Social Enterprise Exchange

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Social Enterprise Exchange is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. 

Social Enterprise Exchange is a new initiative providing a comprehensive programme of support to social enterprises across the Sheffield City Region to promote social entrepreneurship and contribute toward job creation, growth and social inclusion.

Social Enterprise Exchange is delivered in collaboration with the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub by a community-based consortium including Community Media Solutions, Groundwork South Yorkshire, Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, Sheffield Local Television, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Voluntary Action Barnsley and Bolsover CVP. 

Groundwork South Yorkshire is the Lead Delivery Partner in delivering the Accelerate Programme. 

 

Accelerate your social enterprise start-up with access to our programme of start-up Accelerate Workshops, bespoke support, networking events and social enterprise start-up grants.

Transform your existing social enterprise with the support of our specialist social enterprise advisers including business planning, marketing, access to finance, building-based development, masterclasses and grants for social enterprise growth. 

 

What's involved?

1. Register your interest: www.socentxchange.net/register

2. Assigned to either Transform or Accelerate Programme. If you are an existing Social Enterprise that has been running more than 12 months, you will be assigned to our Transform programme. If you are a pre-start or new Social Enteprise that has been running less than 12 months, you will be assigned to our Accelerate Programme.

3. Receive a phone call from one of our Enterprise Coaches

4. Attend meetings with our Enterprises Coaches to discuss your needs & requirements and to determine how we would tailor our support to best help you

5. Attend a 2 day intense start-up Accelerate Workshop: this will give you the opportunity to work with other pre-start or early stage social enterprises and help develop your business case

6. Attend sessions with our specialist advisors covering: business planning, company structures & legal structures, marketing and access to finance (depending on your needs)

Through our Social Enterprise Exchange programme we also offer:

  • Ongoing support developing your business case
  • Accelerate Business Grants up to £1,500 (*subject to a selection process)
  • Video production service through Sheffield Live to help promote your business

If you want to access support from this project, then please call Social Enterprise Exchange on: 0330 159 3880 (standard rate applies). 

 

 

Events

If you are already registered with Social Enterprise Exchange and would like to attend one of our workshops, please contact Lizzie Beckett (Events and Promotions Officer): Lizzie.Beckett@groundwork.org.uk or tel: 0114 263 6420 to register your interest. 

Accelerate 2-day Workshops

- 14th & 15th February 2018 (Sheffield)

- 21st & 22nd March 2018 (Doncaster)

- 15th & 16th May 2018 (Derbyshire)

- 3rd & 4th July 2018 (Barnsley)

- 25th & 26th September 2018 (Rotherham)

Bid Writing Workshops

- 19th April 2018

- 11th June 2018

- 24th October 2018

Social Marketing Workshops

- 15th March 2018

- 26th April 2018

- 19th July 2018

- 5th September 2018

- 14th November 2018

Business Planning Workshops

- 12th March 2018

- 9th May 2018

- 11th July 2018

- 11th September 2018

- 7th November 2018

If you are NOT already registered with Social Enterprise Exchange, but would like to register your interest for any of the following events, please click on the following link: http://www.socentxchange.net/register/

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Customer Feedback

Case Studies

My Journey to Social Enterprise

Eddie Birks is CEO of Green Oak Clearance CIC – a community interest company dedicated to hiring ex-military; those recovering from alcohol/drug abuse; homeless and ex-prisoners in domestic waste clearance.

In March 2017, Eddie attended his first meeting with Groundwork South Yorkshire’s (GWSY) and attended the Accelerate workshop as part of Social Enterprise Exchange (SEE), which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. This is his experience of growing his organisation, from the idea stage to a sustainable social enterprise.

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Homeless charities estimate that there are about 7,000 ex-servicemen and women living rough in the UK. Many of these people scarred by the trauma of war; spiral into alcohol, violence, crime and substance addiction. Being ex-military, Eddie decided to set up a social enterprise, to help tackle this issue and help those in need.

Green Oak Clearance CIC helps give people a second chance, giving people back their independence; self-respect and self-worth through offering them stable and prolonged work, in a safe environment. In return employees must refrain from drugs/alcohol/violent behaviour and to work to the best of the ability in the waste clearance business.

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In the beginning of his enterprise journey, Eddie faced some challenges, saying himself that he had “every door slammed in my face” and was told that “It can’t be done” without help from banks or financial institutions.

Eddie overcame these challenges through dogged determination and drive. Eddie gives some very sound advice to would-be entrepreneurs: “There is no such thing as good luck. You make your own luck and only you can make it happen. Keep pushing until it happens.”

Eddie worked with Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) and the Work and Learning Coach at Crisis. VAR referred Eddie to the SEE programme. SEE is a project designed to offer a comprehensive programme of support for social enterprises in the Sheffield City Region.

