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A social enterprise is a business whose aim is to bring about positive change for the better, typically by helping to resolve a social or environmental issue through selling products or services; the profits from which are usually reinvested or even dontated to support the overall mission.

We can help you make a difference / change the world / make change happen

Our way of life has changed over the last few years. COVID-19 has affected our way of life in many ways and caused a lot of hardship including issues in health and social care and food poverty resulting in less job security, greater unemployment and increases in mental health stresses.

Climate change and the need to save the local environment are key issues that continually need to be addressed if we are to continue enjoying life and the lives of future generations.

There has never been a time in recent years where the environment, society and the local community need support, and that support can come from social enterprises and businesses with a social purpose.

What are the benefits of a Social Enterprise model?

Having a positive impact on the local environment or economy
Attracting more customers who want to spend their money with ethical businesses
Attracting and retaining employees that align with your values
Attracting investors, philanthropists and supporters to help you deliver

How can our Introduction to Social Enterprise course help?

Each session over this three-day course provides the opportunity to learn about these topics in an interactive way with take-away tools and techniques to apply to your business/social enterprise.

Introduction to Social Enterprise Course Details

MODULE: Introduction to Social Enterprise Course

RATIONALE: A good understanding of the social or environmental problem that your social enterprise will be addressing is essential. You will identify what the root causes are, what effects it has on your community, who is affected by the issue both directly and indirectly and ultimately how your social enterprise will assist in the reduction of that social issue.

MODULE: Mission, Vision, Values

RATIONALE: Clear vision and mission statements allow customers, suppliers and shareholders to choose whether or not they want to do business with you and your company. It describes the organisation’s purpose and its overall intention. The mission statement supports the vision and serves to communicate purpose and direction to employees, customers, vendors and other stakeholders.

MODULE: Theory of Change

RATIONALE: A Theory of Change is a tool that shows an organisation or project’s path from needs through activities, outcomes and social impact. Social entrepreneurs need to understand and describe the changes they want to make and the steps they must take to make it happen. This module builds on the two previous masterclasses to enable delegates to take a draft theory of change model to their own stakeholders.

MODULE: Funding

RATIONALE: Like all businesses, social enterprises need a regular income stream to be able to achieve their social mission. However, there is often a misconception that social enterprises can survive through grant funding. A healthy and varied mix of income streams is needed to reduce the reliance on grant funding or contracts.

MODULE: Social Impact Measurement and Reporting

RATIONALE: A social enterprises’ primary focus is to benefit society or the environment and is dedicated to making a positive change in a specific impact area. Understanding what this looks like and how to achieve this will offer the opportunity for improvements in delivery, further funding opportunities and raised visibility across stakeholder groups.

Module: Next Steps

RATIONALE: Find out how to develop your idea through tips, tools and techniques including roadmaps and sourcing other support including StartUp Croydon’s Building Business Horizons 3 month intensive incubator programme.

StartUp Croydon's Introduction to Social Enterprise course costs only £50 +VAT

Places are limited, and tickets go fast, so get yourself booked in for the next course.

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