Welcome to the 10th Annual Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival.
PSEN recognises that there is a need for dedicated and drastic changes to the way we run our societies if we are to repair the negative trajectory of earth’s resources and our own sustainability. This year’s festival is a step towards acknowldging this and encouraging change in a public forum, please do join us for this week long event where we will advocate for positive change and celebrate the inclusive way of doing business that is Social Enterprise.
You can read our declaration here. As a part of our pledges we have curated a toolkit for businesses who would like to learn more about declaring their own climate emergency. Below you will find a full listing of all the events included in the festival and booking links, if you would like any additional information please contact the organisers directly.
Please be aware that by signing up for any event, you agree to:
2pm – 6pm
Open Day. Community photographic studios Plympton would like to invite you to Pop along, enjoy and coffee cake and chat photography with them. They will have two activities running for your to try – try out the product table and take some portraits on the photography cove.
Join PSEN for the official launch event of the Social Enterprise City Festival. enjoy a locally sourced breakfast and help us celebrate our 10th anniversary and be the first to see the new sector report for our city.
9am – 6pm
Free Business advice. The Enhance Social Enterprise team will be in the walkway of Drakes Circus all day, come and find out about all the Fully funded business support for your social enterprise or business from the Enhance programme.
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Join Iridescent Ideas for a live, online panel debate about what social enterprises can do to tackle the climate emergency we all face. Send them your questions and comments live.
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6pm – 8pm
Crowdfunder. Come along to this free workshop with the Crowdfunder team and find out why crowdfunding is the best way to raise awareness, test ideas, build supporters and get your enterprise funded.
3pm – 5pm
Supporting women in enterprise. Join SSE Dartington and the AWE programme at Moments Cafe for an opportunity to hear inspiring stories from women making a difference in Plymouth, to talk about the support and networks that are available locally, and to discuss the thorny issue of whether gender matters anyway. Free. Open to women and men.
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1.30pm – 4.30pm
Workshop. Join POP ideas for a workshop on The Difference we make. 3 hours full of tips, tricks and techniques to help you create great social impact reports!
10am – 11.30am
Celebrating women in Business. Join leading local social enterprises Millfields Trust and Social Enterprise Mark CIC at this special women’s networking event to connect with fellow businesswomen and hear from inspirational female speakers.
Quiz Night. Join PSEN for a follow up to last years runaway success Quiz Night. Come along or a fun evening of testing, tricky, tip of the mind’s tongue questions on social enterprise, general knowledge and science fiction.
£5 a team, teams should be no more than 6. All money raised will go to support environmental organisations in the city.
5pm – 7pm
Celebration. Join the Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise team for a celebration event for the social enterprise community which will include talks on building an inclusive economy and a chance to mingle over mocktails and food from No Whey!
5.30pm – 8.30pm
Power of Creativity. Addressing the climate emergency and transitioning to a zero carbon energy system requires creative, novel solutions. Art and Energy CIC work to inspire and raise hopes through projects that make energy and imagine a better future. Be inspired as artists Chloe Uden and Naomi Wright give you an insight into the power of creativity, show examples of what’s possible and help you unleash your inner artist.
Combined with an update on PEC’s innovative and dynamic work to fight fuel poverty and carbon emissions, this is guaranteed to be a fantastic evening!
2pm – 4pm
PR Workshop. Do people know what you do? If you need to change opinions, inform and educate or simply get the word out, you need to spend some time on PR.
Join Louise from Manico PR for a free workshop to learn how you can use PR to your benefit, including speaking to the press, social media and boosting your reputation.
6pm – 8.30pm
Millfields Trust Community Celebration. If you are interested in finding out what The Millfields Trust do for the area of Stonehouse come along to their AGM. This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments and achievements of the Trust. There will be an inspiring presentation from our tenant Animals Asia, finishing off with the Millfields Sessions folk band entertaining everyone whilst they enjoy the delicious refreshments provided by Good to Go. An interest in local history? Local historian Richard Fisher is exhibiting Stonehouse photos – you may see family members from years gone by! A lovely friendly welcome awaits you, offering a great insight to the Millfields Trust. Wine and soft drinks also available.
