2018 AGM

The 2018 AGM will take place on April 19th at 9.30am in Sheffield University's Diamond Building (Workroom 2) on Western Bank (postcode S10 2TN).

All members and their guests are welcome. If you are able to attend, we'd ask that you reserve a place using this link.

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31st January 2018, Firth Hall, University of Sheffield

If you’re a social enterprise, how do you secure great contracts with the public sector (or, indeed, with private sector organisations)?

If you've ever looked at an invitation to tender document then you will know how overwhelming it can feel to put together a bid. Similarly the application process for many social enterprise funding, support and grant programmes can be daunting.

If you write any bids for your social enterprise to secure public or private sector contracts or you apply for funding (or intend to), then this workshop is for you. This practical and focused workshop will give you the tools you need for writing successful tender, grant and funding applications.

This 3 hour workshop will cover

  • researching appropriate bids and funding (and deciding what’s worth investing the time in writing an application)
  • assembling the vital components of your bid
  • writing the bid to successfully, succinctly and clearly show how you meet the criteria
  • pitching and interviews
  • the state of the Social Value Act
  • how procurement and commissioning works

We have a few places left - reserve yours now by clicking HERE.


In partnership with Sheffield Business School, SSEN again hosted 22 students from Mondragon University in November 2017 for a day of talks, case studies & workshops about social enterprise. 


Our annual unconference was in September 2017 at the Showroom & Workstation and was attended by a wide variety of social enterprises, who had the opportunity to discuss experiences & challenges facing our sector. We will be repeating this in 2018 - watch out for the date!


Our 2017 AGM was on 30th March at 6pm, in the Union St co-working space near to the Peace Gardens.
Minutes are available on request


The Sheffield Social Enterprise Network was proud to present its first “Focus On” session. Our initial event focuses on the increasing importance of measuring and reporting social impact. It is essential that members are fully briefed about the changing political landscape, to understand the implications, and be able to take advantage of future contracts and funding opportunities.

Attendees will hear from a panel of key players who are actively involved in the development and delivery of commissioning services and funding programmes. Panelists will provide a national and local perspective, and there will be an opportunity for members to ask questions. The session will be facilitated and chaired by Jamie Veitch, experienced social entrepreneur and expert consultant to many successful social enterprises in and around Sheffield, and further afield.

Panelists include: