03rd Jul'19

So you want to be a social entrepreneur

9:30 am - 12:00 pm
North East Business & Innovation Centre (BIC)
By North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC)

Have you ever wanted to set up an organisation to tackle the difficult problems we face in the world? Are you interested in changing your career path to do work that matches your values and make a positive social or environmental impact in the community? Maybe you’ve heard the term ‘social enterprise’ but want to find out what it means?

Then this free workshop could be just what you need.

Aimed at those with an interest in this growing sector, delivered by Kevin Marquis, Social Enterprise Manager at the North East BIC, this workshop will help participants to explore whether social entrepreneurship is for them and provide information on what support is available.

Kevin will be joined by award winning, local business owner Lynn Summerside of B Active B Fit to discuss the joys and challenges of becoming a social entrepreneur and to share her story of starting and growing a social enterprise.

This session is sure to be lively, life enhancing and hopefully spark lots of new ideas for good!

About social enterprises

A social entrepreneur is someone who develops an innovative answer to tackle a social problem, improving our communities, the environment or people’s life chances.

In the last decade, social enterprise has boomed, with a significant increase in the number social enterprise start-ups. According to recent government figures, there are now more than 70,000 social enterprises in the UK.

Social enterprises, unlike more traditional businesses, exist to re-invest profits for ‘good’ and social purpose rather than distributing to shareholders. By selling goods and services, social enterprises reinvest the money they make back into their business or the local community. So when a social enterprise profits – society profits.

Some well-known social enterprises you may have heard of:

• The Big Issue ‘exists to dismantle poverty by creating opportunity…through self-help, social trading and business solutions’
• Divine Chocolate ‘the only chocolate company in the world which is 100% Fairtrade and owned by cocoa farmers’
• The Co-op ‘working towards creating a better, fairer world and to enhance the lives of our colleagues, members, customers, and the communities we serve’.