Flax Trust Announce £2000 Funding Available for New TRANSFORM Development Programme

Flax Trust Announce £2000 Funding Available for New TRANSFORM Development Programme

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Introducing the new ‘TRANSFORM’ Social Enterprise Development Programme offering the award of an Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise and the designation ‘Flax Trust Fellow’

Pioneering a New Delivery Model for Social Enterprise Development

 £2000 FLAX TRUST FELLOWSHIPS ANNOUNCED – APPLY NOW

We are delighted to announce that enhanced Flax Trust Fellowships up to the value of £2000 are being provided to support the launch of the new TRANSFORM Social Enterprise Development Programme leading to the award of the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise. The Advanced Diploma is fully accredited by Ulster University.

Applications are welcomed from those directly involved in social or community enterprise activities or from those involved in providing support for social enterprise development.

This programme is aimed at individuals in existing community organisations, social enterprises and charities who are trying to diversify their income streams and those who have an idea for starting or growing a social enterprise. It has undergone extensive remodelling to reflect the changing needs and emerging trends within the social economy sector as well as recognising the key drivers for social enterprise development.

The total programme fee is £2250 and will include:

Ten Sessions delivered over 8 months (for full content click here)
Study Visits and Social Enterprise Masterclasses
Guest Lectures from Business Leaders and Social Innovators
Full accreditation by the Ulster University Business School

If you have any queries about the content of the programme, contact Steve Pollard at Ulster University Business School sf.pollard@ulster.ac.uk or Bill Manson bill.manson@podiem.com  at SSEI operations partner Podiem

APPLICATION FORM – Available at http://www.ssei.tv/advanced-diploma/

You only need to complete one application form to apply for both the Flax Trust Fellowship and for the programme itself.

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The 2017 Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise Cohort  Summer Graduation 2018

 

 

Brian Tannerhill MBE Inspires Social Entrepreneurs in Ballymena

Brian Tannerhill MBE Inspires Social Entrepreneurs in Ballymena

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Dream, Engage Trusted Friends and Have a Plan…… Brian Tannerhill MBE Inspires Social Entrepreneurs in Ballymena

Almost 50 local social entrpreneurs were at The Braid, Ballymena on Friday 24th November to hear from Brian Tannerhill MBE, one of the most successful social entrepreneurs in the UK. The event, which explored the concept and potential of ‘community-owned business’, was created by the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland (SSEI) and hosted by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

Mr Tannerhill, who founded McSence, an award-winning community-owned business which created employment and regeneration in Mayfield near Edinburgh, shared how he and his team were able to grow the McSence group to 6 working social enterprises with a total turnover of £1million and profits in excess of £200,000. By the time of his retirement the group had been named UK Social Enterprise of the Year, held assets of £10 million, employed some 300 people and returned countless millions to the community in the form of wages.

Within his address, Brian outlined a step-by-step guide to starting a modern growing social enterprise. His suggested process included Dreaming, Engaging Trusted Associates to form a Steering Group, create a Community Plan and the pursuit of added-value diversification.

Also speaking at the event was Ballymena’s own Billy Millar, Treasurer of Slemish n tha Braid Credit Union, who has played a pivotal role in its continued growth and success. The achievements of the Credit Union were formally recognised recently when it won ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ at the Ballymena Chamber of Commerce Awards. Within his presentation, Billy shared the story of how the ongoing renovation of the Raglan Building is aiming to mirror the McSence model and have a similarly positive and regenerative impact on the local community.

The event was opened by Deputy Mayor Cllr Cheryl Johnson who explained “Social Enterprise plays a vital role in our society and in Mid and East Antrim in particular. One of Council’s priorities is building stronger, safe and healthy communities. We believe that work carried out by groups such as Raglan’s will really help to encourage and reinforce these efforts.”

The masterclass hosted as part of the event by Professor Ken O’Neill from the SSEI and supported by The Flax Trust, the Raglan Community Development Renovation Society and the Ulster University, received outstanding feedback. Support created by the SSSEI attracted a full house at The Braid Studio in Ballymena.

 

Apply now for 2018 £1000 Diploma Bursary

Apply now for 2018 £1000 Diploma Bursary

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Are you interested in social innovation? Could a social enterprise development programme be for you?

The Flax Trust has announced that it will offer a number of £1000 bursaries for its 2018 social enterprise business planning programme leading to the award of the Advanced Diploma in Social Enterprise – Ireland’s leading qualification in social enterprise development.

