#07 Social Enterprise Snapshot (04/06/19)

Phew, what happened to May? Did anyone else blink and suddenly it was June? Maybe we were distracted meeting lots of fantastic purpose-led brands who've joined the Club or were caught up in discussions with partners about new offerings for the network.. what ever it was, we don't mind - it's been a fantastic month!

And we are expecting a great month ahead with many opportunities to connect with like-minded people, support interesting initiatives and to grow your business. We've collated some of these for you below to make it easier to find.

Sara and Ruth
Co-Founders of The Good Business Club

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Can The Circular Economy Solve The Climate Crisis?: Join Brighton Circular Economy on June 5 to explore how the circular economy can provide some of the solutions to solve this climate crisis. This is a proactive session with a chance to discuss in small groups what actions we can take as individuals, businesses and governments.

Have a Sneak Peak at Emmaus New Clothes Store: Homeless Charity, Emmaus, are launching a new store in Portslade on June 6 from 6pm - 8.30pm that will be the host for a unique programme of talks, workshops and fashion shows in partnership with lovers of make do and mend. They are also launching a personal styling and shopping service!

Become The Leader Everyone Wants to Work With: A true leader knows how to overcome challenges, build trust & bring out the best in their team. Join School of the Wild and The Brighton Chamber on June 6 for a Campfire Session to explore how to become the leader everyone wants to work with.

New Online Resources for Women in Business: Have you heard about The Thrive Effect’s new, digital platform where female founders can find inspirational interviews, high-quality learning resources, a skills audit tool and a business directory? It's completely free to access.

Global Call for Tech Solutions on Female Empowerment: F-LANE is Europe’s first accelerator with a focus on social ventures that utilise technology to empower women worldwide. Stand a chance to win up to £12K and take part in a 7 week programme in Berlin by applying before June 7 here.

Meaning Spotlight with Anand Giridharadas: Is it realistic to blur business and community? Time Magazine’s editor and author of 'Winners Take All' Anand Giridharadas takes no prisoners with his analysis of social enterprises which he'll be sharing on June 9 at Meaning Conference's new Spotlight event.

Good Business Facebook and LinkedIn Group: Last week we launched an online Members Community on Facebook & LinkedIn! We heard our members wanted to connect with each other & thought it was a great idea - harness the power of your network, right? Join one (or both) group & tap into your growing network.

Embed Charitable Giving into your Business Model: We are excited to be partnering with Work for Good to make it easier for our members to give back. For SMEs who aren't large enough to be considered by a charity & who don't have the resources / skills to manage legal requirements - this is a fantastic offer for you

UnLtd Workshop on Measuring Social Impact: UnLtd are bringing their research team down to Brighton on June 10 for a day of exploring 'The Change You Want to Make with your Social Venture in Brighton & Hove'. They will be looking at Social Impact and Value and helping entrepreneurs to capture these in their own businesses. Make the most of their smart team. Password: EWMEVENTS

Can You Improve Your Health by Doing Arty Things?: For the second year running Brighton is hosting its own contribution to the national Creativity & Well being week from June 10 -16. Curated by local artist and mental health advocate Vikki Parker, a range of easily accessible, participatory arts events & workshops to support your health and well being, will be on offer at a range of venues across the city.

RubyMoon Swimwear Vegan Certified: Did you hear the news? RubyMoon swimwear has been certified vegan alongside being sustainable, durable pieces that empower female entrepreneurs across the globe. Keep on being awesome Jo and the team!

The Rise of Ethical Tech: Tech for Good Brighton are branching our this month to explore wider 'tech for good' themes, including ethical tech, new models of shared ownership and raising social investment. Join them on June 11 to hear about a new cooperative taxi platform for Brighton as well as other pioneering examples of digital co-ops tackling local issues.

East Brighton Photography Exhibition Launch: Local photographer Curtis James' interest in the power imbalance that exists in communities led him back to the place he grew up, Whitehawk. He has been supporting a small group who have curated an exhibition of photography, stories, and sound encapsulating the extraordinary buried in the everyday. The launch is on June 11.

BelongCon Self Love Sessions: The Self Love Sessions is back on the June 12 with the theme: ‘F their standards, just come as you are.’ This is an opportunity to explore the relationship we have with our bodies, say a big ‘no thanks’ to the unrealistic expectations society puts on us, and discover how to be with ourselves just as we are.

Maximising Staff Performance Workshop: Community Works are hosting a session on June 13 tailored to provide managers with top tips on how to effectively develop their workforce to maximise performance. The session will also focus on how to fairly approach staff who are under performing.

Killer Creative Tips on Fundraising: We met with new GBC members, Killer Creative, who are experts when it comes to fundraising for charities and social enterprises. Rob Alcroft, COO, shares some tips on where to focus your energy following some research they undertook asking the public about their impressions of charities.

Reach Your Customers Through Honest Persuasion: 10X Training are offering free, introduction workshops in Brighton between June 14 and June 27 about their new Persuasion Communication approach, which says that persuasion doesn’t happen on screen, or on the page, but in the mind. Find dates, venues and book your place here.

BHESCo Improves Local Community's Energy Efficiency: BHESCo have launched a project, in partnership with Interreg 2 Seas and The Brighton and Hove City Council, to deliver 300 energy saving goodie bags around the city to help low income residents improve energy efficiency & reduce fuel bills. How good is that?

Discount for _SocialStarters Consultancy: The _SocialStarters Incubator helps social enterprises tackle their business challenges by matching you with a dedicated business consultant (usually professionals from FTSE 500 companies on career breaks). They run three 12-week programmes every year and members of the GBC get an exclusive 40% discount if you register for any of the three programmes before 14th June

Global Sharing Week Kicks Off: The largest annual celebration of Sharing and the Sharing Economy runs from June 16 - June 22 and this year the theme is the power of Sharing to change the world. Find out what events are going on locally and add your sharing events to the map to be part of this global movement.

