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£10m fund to open in April

If you need £50,000 to £300,000 to support your community business to develop and grow then you’ll be pleased to know that the Power to Change £1om grant programme is opening a new funding round on 26th April 2016.

A few pointers:

Power to change is for community business rooted in the community with community ownership (check eligibility here) and in previous rounds it only funded 5% of applicants and more than two thirds of applications dd not meet their criteria. Funding will rarely exceed 75% of overall development costs.

Power to change is expecting this round will be highly competitive and is having further rounds in July and October. the fund expects to award relatively equal acorss each round.

Key dates to note:

  • 5 April: Full criteria will be published on the Power to Change Website the grants helpline will open to help you with your application and any questions you have about eligibility.
  • 19 April: They will host a free Q&A webinar about the programme.
  • 26 April – 1 June: First application window
  • July 2016: Second funding round opens
  • October 2016: Third funding round opens

To register your interest then click here

 

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New £1m Coop Support Programme Launched Today

Firstly we’d like to say we’re extremely pleased to have been selected as a preferred supplier for business support on this new initiative and look forward to helping cooperatives develop and grow, but now what you really want to know.

The Hive a new programme of business support for people wanting to start or grow co-operatively run organisations has been launched today.

Run by Co-operatives UK, the network for Britain’s thousands of co-operatives, in partnership with The Co-operative Bank, The Hive will provide mix of online resources, training, advice and peer mentoring to organisations and start-ups right across a range the co-operative sector.

You might run a co-op already and want to strengthen it, be at the early stages of starting-up your business, or considering converting your organisation to co-operative or community ownership.

From renewables to retail, sports to social care, if you’re looking for business support, The Hive is for you.

See how The Hive can help you build a better co-operative business.

View a short film here

www.thehive.coop

 

 

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Open to Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme is open for applications.

Now we’ve got your attention. The school for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) is open to applications. We are proud to work with the School for Entrepreneurs as “Expert Witnesses” on their Social Enterprise Start up programme not just because their Learning Manager (2015) said “every start-up programme should start with Development in Social Enterprise”, but because it’s probably the best start up programme for social entrepreneurs in the Midlands.

The programme offers:

  • 14 days of learning over a 12 month period starting in October
  • A mentor from Lloyds Bank
  • A £4000 grant to help get your idea off the ground.

As you can see the programme is an extensive action learning programme with a grant and therefore places are highly contested, but if you don’t apply you won’t be in the running!

They are holding an Information and Taster session in Birmingham in the evening of 3rd March to help you find out more and provide insight into what a successful application looks like – Book a place now.

The deadline for full applications is 1:00 pm on 21st March. Applications here https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

Good Luck!

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Co-operatives Training

For those of you considering whether the co-operative model is right for you then look no further the Co-operatives Essential Training Package is now live.

The programme begins with a  Strategic Planning and Change Management session on Wednesday 16 March in Manchester. The participative full day training is designed to help businesses manage change and improve their approach to strategic planning.

On Tuesday 22 March, also in Manchester, they have an opening training event specifically designed for co-op secretaries. Oversubscribed last year, this session will cover a secretary’s duties and responsibilities – including legal requirements and best practice.

From sustainability and co-op marketing to effective meetings and director duties, the co-op training programme continues throughout the year, with sessions held in Bristol and London as well as Manchester.

For more infornmation and the full list of training courses , dates and locations http://www.uk.coop/developing-co-ops/training-events

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School For Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) Open for Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands is open for applications. Around 40 places are being offered.
The programme is free to attend and offers:

  • 14 days of learning over 12 months starting in October 2016
  • A mentor from Lloyds Banking Group
  • £4000 grant from Big Lottery to help get your idea started.

You will learn the key things that you need to know about running a successful social enterprise. You will learn with a group of like-minded individuals who will support you and encourage you.

Previous participants have described the programme as ‘Transformational’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Essential’, ‘Brilliant’, ‘Priceless’ and ‘Hugely enjoyable’.

 

https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

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Awarding Times

Well it’s been a busy few weeks with our recent move to our brand spanking new office in the purpose built Solihull Enterprise Centre, but our highlight has been the West Midland Region – Social Enterprise Awards. For the second year running Development in Social Enterprise sponsored Social Enterprise West Midland’s SE Passion Award.

SE passion is about recognising the achievements of young social entrepreneurs who have adopted the social enterprise model as a way of doing business and are having impact in the region.

BEATFREAKSAWARD1This year we were extremly pleased to award Beatfreaks (pictured to the left) the top award. Betafreaks are an amaising, entusiastic and high energy social enterprise that engages young people through the medium of art, giving them a platform for social action which they have termed “ARTIVISM”. Check them out a truly inspiring social enterprise, with high impact and bound to go far.

And that’s not all, many of you will know our CEO David Lane who also picked up an award on the night. David received Highly Commended SE Professional award which was sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors, recognising his ongoing committment and achievements in helping social enterprises develop and grow over many years.

If you would like to see all the award winners and the category then visit Social Enterprise West Midlands here.

Well done to all the winners and a big conratulations to SEWM for another fabulous awards night.

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Want to find out more about the School for Social Entrepreneurs?

The West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs is holding an information event ahead of its next round of recruitment. If you’re interested in the programme why not pop along to find out more?

Demand for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs is high; so they are starting taster and information sessions early for our 2016/17 intake.

