21st January 2016: Focus On... Social Impact

The Sheffield Social Enterprise Network is 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:

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19th November 2015: Social Enterprise Social (Sponsored by SSEN)

SES are proud to be hosting an event during Global Entrepreneurship Week. This month we have the fantastic Sheffield Live! as our guest speaker, sector updates, networking opportunities and delicious food from Fusion Cafe. Please book here https://sesnov2015.eventbrite.com/

So far confirmed is the UK's biggest regional social investor The Key Fund. Deputy CEO Matt Smith will be giving a 'speed update' about their new blended grant and loan funds; http://thekeyfund.co.uk/.

12th November 2015: Social Mission; the Sheffield Vision

We are very excited to welcome Nick Temple from Social Enterprise UK to the SSEN event on 'Social Mission; the Sheffield Vision.' Nick will be leading this session on the "State of Social Enterprise Sector 2015" report. Nick has overseen the collation and publication of the last two State of the Social Enterprise Sector reports, and was the main author of the 2015 report.

 About Nick Temple

Before joining Social Enterprise UK, Nick was working as an independent consultant with a whole host of organisations, including UnLtd, Skills Third Sector, the Guardian, Venture Partnership Foundation, Stepping Out, British Council and the London School of Economics. Nick also co-founded and helped run POPse!, the world’s first pop-up social enterprise think-tank, and is on the board of the SROI Network. 

Nick was previously the Director of Policy and Communications at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, with responsibility for all communications, policy work with government, and overseeing evaluation and research. He also designed and delivered learning programmes on social franchising and for leaders of NHS Right to Request social enterprises. Before that, he was director of the Global Ideas Bank and the Natural Death Centre, and co-edited Poem for the Day Two and the Time Out Book of Country Walks vol.2, books whose royalties go back into charitable work.

About the event

This event will explore the current themes and trends emerging in the social enterprise sector.  Analysing the findings of past and current surveys across England, we will compare the national landscape with Sheffield’s performance.  Members will go away with a sound understanding of the ‘State of the Social Enterprise Sector’ in England and Sheffield’s relative presence.

Key themes will be selected for discussion and debate, and the event will encourage the sharing of real experiences to identify the challenges that social entrepreneurs grapple with on their journey to being successful and sustainable.  This will help members to form solutions. Discussions will give members an opportunity to shape the Network’s position on policy and to develop a vision for the future of Sheffield’s thriving social enterprise sector. The event will also guide the Network’s future activity as we continue to ensure that the topics are relevant and meaningful to members.