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Welcome to the Annual Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival 2021- Local Action:Global Goals

This is the events and update page for the exciting city wide festival happening this November

Every year we support and enable social purpose businesses to open their doors, share their knowledge, make new connections and strengthen the sector together. This is our 12th year of running the festival, after taking it online last year due to the lockdown we are coming back with a bigger, better and more inclusive event for 2021. We want to really highlight the incredible social enterprise economy right here in Plymouth, and to create opportunities for skill sharing, inspiring, learning, socialising, connecting and profile raising. Read more about the festival in this article from the Chronicle.
 
 

We are in the Decade of Action to rise to the challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and we know that all businesses need to work together to create the future we all deserve. This two week event will take a look at the Sustainable Development Goals and work out how we can all take Local Action for the Global Goals.

The festival will run for two weeks from 15th November to 26th November, showcasing the sustainable development goals and picking up themes and discussions from the COP26 to make ‘doing better’ a whole lot easier for us all. We will upload events as they roll in, if they don’t have a booking link then keep your eyes peeled! If you’d like to get involved you can Add your event ideas here and we’ll be in touch very soon to confirm with you.

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. We need YOU to help make it happen though – #DoingBusinessDifferently

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 15th
11am – 1pm

Join us to launch this year’s Social Enterprise City Festival!

Join PSEN for the official launch event, where we will set the scene for the festival. We will be joined by Jessica Lobo of the UN Global Compact Network UK, who will provide an introduction to the UN SDGs and why it is important for businesses to take action on these global goals.

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Monday 15th
12.30 – 2pm

SW Women in Business

Join local Social enterprise SW women in business for their monthly meet up. They’re going to take a special look at social enterprise for this session, join them and their panel to meet some amazing female entrepreneurs and talk business, community, and building the future you want.

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Monday 15th
1pm – 3pm

[START]social: What is social enterprise?

A Social Enterprise is a business with a good cause – exactly what the world needs more of right now! Join Gareth Hart, Director of Iridescent Ideas CIC, as he shares his 25 years of knowledge and experience of this thriving sector. Find out all you need to know about doing business differently in order to make a difference in your community.

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Monday 15th
2 – 4pm

Social Media time management

This workshop from Outset will help you learn which social media platforms are right for you, how to batch content to save time and all the tools you need to make your life easier!

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Monday 15th
TBC

Launch of The Illuminate Festival

Illuminate returns for 2021 bringing magical light art and immersive digital installations from 15 to 28 November.

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Tuesday 16th
3.30 – 4.30pm

Understanding Wellbeing and How we can help

One You NHS professionals are here to support your wellbeing. In this session One You Plymouth will talk to you about all of their services with you from Wellbeing at Work to smoke free and move more, encouraging you to take those first steps towards positive change.

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Tuesday 16th
1-2.15pm

Pioneer Parks

Join us for a Picnic in the Virtual Park to hear from people in Plymouth and across the country who are pushing the boundaries of community autonomy, power and ownership in parks. Bring your lunch and your own opinions to this fun and interactive session.

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Tuesday 16th
11- 1pm

Exploring Digital Inclusion

Understand the issues around digital inclusion and skills we need for work and to be citizens. Develop your thoughts on inclusive services and how your services are designed. Gain understandings of ways to use Microsoft 365 to improve accessibility for your customers, citizens and staff.

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Tuesday 16th
5 – 7pm

[START]social Vision Mission Values

Join the School for Social Entrepreneurs for a interactive Workshop looking at how and where your vision, mission, values fit in to running a business.

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Wednesday 17th
8 – 9.30am

New Skills for a Nature City

A breakfast meeting bringing together employers and educators to talk about how we promote engaging and interesting jobs for young people in the green sector. How do we attract young people and provide them with the right training and skills to work in this burgeoning and exciting sector.

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Wednesday 17th
11 – 2pm

STARTsocial: Surgeries

Join Iridescent ideas for a 1-1 surgery taking a look at your idea for a social enterprise and how you can join the movement for a kinder, fairer, greener city.

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Wednesday 17th
12 – 1pm

Crowdfunding your impact

Join the iMayflower team for this workshop on what you need to create a successful crowdfunder and why it could be the right choice for you.

