Our application to become a social enterprise city highlighted our aspiration to make Plymouth a place where social enterprise transforms the economy for the benefit of all. There are lots of ways in which you can contribute to this aspiration and make Social Enterprise City work for you.
Promoting your business
Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll tell others through our newsletter, website, social media and other contacts.
Make sure your web entry is up-to-date with your logo, contact details and text which invites people to buy from you. We’re also working on a new Directory of Social Enterprise and a mobile app to promote Network members. You can log in and edit your entry here.
Get involved with the Buy Social campaign and help to spread the message that individuals and organisations can get more than just economic value when they spend.
Contact us if you would like to:
- Get involved with the annual Festival of Social Enterprise. Last year over 1,000 people attended 20 different events and the festival gained national publicity for the city. This year’s festival plans are starting to take shape.
- Take a column in the Plymouth Herald. PSEN has negotiated a special deal for its members to write a sponsored column every month which provides a platform for news, views and opinions about social enterprise.
- Write something on “What Social Enterprise City means to me” for our forthcoming blog.
Use Social Enterprise City in your press releases and funding applications
Here’s some text you can use or edit:
Plymouth is a hot-spot for social enterprise activity in the UK and is developing as a global ‘social enterprise city’. We have one of the most active social enterprise networks in the country and Plymouth University is the world’s first officially certified ‘social enterprise’ university.
There are around 150 social enterprises in the city working in a wide range of sectors including in education, health, arts, environment, food, finance, housing, business support, sport, social care and many more.
Collectively these businesses employ around 7,000 people and bring in an income of over £500 million. There are mega-social enterprises such as the University, Plymouth Community Homes and Plymouth Community Healthcare but there is also a burgeoning economy of smaller businesses – 1 in 3 turnover under £50,000. The median turnover is around £100,000.
Team up with other social enterprises
Let us know if you’d like to develop a sector or themed group within the network and we’ll try to make it happen.
Take advantage of social enterprise-specific business support
There is a range of business support programmes aimed at social enterprises in Plymouth:
- The Social Enterprise Investment Fund offers grants and loans for social enterprises to develop and scale.
- Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs has launched a specific Plymouth programme backed by Lloyds TSB.
- UnLtd have partnered with HEFCE and the University to invest in students and staff with new business ideas.
There are also plenty of network members who provide services to help develop your business.