The programme provides 15 days of support, a Big Lottery grant of £4000 for participants, plus a mentor from Lloyds Bank over a 12 month period. As a result, demand outstrips the number of places they can offer – around 20 in the West Midlands and 20 in the East Midlands.

Their next programme starts in October 2016 and applications can be made between 1 February and 21 March 2016.

To help you understand more about the programme, decide if its right for you and get some useful tips and guidance on applying, we are running our first ‘taster session’ in Birmingham on 17 December from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

More information and booking https://ssemidlands.typeform.com/to/irdQlA

 

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Seedpod- investing in promising health and wellbeing ideas

If you’re involved in health and wellbeing you might like to know our colleagues over at PocZero Foundation CIC are hosting “Idea Canvas” events  over October and November, see below for further info.

For anyone interested in Seedpod: Birmingham’s first health and wellbeing academy investing in promising ideas – we would love to learn more about you, your ideas and how we might be able to help your idea grow! Come join us at one of our ‘Idea Canvas’ sessions – a fun, interactive and informal way to meet the team and connect with us. Sessions will be taking place at the following time and locations – to register simply follow one of the hyperlinks below.

If you like further information on Seedpod, please contact Eleanor Cappell Social Ventures & Community Lead PocZero Foundation CIC
E: eleanor.cappell@poczero.com  W: www.poczero.com @poczero

Links to book onto the events below!

Balsall Heath: Thursday or Friday afternoons 1:00 – 3:00pm @ Ort Café, 500 – 504 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9AH

http://attending.io/events/balsall-heath-ideas-canvas-30th-oct

http://attending.io/events/balsall-heath-ideas-canvas-5th-nov

http://attending.io/events/balsall-heath-ideas-canvas-12th-nov

http://attending.io/events/balsall-heath-ideas-canvas-20th-nov

 

Castle Vale: Tuesday afternoons 2:00 – 4:00pm @ Castle Vale Library, Spitfire House, 10 High Street, Castle Vale, Birmingham, B35 7PR 

http://attending.io/events/castle-vale-ideas-canvas-3rd-nov

http://attending.io/events/castle-vale-ideas-canvas-10th-nov

http://attending.io/events/castle-vale-ideas-canvas-17th-nov

http://attending.io/events/castle-vale-ideas-canvas-24th-nov

 

Shard End: Tuesday mornings 10am – 12noon @ Welcome Change Café, Onwall Road, Shard End, B34 7AJ

http://attending.io/events/shard-end-ideas-canvas-27th-oct

http://attending.io/events/shard-end-ideas-canvas-3rd-nov

https://attending.io/events/shard-end-ideas-canvas-10th-nov

http://attending.io/events/shard-end-ideas-canvas-17th-nov

http://attending.io/events/shard-end-ideas-canvas-24th-nov

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Apply to pitch to win a £500 grant award and a Social Finance Mentor for the year!

Have you got a social enterprise business idea you want to kickstart?

Are you a current social enterprise or entrepreneur looking to diversify or develop a new product or service?

As part of Social Enterprise West Midlands Social Finance Fair on the 1st October SEWM CIC is providing up to 4 social enterprises or social entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch for an agreed amount of seed investment/grant from the Pitchers Platform sponsor and a Social Finance Mentor.

Sponsored by BCRS Business Loans the Pitch will take place as part of the conference with a panel of Social Finance experts in front of the event audience.

The enterprise or entrepreneur must:

  • be ready to trade/currently trading, be constituted under one of the 9 legal structures,
  • demonstrate a passion for the product and service and, most importantly, see the market
  • opportunity and explain who is going to buy the product or service!
  • illustrate what the money will be used for,
  • demonstrate how they will measure journey and product/service delivery.

The winning pitch will be awarded a £500 award grant and a Social Finance Mentor for the year*

If you are interested in applying to pitch and want to find out more please email info@socialenterprisewm.org.uk by the 24th September 2015!

Download the Pitcher’s Platform flyer 
* Terms and conditions of mentoring do apply. Mentoring agreement to be decided between the mentoring organisation and mentee.

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SEWM- Social Finance Fair – 1st Oct 2015

Just a quick note to say SEWM’s Social Finance Fair is fast approaching so if you haven’t booked yet then maybe now is the time.

Key speakers include:

  • Nick Temple – Social Enterprise UK and Chair of the Social Investment Forum
  • Melanie Mills – Big Society Capital – Social Sector Engagement Director
  • Kieron Boyle – The Cabinet Office – Head of Social Investment
  • Seb Elsworth – The Foundation for Social Investment – Chief Executive

As well as hearing from these key speakers, there are a series of master classes and a a host of exhibitors including:

 

Aston Reinvestment Trust |Big Lottery Fund | Big Society Capital |Black Country Reinvestment Society |Blue Sky Corporate Finance | CAF Venturesome | Charity Bank |Cogent Ventures | Crowdpatch | FSE Group CIC | Harris Accountancy | Locality | PwC | Resonance | Social Investment Business | SSE Midlands | The Key Fund | Triodos Bank | Unity Trust Bank

The event is being held at Birmingham Voluntary Service Council’s Conference Centre, just a few minutes away from New Street station (which as some of you will know is now called Grand Central) which opened yesterday (20th September 2015) after a five year £600m re-vamp, so perhaps worth a visit too!

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