Is it Wrong to Make a Living Helping People?: It's not right to benefit from other people's suffering, is it?. Matthew Bellringer, founder of MeaningBit and People Developing People, explores the concept around business for good and how supporting yourself allows you to better support others. Read his thoughts here

GBC Launches Informal Member Meetup: Missed out on the May social? Join us on June 25 for a chance to meet new members, catch up with old friends as well as finding out what's going on in the network. RSVP here.

Generation Share Book Launch: International speaker and change-maker Benita Matofska and photographer with purpose Sophie Sheinwald will share stories of their three-year journey to meet the inspiring change-makers who are saving and transforming lives through the Sharing Economy. RSVP for the June 19 launch here.

Storytelling for Raising Investment Webinar: A good story holds a wealth of power to influence. It can be used to build trust, spark emotion & change others' views on the world. Join Good Finance webinar on 19 June, looking at how to tell the perfect impact story to win over your audience when fundraising or raising investment. 

PLATF9RM Presents The Circular Economy: PLATF9RM have invited a selection of inspiring speakers on June 19 to demonstrate the ecosystem approach that will facilitate a true circular economy while meeting the economic needs of our society – all within the limits of our planet. 

What is The Return On Investment of Purpose?: Data shows that purposeful companies outperform their competitors in turbulent times. But what is the true ROI of purpose? Conscious Company take a closer look.

Climate Change Campfire Conversation: At a time when business-as-usual is no longer sustainable, how will you respond to the challenges of an increasingly uncertain world? Explore this around the fire with a diverse group of like-minded business leaders at School of the Wild's event on June 20

GBC Pop Up 1:1 Coaching Sessions: Got a challenge or blocker that is holding your business back? Book a 1:1 session with an experienced business coach on June 21 at The Projects to get you unstuck. This time is what ever you need it to be. You might want to soundboard a new idea, download a busy mind or get clarity on what next steps might look like.

Let's Make Our City More Inclusive: This open and interactive event on June 21 will bring together refugees, charities, organisations and people from the local community. Together we will listen, discuss and act around the question 'What can we do together to make our city more inclusive?'.

Ethical Consumer Q&A with Clever Green Festival: Clever Green festival aims to show the way forward to other festivals by introducing a range of environmental measures to provide a blueprint to run as clean and green a festival as possible. Ethical Consumer spoke to event founder Jo Child about what they have in store.

The Big Share EventSaturday June 22 on Hove Lawns will see the first ever The Big Share, bringing Brighton and Hove residents together to celebrate resource sharing in our wonderful city. From a kindness mob, to a music share, the big beach clothes swap to our makerspace, a Share Table and pop up picnic, this promises to be the sharing event of the year.

The Social Society Presents Indian Summer: The Social Society invite you on a journey to Southern India to experience the taste, sights, and sounds of this wonderful country in the company of fabulous people. Experience a delightful mix of traditional music, food, cocktails and some powerful talks on traditional self-care through the power of mantra, meditation and yoga at their social event on June 24.

Choosing the Right Legal Structure Workshop: Community Works are running a great session on June 26 to help you get clarity and confidence in the legal structure you choose for your business. You will have the time and space to think about important issues such as whether to have voting members, how you will be funded and whether or not to incorporate.

Peruvian Filmmaker Can Capture Your Impact: Meet new Club member, Ernesto Cabellos, who is a talented filmmaker from Peru. His latest documentary 'Daughter of the Lake' is on Netflix and he is looking to work with local organisations to capture their impact through film. Reach out to Ernesto.

You're Not a Fraud - Overcoming Impostor Syndrome: Ever felt afraid that you weren't helping your clients? Ever wanted to get more qualifications or experience before you started working? Imposter Syndrome can hold you back from having the impact you could. This workshop on June 26 run by People Developing People will help you overcome your imposter syndrome.

Community Grants Drop-in at The BevyEast Brighton Trust are putting on another Drop-in day for local individuals and groups wanting to find out about fundraising for their projects. Drop into The Bevy on June 27 from 1pm - 4pm.

Healthy Futures Network Forming in Brighton: University of Brighton researchers are joining forces with entrepreneurs and community groups to turn Brighton and Hove into a focal point for health interventions. If your work is focused on health and well-being, get in touch to join their next Entrepreneurs Cafe on June 28.

Brighton Chamber Launch Support for Pre-StartupsCatch the Wave is a business support programme by Brighton Chamber for anyone in the city who wants to launch and grow a business. We are excited to be partnering with them to deliver two impact focused events later in the year to support social enterprises

Re-energise Over The Summer Through The Outdoors: GBC member, Damian Tow, invites you to a weekend retreat in the beautiful setting of the Welsh mountains and woodlands. This immersive weekends is specifically for progressive business and sustainability leaders which offers a combination of outdoor activities and inner exploration.

BACA Seeking Volunteers to Interview Students: After the success of their first two Enterprise Days, BACA are planning their third and final event on July 11. They are looking for 50 volunteers to offer their time (from 9am - 2pm) to interview year 10 students to give them the experience they need to prepare for interviewing for colleague or a job. Get in touch with James Collett (vice-principal) if you're interested to find out more.

Connect With Your Community Around Food: Are you a foodie? Share your love of food with your neighbours and get to know the community around you at Ambigo's International Feast at the Norfolk Square Garden Project on July 27.

Got Something to Include in the next Snapshot?

Get in touch if you have an opportunity that will aid the people starting up and running social enterprises in and around Brighton, UK.

Sara Osterholzer