SEE appointed an Enterprise Coach to work with Eddie, offering support and guidance. Shortly after the initial meeting, at the Accelerate Workshop in Rotherham, Eddie worked alongside Specialist Advisers and Enterprise Coaches and learnt how to: choose the right business structure; develop a strong business case; understand his business process & customer journey; how to deliver a great business pitch; building a successful marketing campaign and accessing social finance/finance. Eddie was very impressed with the workshop, not only with the opportunity to network with other enthusiastic entrepreneurs, but also in the professionalism of the GWSY staff in running of the event.

Eddie continued to work on his business case with his Enterprise Coach and they helped him to revamp his business plan and financial models; register his CIC as well as signposting him to appropriate people who could push his business forward. More importantly, Eddie was given valuable insight into what he could achieve. 

Eddie was put in touch with Shokat Lol, the Assistant Chief Executive at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC). It is fair to say that Rotherham MBC were impressed – telling Eddie that this was the best business plan and financial model that Rotherham MBC had ever seen and that they had never had this level of service presented to them before. After several meetings, Rotherham MBC decided to back Green Oak Clearance CIC all the way and are currently in the process of putting together a package: offering a grant; property and an office space for the business.

Not wanting to stay still for long – Eddie’s future plans are to acquire some land in Rotherham adjacent or near to the business, where accommodation will be offered to employees. This well help reduce the housing pressure on local councils; reduce homelessness in the city and help individuals become a valuable member of society once again.

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News

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The team

Rose Tran - Enterprise Coach

Rose Tran

Lucy Ashton - Enterprise Coach

Lucy Ashton

Lizzie Joyce - Tesco Community Enabler & Events and Promotions Officer

Lizzie Joyce

Lahari Parchuri - Senior Enterprise Coach

Lahari Parchuri

Cleo Metcalf - Employment Skills and Training Director

Cleo Metcalf

Lizzie Joyce - Tesco Community Enabler & Events and Promotions Officer

Lizzie Joyce is the new Events and Promotions Officer working on the Accelerate programme at Groundwork South Yorkshire. Lizzie has been working at Groundwork since August 2016, where she also holds a position as Community Enabler for the Tesco Bags of Help project. Lizzie gained experience in promotions & events through her volunteer work with The Ramblers Association, where she held various committee positions. Lizzie has a MSc in Environmental Management from Sheffield Hallam University, which attracted her to her role at Groundwork South Yorkshire.

Highlight of the role: Using my creative skills to promote events. - Events and Promotions Officer

Why Groundwork South Yorkshire is great: I enjoy working in this dynamic environment and making a difference to local communities.

Lahari Parchuri - Senior Enterprise Coach

Lahari Parchuri is the Senior Enterprise coach at Groundwork South Yorkshire.  Lahari has been working on the Accelerate programme since July 2016 and she is also currently studying for an MBA(Master of Business Administration) . Previously Lahari was the Social Enterprise officer for Groundwork. Lahari is a member of Chartered Management Institute and has experience in Designing and delivering workshops on different aspects of leadership such as: problem solving & critical thinking, creative entrepreneurship.

Highlight of the role: Enables me to lead without titles and make a real difference.

Why Groundwork South Yorkshire is great: Great leadership, amazing colleagues, a proactive organisation.

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Social Enterprise Exchange is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. 

Social Enterprise Exchange is a new initiative providing a comprehensive programme of support to social enterprises across the Sheffield City Region to promote social entrepreneurship and contribute toward job creation, growth and social inclusion.

Social Enterprise Exchange is delivered in collaboration with the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub by a community-based consortium including Community Media Solutions, Groundwork South Yorkshire, Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, Sheffield Local Television, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Voluntary Action Barnsley and Bolsover CVP. 

Groundwork South Yorkshire is the Lead Delivery Partner in delivering the Accelerate Programme. 

 

Accelerate your social enterprise start-up with access to our programme of start-up Accelerate Workshops, bespoke support, networking events and social enterprise start-up grants.

Transform your existing social enterprise with the support of our specialist social enterprise advisers including business planning, marketing, access to finance, building-based development, masterclasses and grants for social enterprise growth. 

 

What's involved?

1. Register your interest: www.socentxchange.net/register

2. Assigned to either Transform or Accelerate Programme. If you are an existing Social Enterprise that has been running more than 12 months, you will be assigned to our Transform programme. If you are a pre-start or new Social Enteprise that has been running less than 12 months, you will be assigned to our Accelerate Programme.

3. Receive a phone call from one of our Enterprise Coaches

4. Attend meetings with our Enterprises Coaches to discuss your needs & requirements and to determine how we would tailor our support to best help you

5. Attend a 2 day intense start-up Accelerate Workshop: this will give you the opportunity to work with other pre-start or early stage social enterprises and help develop your business case

6. Attend sessions with our specialist advisors covering: business planning, company structures & legal structures, marketing and access to finance (depending on your needs)

Through our Social Enterprise Exchange programme we also offer:

  • Ongoing support developing your business case
  • Accelerate Business Grants up to £1,500 (*subject to a selection process)
  • Video production service through Sheffield Live to help promote your business

If you want to access support from this project, then please call Social Enterprise Exchange on: 0330 159 3880 (standard rate applies). 