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Wednesday 17th
2 – 3.30pm

Create your own practical Sustainability Action Plan

SDG Monitor will organize a 1 hour online webinar about drawing a hands-on Sustainability Action Plan where we will also show our cloud-based tool, SDG Monitor that creates the SDG integration.  You will leave the workshop with some concrete tools for creating a Sustainability Plan for your business. This webinar will have an artistic dimension given by the Founder and Management Consultant Tuuli Bell. In this 15 minute session you will get a creative approach to the SDGs and the future of work

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Wednesday 17th
10-1pm

Time Management for Entrepreneurs

The aim of this workshop is to take a look at ways in which we waste time by being inefficient and work on practical solutions to improve your time management and overall effectiveness.

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Wednesday 17th
12 – 3pm

Open Art Surgery at RAAY

Open Art Surgery at RAAY is an informal drop-in session about running a small social enterprise. RAAY directors Nic and Matt will be on hand to chat about the joys and challenges of setting up a small social enterprise in a listed building in the heart of Stonehouse. We encourage anyone thinking about starting up to come along, as well as anyone already running a business who’d like to swap stories over a cup of tea.

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Wednesday 17th
5-6pm

Stepping up as a Sustainable Food Place: #BestFoodForward for Plymouth

Join Food Plymouth for an interactive session exploring positive actions we can take as individuals, enterprises and institutions to put the city’s #BestFoodForward – all part of an exciting new campaign building a good food movement for everyone in Plymouth.

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Wednesday 17th
5.30 – 7.30pm

Millfields Trust AGM

Join the Millfields Trust team to reflect on the work they’ve done in the last 12 months. The only social enterprise landlords in the city they have supported businesses throughout lockdown and helped create opportunities

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Thursday 18th
10-11.30am

Launch of Phase 1 of the report ‘Co-operative options for Food Aid providers in Plymouth’

Join Plymouth City Council and Co-operatives Futures as they launch this important piece of research and talk about the next steps to a food equality in Plymouth.

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Thursday 18th
10-12pm

[START]social Meet the Entrepreneurs

If you’ve been thinking about starting your own social enterprise then take this chance to join the School for Social Entrepreneurs as they gather some inspiring entrepreneurs already doing the do. You’ll have a chance to hear their stories and ask questions about how, why and when!

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Thursday 18th
10 – 1pm

Believing in yourself

This workshop covers the mindset barriers faced in business, explores what Imposter Syndrome is and how it can manifest in different ways. This is a practical and interactive session where you will learn a range of constructive techniques to improve your overall confidence and self belief whilst starting your new business

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Thursday 18th
10 – 1pm

Learn and Launch – design your own website

Taking your own imagery and building your own website can save you a lot of money in the start up phase of your business, but it can feel overwhelming knowing where to begin. We demystify this entire process in this workshop and give you the tools to quickly, easily and cheaply do it yourself!

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Thursday 18th
2.30 – 4pm

How to get started with LinkedIn

Join this session to get started with LinkedIn and find out how you can use it to support you and your business. This session is for beginners

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Thursday 18th
5.30 – 7pm

The Upcycled Glass Company: Sustainable Design

Join Ian Hankey in this Smart Citizens Sustainable Design Talk as he discusses his new community interest start up, the Upcycled Glass Company, based in South Devon. During this talk Ian will discuss how he aims to tackle the huge problem of what to do with end of life window glass, as well as the waste glass that goes to landfill from studio glass companies.

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Friday 19th
2.30 – 4pm

Build your digital presence using LinkedIn

Are you already using LinkedIn but not sure you’re making the most of it? Join this workshop to find out what you need to do to make the platform support your business better.

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Friday 19th
6-9pm

Roots Up Hip Hop Festival

Roots Up! is the perfect opportunity to uplift our spirits and reconnect again. It will showcase professional and emerging artists encompassing Hip Hop elements: rap, djing, beatboxing, and dancing, to name just a few. There will also be singing, poetry, and a chance to join in our mass dance to our very own Street Factory song!

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Monday 22nd
5pm – 7pm

Moths to a Flame installation and exhibition

Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) & Art & Energy brought thousands of messages of hope to Glasgow for the UN climate conference (COP26) as part of the mass participation art installation, Moths To A Flame. The 20,000 handmade moths are now back in Plymouth, beautifully displayed for all to see. You are invited to join PEC to hear their heartfelt and inspirational journey, from Plymouth, all over the UK, to Glasgow and back again. They’ll be sharing what the future holds for the PEC family. Everyone is welcome to join the livestream at 17.30pm.
(Due to number restrictions, the in-person event is invite only).

