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Welcome to the Annual Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival 2020

PSEN is excited to be hosting our annual festival this year!

The festival will run from the 16th to 21st November and will be a blend of online and face to face events, in line with the guidelines at the time. We have a huge range of events from purpose led organisations across the city and PSEN themselves so take some time to look through all of the listings.

The theme for this year’s Social Enterprise City Festival is Educating the economy and follows on from our discussions about youth action for the climate in last years festival. And builds on the conversations started in the fantastic Regenerate Devon and ALTwork events earlier this year that explored a new economy and building back in better ways.

We want to look at the new generation of more socially conscious entrepreneurs and consumers – thinking about how we support them, how we make sure that our impact is clear to them. We also want to look at learning as a whole and how we share our knowledge, what we need to learn more about, and how we convey the knowledge we have in interesting and engaging ways. There is an opportunity to learn in everything we do and knowledge sharing is an easy way to work towards the new, more caring economy that we all crave.

Please be aware that by signing up for any event, you agree to:
* Photos being taken during the event with you in it, these images may be used for the organizer and PSEN promotional and evaluation purposes.
* Being added to a mailing list to be kept informed about future PSEN activities.

 

Monday 16th
9.30am – 10.45am

Join us to launch this year’s Social Enterprise City Festival and be the first in the city to find out about the Social Enterprise Strategy for Plymouth.

Find out what amazing events will be running through the week, hear how we plan to work with partners to make sure that Plymouth maintains it’s reputation as the most socially minded business community in the UK. We’d usually welcome you with pastries and hot coffee but thanks for safety precautions for Covid-19 you’ll need to bring your own breakfast!

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Monday 16th
11am – 1pm

No Health, No Economy: the role of social enterprise in delivering health and prosperity

Since COVID-19 it has become clear that there is no economy without effective public health. Iridescent Ideas CIC is convening a seminar to explore the impact of the policy gap between public health and the economy. What can be done to align better at national, regional and local level? We believe social enterprises are leading the way.

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Monday 16th
4pm- 5pm

Community Business – What is it and why is it a good thing?

Join The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington to find out more about what it means to be a ‘Community Business’ – how it’s different to other business models, why it’s a good thing for your local area and how they can help support your community business to grow in these difficult times.

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Tuesday 17th
11.30am – 1.30pm

Ethical Entrepreneurship

In this session business experts and next generation entrepreneurs will examine the ethical responsibilities of entrepreneurs looking at the tensions that can exist between maintaining profit, planet and people.

Book your place by email – spreedy@marjon.ac.uk

 

Tuesday 17th
2pm – 4pm

Social Impact reporting done right

join Iridescent Ideas for their renowned online workshop on key principles of social impact and learn some tricks, tips and techniques to help you prove the difference you make more effectively. You’ll walk away from this session with a draft social impact report!

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Tuesday 17th
3pm- 4pm

Now is your time. Inspiring ideas in Youth-led Social Action

Meet the young social entrepreneurs, trustees, and change makers creating positive impact where they live. Hear about the work they do and be inspired by the journeys they have taken.  This event is for young people who are interested in solving problems and creating positive change in their community, whether that is developing a socially motivated business or cooperative, leading a creative social action project or becoming more involved with an existing organisation.

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Tuesday 17th
5pm – 6.30pm

Mission Possible: Art and Enterprise for a Zero Carbon World

The climate emergency needs action now! Can art be a catalyst for inspiring that action? Find out the latest from Plymouth Energy Community and how they are using art to empower the community to create a fair and affordable zero carbon energy system with local people at its heart. Discover how you could benefit from the University of Plymouth’s Low Carbon Devon project which provides practical support to enterprises, including an internship programme offering fully funded placements.

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Tuesday 17th
7pm – 9pm

The Annual PSEN ‘Pub Quiz’

You don’t need to know much about Social Enterprise but you do need to love a quiz. There will be a cash prize (delivered digitally), no cheating even if google is at your fingertips. There will be a sliding scale of entrance fees with the money being split between the winner and a good cause selected on the night! Bring your own beer, smart casual dress code

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Tuesday 17th -27th
Cafe opening hours

Connecting with Clay- Exhibition

This exhibition held at Ocean Studios is a collection of multi-modal texts in clay – an installation of porcelain autobiographies connecting people after lockdown. This collective body of work will be created by schools within the Devon area.