 

 

Events

If you are already registered with Social Enterprise Exchange and would like to attend one of our workshops, please contact Lizzie Beckett (Events and Promotions Officer): Lizzie.Beckett@groundwork.org.uk or tel: 0114 263 6420 to register your interest. 

Accelerate 2-day Workshops

- 14th & 15th February 2018 (Sheffield)

- 21st & 22nd March 2018 (Doncaster)

- 15th & 16th May 2018 (Derbyshire)

- 3rd & 4th July 2018 (Barnsley)

- 25th & 26th September 2018 (Rotherham)

Bid Writing Workshops

- 19th April 2018

- 11th June 2018

- 24th October 2018

Social Marketing Workshops

- 15th March 2018

- 26th April 2018

- 19th July 2018

- 5th September 2018

- 14th November 2018

Business Planning Workshops

- 12th March 2018

- 9th May 2018

- 11th July 2018

- 11th September 2018

- 7th November 2018

If you are NOT already registered with Social Enterprise Exchange, but would like to register your interest for any of the following events, please click on the following link: http://www.socentxchange.net/register/

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Customer Feedback

Case Studies

My Journey to Social Enterprise

Eddie Birks is CEO of Green Oak Clearance CIC – a community interest company dedicated to hiring ex-military; those recovering from alcohol/drug abuse; homeless and ex-prisoners in domestic waste clearance.

In March 2017, Eddie attended his first meeting with Groundwork South Yorkshire’s (GWSY) and attended the Accelerate workshop as part of Social Enterprise Exchange (SEE), which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. This is his experience of growing his organisation, from the idea stage to a sustainable social enterprise.

_________________________________

Homeless charities estimate that there are about 7,000 ex-servicemen and women living rough in the UK. Many of these people scarred by the trauma of war; spiral into alcohol, violence, crime and substance addiction. Being ex-military, Eddie decided to set up a social enterprise, to help tackle this issue and help those in need.

Green Oak Clearance CIC helps give people a second chance, giving people back their independence; self-respect and self-worth through offering them stable and prolonged work, in a safe environment. In return employees must refrain from drugs/alcohol/violent behaviour and to work to the best of the ability in the waste clearance business.

_________________________________

In the beginning of his enterprise journey, Eddie faced some challenges, saying himself that he had “every door slammed in my face” and was told that “It can’t be done” without help from banks or financial institutions.

Eddie overcame these challenges through dogged determination and drive. Eddie gives some very sound advice to would-be entrepreneurs: “There is no such thing as good luck. You make your own luck and only you can make it happen. Keep pushing until it happens.”

Eddie worked with Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) and the Work and Learning Coach at Crisis. VAR referred Eddie to the SEE programme. SEE is a project designed to offer a comprehensive programme of support for social enterprises in the Sheffield City Region.

SEE appointed an Enterprise Coach to work with Eddie, offering support and guidance. Shortly after the initial meeting, at the Accelerate Workshop in Rotherham, Eddie worked alongside Specialist Advisers and Enterprise Coaches and learnt how to: choose the right business structure; develop a strong business case; understand his business process & customer journey; how to deliver a great business pitch; building a successful marketing campaign and accessing social finance/finance. Eddie was very impressed with the workshop, not only with the opportunity to network with other enthusiastic entrepreneurs, but also in the professionalism of the GWSY staff in running of the event.

Eddie continued to work on his business case with his Enterprise Coach and they helped him to revamp his business plan and financial models; register his CIC as well as signposting him to appropriate people who could push his business forward. More importantly, Eddie was given valuable insight into what he could achieve. 

Eddie was put in touch with Shokat Lol, the Assistant Chief Executive at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC). It is fair to say that Rotherham MBC were impressed – telling Eddie that this was the best business plan and financial model that Rotherham MBC had ever seen and that they had never had this level of service presented to them before. After several meetings, Rotherham MBC decided to back Green Oak Clearance CIC all the way and are currently in the process of putting together a package: offering a grant; property and an office space for the business.

Not wanting to stay still for long – Eddie’s future plans are to acquire some land in Rotherham adjacent or near to the business, where accommodation will be offered to employees. This well help reduce the housing pressure on local councils; reduce homelessness in the city and help individuals become a valuable member of society once again.

______________________________________

 

News

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The team

Rose Tran - Enterprise Coach

Rose Tran

Lucy Ashton - Enterprise Coach

Lucy Ashton

Lizzie Joyce - Tesco Community Enabler & Events and Promotions Officer

Lizzie Joyce

Lahari Parchuri - Senior Enterprise Coach

Lahari Parchuri

Cleo Metcalf - Employment Skills and Training Director

Cleo Metcalf