#06 Social Enterprise Snapshot (07/05/19)

What a fantastic few weeks we've had at The Good Business Club following an energetic Launch Party. We've got a wave of new change-makers and supporters in the network and new Pop Up dates across May and June to connect the network up. 

Missed the Launch Party? You can catch up on what was shared here and watch this space as there are more informal social gatherings in the pipeline. 

And now for the juicy bit. May is packed with opportunities to support and be supported from the growing network which you can find below.

Sara and Ruth
Co-Founders of The Good Business Club


Plant-based Cafe to Open in Lewes: Soul Soup are running a crowdfunding campaign to open a purpose before profit cafe in Lewes and have just 1 day left to reach their £3K target! Bag yourself some tasty rewards by supporting them today and share with your networks so we can see more Business for Good on our high streets.

Fashion Revolution Change-makers Featured on BBC Sussex: Ruby Moon, Zola Amour and PALA eyewear were on BBC Sussex talking about Sustainable Fashion and their nominations for the Be The Change Awards. Have a listen to the revolution that they are driving in our city here.

Not 100% clear on what makes a business a Social Enterprise?: You're not alone. We are partnering with NatWest Bank to bring together experts in the field and local examples to debunk the myths and shed some light on the local Social Enterprise scene in Brighton and Hove. Join us today - 7th May

Recommendations for Good Removals Company: One of our members is looking for a socially or environmentally focused removals company. Have you got any recommendations? Let Emma know here.

Female Founder Match Funded Opportunity from NatWest: NatWest are on a mission to get more female-led businesses off the ground by making it easier for women to source funding. They have partnered with Crowdfunder UK to launch 'Back Her Business', a matched crowdfunding opportunity. Applications are now open so find out more here

Finding The Right Business Structure Fit For Your Good Business: Join Plus Accounting on Wednesday 8th May to understand the variety of options and what to take into consideration when choosing legal structures for your business. Book your space here.

Inter-generational Forest School: Do you want your children to have a more enriched childhood? Unite The Beat are running a fantastic Inter-generational Forest session every month for families who want to make a difference to their own lives and those of isolated older people.

RSA Support for Social Enterprise: RSA are coming down to Brighton to discover inspiring social enterprise projects to offer support to. Hear from innovative local businesses that are doing good in Brighton, join them on Wednesday 8th May.

Local Supermarket Rebels Top in The Country: HISBE has been ranked #2 most ethical supermarket in the country in the esteemed EC Magazine! Not a surprise but always great to see Business for Good getting the recognition they deserve. Well done you rebels. 

Calling Sustainability Supporters in the Network: PALA, a local ethical eyewear brand, are crowdfunding to develop a new range of sustainable sunglasses that gives back by supporting eye-care programmes in Africa. Cool, right? Help them reach their fundraising goal of $40K by supporting them in return for some fantastic goodies and share the campaign with your networks so we can see more Good Business brands in the market.

Food Partnership Team Win Award: Huge congratulations to The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership who won the 'Team of the Year' Award at the Cost Sector Catering awards. You're an inspiring bunch doing incredible things for food systems in our city. Say congratulations here

Make the Bevy Pub a (more) Fun Place: Are you passionate about bringing your community together in some way? Fun Places are running an interactive workshop to at The Bevendean Cooperative Pub on Thursday 9 May to collectively make the pub a Fun Place for all the community. Find out what that means and how to get involved here

How Can Creativity Play a Role in Challenging Views on Homelessness?: Join My Brighton and Hove Photo Project and members of the Unframed Lives collective for their Brighton Fringe panel discussion on 17th May exploring how creativity can play a role in challenging views on homelessness. This will be followed by an impactful networking session run by Ambigo team to consider and express ideas relating to creativity and homelessness. 

Local and Sustainable Food Directory: Did you know The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership has a directory to help you buy local and sustainable food in Brighton and Hove? Make a change in where you shop to support the local economy and help drive the Business for Good movement forward. 

DV8 Traineeship Programme Open for Applications: Gain a keen employee for 3-days a week for 11 weeks and offer a young person the opportunity to build their confidence and get a better understanding of work in your sector. That's priceless, right? Get your applications in ASAP for programme to start on 13th May.

Crowdfunding Tips and Tricks: Are you looking to use crowdfunding as a tool to start up a new idea or raise your visibility? You'll see from the three crowdfunding features in this bulletin that you are not the only one. Sign up to Crowdfund 360's mailing list to receive tips from an expert so you are prepared before you hit 'go'.

The Community Business Fund Open: Designed by Power to Change to support existing community businesses with grants to help them progress towards self-sufficiency. The fund is now open for applications until 22 May so get your application in soon.

Local Female Founder Featured in Women  in Leadership Piece: BHESCo Founder & CEO, Kayla Ente, was featured in the Spring edition of Women in Leadership Publication talking about the leaders of tomorrow being influenced and inspired by the female leaders of today. Kayla is a powerhouse change-maker and you can hear her views here.

Show your local community that #CommunityBusinessMatters: Community Business Week is from 16th - 19th May and is a great opportunity to showcase the positive impact your business is having and to enrol support. But there are NO events listed in Brighton yet! Don't miss this opportunity to raise your organisations visibility and list your events here.

Reduce Waste in Baby and Maternity Clothing: SuperLooper are looking for green parents to become early adopters of new circular economy community of parents who lease baby clothes to reduce textile waste and slow down fashion production.

Sustainability Tour of Real-Life Businesses: Join Sustainable Business Partnership CIC for a behind-the-scenes tour of King's Academy Ringmer on 21st May to hear their sustainability journey. Their solar panels provide in excess of 25% of their electrical energy, while 70% of their energy for heating comes from their biomass boiler, wind turbine and ground source heat pump. Interested to hear how they got to this point?

Support Old Tree Brewery Grow Their Impact: The master creators of live botanical drinks and zero-waste pioneers are crowdfunding to raise £30,000 to create more jobs in botanical brewing and forest gardening and open fermentation and refill stations across Brighton & Hove. Help them reach their aim and bag some tasty goodies too.

Eco-bus Service Set to Offer New Routes: The Big Lemon are trialling a new flexible bus route in Hangleton working in partnership with on Brighton and Hove City Council to offer alternatives where there has been a loss of services. Find out more about the partnership and plans here

Tesco Chooses Little Green Pig as One of Their Bags of Help Charities: Make sure to collect a token each time you buy something in one of their Brighton or Hove stores until 30 June and drop it in the Little Green Pig box. Find out more about the great work Little Green Pigs does for children in the city here.

Are You Planning a Long-term Behaviour Change Campaign?: Campaign Collective can create and deliver the campaign with you as well as offering training for your team which means that once your campaign is over you’ll have the skills in-house for your next one. Find out what support they offer here

'Know Your Energy' Sustainability Networking Breakfast: Get some inspiration from real-life case studies at Sustainable Business Partnership CIC's event on how you can become more energy-saving in your own business. Next one is on 29th May in Burgess Hill

Over 50 and want to be more connected to your community?: Stoneham Bakehouse run Bread Shed groups in Hove offering locals a chance to bake and a chance to connect. If you’re interested pop into the Bakehouse for more details or email paula@stonehambakehouse.org.uk

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