding from ERDF & the European Social Fund.

Members will still be mapped as part of this project, in a special searchable map allowing people and organisations to find South West social enterprises here:

The Somerset Social Enterprise Network is funded by