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Wednesday 18th
9.30am – 11am

Navigating the new landscape; how to engage with local schools

Local Plymouth charity Millfields Inspired run a programme entitled Widening Horizons with 7 local primary schools, each year working with approximately 200 children and the business community. Join them for an introdution about how the charity is adapting their work with schools in response to the Covid crisis, followed by Q&A.

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Wednesday 18th
10.30am – 12pm

Social Enterprise Explained

In association with The Cube business facility at Plymouth University, PSEN will lead this session providing an overview and examples of Social Enterprise. You may be wondering what social enterprise really is, simply put – social enterprise is business with a social conscience… but there is more to find out! Join us for more information, case studies of local social enterprises, funding a social enterprise business etc from an expert in Social Enterprise.

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Wednesday 18th
12pm – 2pm

The role of Digital in post-covid business/organisational transformation

The business world needs to relearn the role of digital in a post covid economy. Join Cosmic UK to discuss what that might look like for you, your business, and your customers.

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Wednesday 18th
2pm – 3.30pm

Badging for the new Economy

Does your organisation have volunteering opportunities or work experience for young people? Perhaps you have a youth board, leadership scheme, or put on events to better your community?  ‘Badging for the New Economy’ is a free online workshop offering information on Cities of Learning digital badges, the benefits they provide for both informal learners & informal learning providers, and a how-to guide on getting started.

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Thursday 19th
10am and 6pm

Do you want to see more repairing, make and mending in Plymouth? Find out what we is happening already and how you can get involved.

Join local fixing collective Borrow Don’t Buy, Timebank SW, Plymouth Scrapstore, and Makers HQ to share information about the repairing movement in Plymouth, map repair shops / repairers, and have a virtual cuppa where you can ask them anything.

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Thursday 19th
10am – 12pm

Impact and your audience

We all know that social enterprises have amazing social impacts. We’re used to looking at them for our impact reports and funding applications but in this growing socially conscious economy it can be more use than that. Join us for this session where you’ll have the chance to work out what your main marketable impact is and who you should be communicating it with.

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Thursday 19th
1pm – 2pm

Female entrepreneurs – the barriers faced and how we can overcome this.
 
An interactive workshop from the Outset cic AWE team, looking at the current scene for female entrepreneurs. They will delve into looking at what holds women back from taking the plunge to starting or growing a business, such as the commonly experienced imposter syndrome and will  share thoughts on how we can overcome these barriers and be inspired by the wider female entrepreneur community.

Email jess@plymsocent.org.uk to book

Thursday 19th
2pm – 3.30pm

Creating engaging films to promote your social enterprise

In this physically distanced world it is increasingly important to be seen online and that can be challenging. Join professional film makers Viewhear cic to get some top tips and support on how you can make a big impact on a small budget. Learn what you need to consider before you start filming, what factors make your video pop on screen and how to make the most of the resources you have available. Places are very limited to allow 1-1 time and support from the team so please book early

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Thursday 19th
5pm – 6.30pm

Supporting Young People with Current Challenges

This is a workshop exploring how social enterprise is stepping up and helping young people to become the workforce of the future. It’s a blended event – join us at Ocean Studios or online.

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Friday 20th
10am – 12pm

Writing for different audiences

Communicating with our audiences is essential for good business, understanding how to communicate with the different audiences and stakeholders is a skill set that might not come naturally. Join PR experts Manico PR for this workshop to look at how to get your message across in the best way possible.

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Friday 20th
1pm – 4pm

Doing data better in social enterprises

The Data Place are offering free data consultations to local social enterprises. Whether you have questions about GDPR compliance, making your data more reliable, using open datasets to help with marketing or targeting your social impact, using databases or publishing your own data, we have friendly and practical expertise to help you.

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Friday 20th
7pm – 9pm

Nudge Bingo!

For Social Enterprise city festival join Hannah and Laura live from the Greenhouse for a tropical bingo extravaganza. Guaranteed laughs and prizes!
£5 per ticket

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Saturday 14th (yes we know it’s before but it’s too good not to include!)
10am – 3pm

Native Makers Market

A mini market with local social enterprises and ethical makers from across the South West held in the cafe at Ocean Studios in Plymouth

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This festival is possible because of the hard work and generosity of the sector. We would like to offer our thanks to the amazing organisations that sponsored the festival this year. Do take a moment to click and see what impact they are having and how you can get involved!

If you’re interested in find out more about sponsoring events with us then email hello@plymsocent.org.uk

With thanks to our sponsors who make the festival possible –

Livewell southwest sponsors of the Social Enterprise Festival
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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.

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