For the sixth year Plymouth will hold its week long social enterprise festival from Monday 14th November.
Organised by the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN), the festival coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week and this year focuses on the future of social enterprise in the city. The series of events takes place during the week of the 14th to 18th November will also celebrate the passion and inspiration behind social entrepreneurs in the city.
PSEN members and partners will host various events throughout the week. The festival kicks off with an event on the ‘circular economy’ – encouraging reusing, regenerating and recycling of products to reduce waste – on Monday 14th.
That evening Iridescent Ideas CIC hosts an online event looking at the future of technology. Other events held by Iridescent Ideas during the week include their popular ‘Social Enterprise Chat’ business advice sessions and an event looking at proving the difference social enterprises make on 18th November.
A discussion by Plymouth Energy Community about how community shares can provide social enterprises a unique way to raise money will take place on 15th November.
There is an opportunity to catch up on PSEN’s international social enterprise education project at an active networking event called ‘Brexit and Beyond’ on the 18th November. This features speakers from European social enterprises and Angela Ruskin University politics expert, Luke Cooper, who will speak on the future of European co-operation.
During the week, Plymouth will host a study group from Skellefteå, Sweden who are coming to find out more about social enterprise in the city. The group, who either run, or are setting up social enterprises in Sweden, will be attending many of the festival events.
Other events include sessions focusing on finance for arts and youth and the launch of year three of Thrive Plymouth, a movement for a healthier Plymouth. Plymouth Scrap Store on Union Street is welcoming new members through the week.
Plymouth Social Enterprise Network Chair Gareth Hart said:
“The sixth annual Social Enterprise City Festival in Plymouth is a watershed moment.
We need to look to the future and find out what kind of city we want to be.
Throughout the week we will discuss the future of social enterprise, celebrate our members: the work they do and the positive impact they have.
I encourage you to attend as many events as you can, ask questions, enjoy the festival and find out more about why Plymouth is the world’s best Social Enterprise City.”
This year the festival has been made possible by lead sponsor Plymouth City Council. Other key sponsors are City College Plymouth, Livewell Southwest, PFK Francis Clark and Devon and DCH.
Further details of all events and booking information can be found at www.socentcity.com.