The programme includes

  • Six 2-day Modules over a 12 month period
  • Six ½ Day Peer Learning Groups
  • Study Visits & Social Enterprise Masterclasses
  • Guest Lectures from Business Leaders and Social Innovators
  • Full accreditation by the Ulster Business School, Ulster University, Jordanstown

For more information and to download an application form click here.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Christine Edgar Wins Podiem Prize

Christine Edgar Wins Podiem Prize

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At a recent Pre-Graduation Reception, Podiem Director Bill Manson was delighted to present Christine Edgar with the Podiem Prize for outstanding performance throughout the 2016 Advance Diploma in Social Enterprise “Christine has travelled along a demanding learning journey from very cautious beginnings to become very aware of her strengths and abilities. This awareness is very evident in a grounded self-confidence in her ability to build strong relationships.” he went on to add “her approach to and attitude throughout the Advanced Diploma was exemplary and with her new knowledge and skills she will make a real impact in social enterprise” Christine responded by saying

“A great deal of my inspiration, understanding and learning came from my peers. I have gained connections and friends that will be with me for a very long time. It was beneficial to see how others think and approach community work and fantastic to hear their innovations and ideas for the future. I wish to commend all who were involved in the teaching and delivering of this programme as well as The Flax Trust for the very essential support to make it possible for me to participate”

Christine is pictured  beside Sr Mary Turley from the Flax Trust above.

Business With Purpose: Management Month and Series Synopsis Event

Business With Purpose: Management Month and Series Synopsis Event

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The ‘Social Enterprise Means Business With Purpose’ Masterclass Series will conclude with a synopsis event in Derry~Londonderry in February as part of the Management Month initiative

Title: Business With Purpose: Synopsis Event
Date: Wednesday 10th February 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm (lunch included)
Venue: North Western Social Enterprise Hub, 12-14 The Diamond, Derry, BT48 6HW
Cost: Free to Attend
Booking & Information: Email socialeconomy@podiem.com or call 028 9076 1030 to reserve your place. Download the event flyer by clicking Business With Purpose – LDerry Masterclass – 10th Feb
Speakers: John McGowan (The Nerve Centre and Enterprise NW), Aongus O’Keeffe (Inspiring Impact) and Professor Ken O’Neill (SSEI)

John McGowan
Having recently completed his term as Chair, John continues to sit on the Board of The Nerve Centre which has grown to become an international brand and the leading Creative Media Arts Centre in NI. As a Social Enterprise, it employs over 50 people full time and operates throughout NI. John is also Group Chief Executive of Enterprise North West, the local enterprise centre for the Derry City area. Under his leadership ENW has shown steady growth and in 2006 opened a second office based in China, John is also responsible for the 55,000 sq. ft. North West Business Complex. He is a successful entrepreneur in his own right with a separate language school business, North West Academy of English, which employs 10 people full-time. Drawing on this breadth of experience John will share his own insights on balancing commercial/social aims and scaling up a business.

Aongus O’Keeffe
Aongus O’Keeffe is the Programme Leader for Inspiring Impact Northern Ireland, a programme developed to support VCSE organisations and their funders to put impact at the heart of their work. It is an initiative of the Building Change Trust and part of a UK wide programme which has a long term vision to transform practice across the sector and among funders. Prior to this Aongus worked for the Irish Football Association and before that as a Programme Manager on one of Trocaire’s West Africa country programmes. Aongus will share his experiences and insights on the topic of social impact.

Professor Ken O’Neill
Ken is Chair of the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland and was the first person to be awarded The Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. His most recent book ‘Understanding Enterprise’ (co-authored with Simon Bridge) was recently shortlisted for CMI’s Business Book of the Year. Ken will chair the event and offer his own reflections on social impact, scalability and balancing commercial and social goals.

 

 

Scalability

Scalability

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The ‘Social Enterprise Means Business With Purpose’ Masterclass Series concluded in November with a breakfast session exploring ‘Scalability’.

Those who attended the event may request the event slides by clicking here and they will be emailed in due course

Date: Friday 20th November 2015
Time: 8.00am – 10.00am (light breakfast included)
Venue: Malone Lodge Hotel, 60 Eglantine Ave, Belfast BT9 6DY
Cost: Free to Attend
Booking & Information: Email socialeconomy@podiem.com or call 028 9076 1030
Speakers: June O’Sullivan MBE (CEO of LEYF), John McMullan OBE (CEO of Bryson Group), Paul Roberts (CEO of Ashton Group) and Prof Ken O’Neill (Chair of SSEI).