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Monday 22nd
10-11am

Women’s Leadership Network

The Social Enterprise Mark CIC women’s leadership network brings together social enterprise women from across the world to address the gap in support for women leaders. In this virtual meeting, we will be joined by Kresse Wresling of Elvis & Kresse, who will talk about her journey as a female social enterprise leader. They are opening this meeting up to a wider audience for the Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival. Please contact us if you would like to attend.

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Tuesday 23rd
11 – 1pm

Come and Meet the Sustainability hub team

The Sustainability Hub is a place where businesses, social enterprises and community groups can mix with researchers and students to exchange knowledge, collaborate and form partnerships around sustainability goals. The Sustainability Hub : Low Carbon Devon project is currently supporting Devon-based SMEs to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda. Come and have a tour while you chat to the team

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Tuesday 23rd
2 – 3.30pm

SDG’s – What do they mean to you

Join Knowledge Exchange specialist Emily Barret for this open conversation about the SDG’s and what they mean to you as a person and a business.Talk to others about how they are using the goals and make a plan for how you can engage with them

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Tuesday 23rd
2 – 4pm

The Difference we make

A workshop to further improve your understanding of social impact themes. We’ll explore the pros & cons of different impact methodologies, the art of asking the right questions and how you can turn your data into great campaigning materials.

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Wednesday 24th
10 – 12pm

STARTsocial: Register your business

Join the Iridescent ideas team for this workshop on how to register your social enterprise. Untangle the lingo, file the paperwork and get started on your business journey.

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Wednesday 24th
10 – 11.30

Women’s business networking event

Following on from last years very successful women’s networking event we will rejoin the Social Enterprise Mark and Millfields Trust teams to hear from inspiring female entrepreneurs and get to know some amazing women in the city.

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Wednesday 24th
10-12pm

Digital Marketing Trends for Social Enterprises in 2022

Find out what is on the horizon in the world of Digital Marketing, what’s new and what is on its way out. We will explore new ideas and concepts, leaving you motivated to refresh your 2022 digital marketing plans and remain one step ahead.

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Wednesday 24th
2.30 – 4pm

Find your mentor

Social enterprise leaders need support. You’re the one making important decisions about marketing and hiring staff, creating strategy and trying to grow your organisation, and it’s not always easy. If you’ve ever wished you had someone with significant business experience to discuss ideas with, you need a mentor. But what can they bring to the table? Join Expert Impact to hear from some of them – and the mentees who’ve benefited from their advice – to find out how they create greater social impact together

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Thursday 25th
1 – 3pm

How to market what matters

As an ethical business, impact is at the heart of what you do, but it’s often not at the FRONT. This workshop with communication specialists Jess Holliland and Louise Manico will take you through the core things to make sure your impact and your messaging are aligned as well as some top tips on how to get that message out there

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Thursday 25th
4.00 – 6pm

Inspire Ambition: Sustainable Development Goals – Local Action for Global Change

With less than 10 years left, we are firmly in the Decade of Action to work towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. How can we ensure all the 17 global goals are met and rooted in local action? With a focus on goal 13 – Climate Action, join guest speakers and panellists to explore what the goals are, how you can take action on them, what’s happening on the ground and how we can transition into the New Year with awareness, optimism and action.

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Thursday 25th
4-5.30pm

Young Changemakers

This session is for young changemakers to come and talk to social entrepreneurs and each other about HOW they can work towards a future they deserve. Bring your ideas for advice, bring your frustrations for sharing and your questions to get answers!

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26th November
4.30 – 6pm

Closing Celebration

Join event hosts, sponsors, board members and supporters as we celebrate a successful fortnight full of collaboration, fun, learning and impact. We’ll raise our glasses to social enterprise, enjoy a few nibbles and celebrate all of our achievements!

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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 festival@plymsocent.org.uk

With thanks to our sponsors who make the festival possible –

HEADLINE SPONSOR:

Gold Sponsors

Livewell southwest sponsors of the Social Enterprise Festival
Livewell southwest sponsors of the Social Enterprise Festival

With thanks

Silver Sponsors

With thanks

Bronze Sponsors

With thanks

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network
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