10am – 3.30pm
Zero Carbon: How your business can respond to the climate emergency. For the first time PSEN will host a day long conference. In line with our recent pledge to support local businesses to make positive change, we will bring expert keynote speakers to talk about the climate emergency and how businesses can adapt to the changing climate both environmentally and financially. We’ll then enjoy a sustainably sourced lunch from the Real Junk Food Project before heading to your chosen workshop.
7pm – 10pm
Party Time! Join Fotonow to celebrate their 10th birthday at a night to remember!
Mayflower 400 Workshop for Businesses, Small and Micro Businesses. Mayflower 400 Workshops will be facilitated by an experienced trainer to help businesses creatively to identify how they can connect with the programme for the benefit of their organisation.
6.30pm – 9pm
Green enterprises: using technology to feed cities and restore nature. An evening event hosted by RIO where they’ll be looking at technology and growing systems that can help build a more sustainable city.
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Drop in Upcycling Workshop. Join the Scrapstore team to make your own Cards, Gift tags/ Gift bags/ design and print your Wrapping paper. Free to members
Takeover at The Clipper Inn. Pop along to the marketplace of good business. The place to buy that social christmas gift, grab lunch from a CIC passionate about veggies and spaces filled with people doing business with heart.
9am – 5pm
One Planet Living. This special opportunity has been brought to you by PSEN and RIO. This session is Bioregional’s One Planet Living programme first in the South West and there are no plans to repeat it. The Bioregional team will deliver the day long training to a group of no more than 15 people, it will help you develop the skills to integrate their One Planet Living framework into your organisation or project and streamline the process of becoming a more self sustaining and ecologically aware business.
Costs can be offset via the Drake Foundation training fund and the PSEN members bursary,
1.30pm – 3pm
Workshop. Playful on Camera -how to get more visible using the power of online media workshop. A free workshop with industry expert from Stars of Wellbeing – Learn to use your phone to film, edit and publish your key messages using online media. You will need to bring a mobile phone or Tablet.
10am – 12pm
Workshop. This challenging workshop will introduce the science behind persuasion & behavioral change. The interactive session is designed to help a start-up business understand why & how they should seek to persuade their stakeholders more effectively. The attendees will be introduced to powerful frameworks & models that can have practical application. To book please email email@example.com
New Economy Programme continues in Plymouth with The Art of Invitation – exploring creative approaches to engaging communities in the ecological, cultural, and social challenges of our time
7pm – 11pm
In Other Starry Night – In Other Words present to you their Starry Night Ball at Dartmoor Zoo. Bringing you a fantastic night filled with delicious delights, aerial artistes and spectacular speeches in order to fundraise for an early intervention mental health support group for Primary aged children. Pick out your best sparkly shoes and dance away your blues!
10am – 4pm
Social Enterprise Fair. Come along to the Moments Cafe and Memory Hub, the premier Social Enterprise Cafe in the city, to find out more about who your local social enterprises are, what they do and the positive impact they have on the community.
Drop in event
1pm – 7pm
Workshop. Join the Community Photographic Studio team for a networking and smart phone photography free session which will be enjoyed over tea and cake. We want to make visible all the amazing and innovate CIC companies in Plymouth.Lets help out each other through exchanges of skills and knowledge This event is free just bring an open mind and lots of ideas and lets implement them together. In addition to this there will be a workshop session on smartphone photography to help you produce the best possible imagery and content for social media that represents your brand, values and beliefs as a CIC (without breaking the bank) Book Here
9.30am – 1.30pm
Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing. this course from Livewell Southwest is an interactive and practical session to help you to develop your confidence and have a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing, how it can be improved and protected using the Five Ways to Mental Health & Wellbeing, and how and where to get the right support.
With thanks to our sponsors who make the festival possible –
The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.