Dr June O’Sullivan MBE
June is Chief Executive of the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), which runs 33 nurseries across eight London boroughs. An inspiring speaker, author and regular commentator on Social Business, June has been instrumental in achieving a major strategic and cultural shift for the award winning London Early Years Foundation, resulting in increased profile and profitability over the past eight years. As CEO of the UK’s leading childcare charity and social enterprise since 2006, June continues to break new ground in the development of LEYF’s scalable social business model. June was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2013, for her services to London’s children. She was awarded the Social Enterprise UK Women’s Champion Award in November 2014 and in February 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex. June will share the LEYF story and her own insights and experiences of scaling a business.

John McMullan OBE
John is Chief Executive of the Bryson Charitable Group which is Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprise  tackling major social and economic challenges. The group consists of 7 social business units, operates out of 34 locations, employs over 600 staff and delivers on average over 23,000 services per day to families and individuals.John was acknowledged as the Northern Ireland and subsequently the UK Social Enterprise Leader of the Year in 2011.

Paul Roberts
Paul is Chief Executive of Ashton Community Trust, a community based charity working on regeneration through social enterprise. Ashton was set up in 1988 through a share drive by local people. The original centre is owned by 450 shareholders from the local community and the organisation now owns five other Centres. Ashton currently employs over 170 people in some of the most deprived wards in Northern Ireland. The group delivers a wide range of services including: childcare, health, education, training, Fablab and economic development and is recognised as one of the leading social enterprises in Northern Ireland. It won Social Enterprise of the Year in 2013.

Professor Ken O’Neill
Ken is Chair of the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland and has served as President of the International Council for Small Business, Board member of the UK’s CBI SME Council, and Chairman of Young Enterprise in NI. He was the first person to be awarded The Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion and his most recent book ‘Understanding Enterprise’ (co-authored with Simon Bridge) was recently shortlisted for CMI’s Business Book of the Year. Ken will chair the event and share his own thinking on scaling a social enterprise.

 

 

Commercial v Social Aims

Commercial v Social Aims

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Click here to download Adrian Bird’s support slides

Click here to download David Floyd’s slides

The ‘Social Enterprise Means Business With Purpose’ Masterclass Series continued in October with a session entitled ‘Commercial v Social Aims: Striking The Balance’.

Date: Friday 9th October 2015
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm (Lunch included)
Venue: The Yarn Suite, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA
Cost: Free to Attend
More Information: Click here to download the event flyer which contains full details
Booking: N/A
Speakers: See below

David Floyd
Managing Director, The Social Spider
David was one of the Founders of Social Spider in 2003. He supports, researches and writes about social enterprise and social innovation, specialising in social enterprise development and social investment. He has written for The Guardian, The Young Foundation and The Pioneers Post and has lectured on social enterprise at Goldsmiths College, Middlesex University and University of the West of England. David is a Non-Executive Director of Significant Seams CIC, a social enterprise which nurtures self-confidence and community, through textile crafts and traditions. Based in London, he is also a Non-Executive Director of Inpress, the sales and marketing agency for independent publishers in the UK and a member of the Governing Council of Social Enterprise UK. Drawing upon his own research and work in this field David will explore the ‘Commercial v Social Balance’.

Adrian Bird
Director, The Resurgam Trust
As Trust Director of The Resurgam Community Development Trust, Adrian oversees the operations of six companies which comprise a total of ten trading, community-based social enterprises. These include an Enterprise Centre, a Community Gym, a Public House / Off-Sales, a Self-Build Company, a Credit Union, a Contract Services Provider, a Taxi Company, a Thrift Shop, a Property Management Company and a Business Services Provider. Adrian has worked in regeneration for some 20 years, chairing both South Eastern Social Investment Fund and Early Intervention Lisburn steering groups. Reflecting on his own experiences he will offer his insight into how to achieve the right ‘Social v Financial’ balance.

Professor Ken O’Neill
Chair, School for Social Enterprises in Ireland
Ken has served as President of the International Council for Small Business, Board member of the UK’s CBI SME Council, and Chairman of Young Enterprise in NI. He was the first person to be awarded The Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion and his most recent book ‘Understanding Enterprise’ (co-authored with Simon Bridge) was recently shortlisted for CMI’s Business Book of the Year. Ken will chair the event and share his own thinking on the ‘social’ and ‘enterprise’ balance.