#04 Social Enterprise Snapshot (08/02/19)

The Good Business Club is one month old and we are just about to reach our 50th member! We've run 4 pop up events, where we have tackled 10 challenges in group problem-solving sessions and moved 10 social enterprises forward through our 1-2-1 coaching session. 

February may be the shortest month of the year but it is not short of opportunities that can move your business forward and connect you to others in and around Brighton.

So make the most of the support offers, events and resources right on your doorstep and see you at our next pop-up event soon. 

Sara and Ruth
Co-Founders of The Good Business Club

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Enterprise with Meaning in Brighton & Hove: A collaboration of local social and community entrepreneurs and supporters are exploring how we can create an inclusive place for Social & Community Enterprise (in all its forms) in the city during 2019. Read a summary and details of how to get involved here.

Not sure what The Good Business Club is all about?: Book onto one of our pop-up events we host every week across the city to get a taste of what we do and how we can help your business grow in 2019. 

Beautiful, Inexpensive Office Share with other Social Enterprises: Join 4 other social enterprises in a shared office just off Western Road for just £85/month! Available from 14th February. Contact Jo Goddan, founder of RubyMoon, for more details.

Input into New Local Brand Support Offer: Brand identity designer (and TGBC member) Chloe Upton is on a mission to help ethical businesses in Brighton to access top quality branding advice and training to help them become more self sufficient. She is looking for Social Entrepreneurs at any stage to share their needs in order to help tailor her proposed solution, The Upwards Collective. Takes less than 5 minutes here

Crowdfunding for Social Enterprises: The Good Business Club partners with other business support organisations across Sussex to make support for social enterprise more accessible. We are partnering with The Chamber of Commerce and Crowdfunder for an introductory workshop on crowdfunding 13th March.

Contribute Your Insight For PHD Research: Sharing experiences is one way to effectively grow the Social Enterprise sector. If you agree, take a few minutes out of your day-to-day to share your social enterprise experience for this PHD research (Brunel University London).

3 Ways to Begin Visually Communicating Your Business Idea: As the saying goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. Visual communication allows us to instantly express ideas, personality and emotions, but where do you begin? TGBC member, Chloe Upton, shares some simple first steps to visually communicating your brand.  

Make an Impact with Tech Take Back: Get your obsolete gadgets and old, tangled cables at the ready for the next #TechTakeback shop popping up at Hove Museum on 8th and 9th Feb.

Save DV8 Sussex From Possible Closure: If you are working in the creative industry or with young people in Brighton, you will know how integral DV8 is in the city. After a recent inspection from Ofsted they received a final grading of Inadequate, despite their best ever year of results in 17/18. They are short of a couple 100 signatures to make the case that they are a unique provision locally that cannot easily be replaced. 

The Support You Need to Ignite Your Ambition: Starting a homelessness project, making mugs and writing a novel - all goals people were helped with at Ambigo's last event. If you have an ambition but don't know how to go about making it a reality, join TGBC members, Ambigo, on 9th Feb for the tools and support.

How to Scale Your Social Enterprises Impact: School for Social Entrepreneurs run a six-day 'Social Replication and Scaling' course that helps you examine all aspects of growth strategies including social franchising, licensing and directly managed growth.

Open Strings Music Moves to Community Base: TGBC members, Open Strings Music, are celebrating their new (work) home with a lunchtime gig on 12th Feb. Get to know their team and their mission over a cup of tea, some cake and plenty of singing. 

Thrive! Celebrating Women in TechIssue 3 of Thrive is out and is themed around 'Women in Tech'. The print and online magazine exclusively features female founders and women in business and is full to the brim with useful advice, inspiring stories and opportunities. 

Develop Your Business Action Plan: If you want to develop a business action plan to achieve your business goals and manage your time effectively - this is the event for you! Join TGBC member, Lyndsey Segal, on 12th Feb to move your social enterprise forward with confidence.

How Can Technology Tackle Homelessness?: Join "techies" and "goodies" on 13th Feb shining a light on initiatives that are taking place locally to help support the homeless through digital, featuring TGBC members DnA, and explore what else is needed.

Follow TGBC Across Multiple Social Media Platforms: If you enjoy TGBC Snapshot but wish you had opportunities coming your way on a daily basis, you can find us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn where we post and share events, asks from the network and support offers all focused on social enterprise and 'business for good' locally.

Growth Support Programme and Grant: You've still got time to apply for Power to Change's Trade Up Programme for a chance to win a grant of up to £10,000 match funded as well as a 9-months support from experts in supporting community businesses. Deadline is 14th Feb.

Acumen Online Courses  for Social Entrepreneurship: "Gain the skills and moral imagination necessary to lead in the 21st century" through Acumen's wide array of online courses (many of which are free) created by leaders across the globe.

Local Social Enterprise Looking for Trustee: New Note Orchestra are searching for the right person, with accountancy skills to sit on their Board of Trustees. It is a light-touch role but would make a huge impact for their mission. If this sounds like you, or you know someone who'd be interested, see their role description here

Growth Hub Escalator Programme: Due to High Demand, Coast to Capital have launched a second round of it's innovative scale up support programme for established businesses. Apply by 22nd Feb to 

Local Homeless Photography Project Needs Equipment: Do you have an old DSLR or tripod sitting about that you no longer use? MyBrighton and Hove Photo Project are looking for donations of equipment so their photographers, who have been affected by homelessness, can learn photography techniques. 

Plastic Free Brighton and Hove Launch: Join Surfers Against Sewage and partners on 23rd Feb to hear about their #PlasticFreeCommunities campaign and find out how you can support the coalition and their city wide campaign to reduce avoidable single use plastics and improve recycling rates.

Troubleshoot With The Rebellion: TGBC members, Rebellion, are offering a free, initial Troubleshooting Session for social enterprises and charities to help you identify solutions to issues holding your enterprise back. 

Social Enterprise Festival in London: City, University of London are hosting a two day event on 26th and 27th Feb which will offer a range of workshops, keynotes, networking opportunities and a pitching competition for anyone interested or involved with social enterprises.

Starting Point for Startup Social Enterprise: We shared Social Enterprise UK's 'Start Your Social Enterprise' guide with two TGBC members in our coaching sessions this week as it's a great starting point for those early on in their journey. It includes a brilliant tool to better understand legal structures.

Making Time for Time Management: Join TGBC member Heads-up Coaching on 28th Feb for a group coaching session to find your focus and learn how to get more done in less time!

The Girls Network Looking For Mentors in Eastbourne: Know someone who would make an incredible mentor for a girl in Eastbourne? Get in touch with Sitara, Network Manager for The Girls Network in Sussex, who are looking to empower girls through mentors. 

Get Your Social Enterprise Idea off the Ground: Our partners, NatWest, run a 6-month accelerator that includes a range of support offerings to grow your business. TGBC are involved in supporting the entrepreneurs on the programme so you'll get all the social enterprise expertise you need. Next deadline to apply is 7th March.

UnLtd Awards to 'Place-based' Social Entrepreneurs: To ensure local voices are heard, UnLtd invite social entrepreneurs and supporters to peer-review applications on 25th February. If you want to be in the mix to share your stories and wisdom, contact rebeccaluff@unltd.org.uk

Brighton Fringe Event Registrations: Brighton Fringe have opened registration for events to be included in their web events listings. They have a comprehensive guide for event hosts so check this out if you're considering hosting something around May -June.

Deutsche Bank Looking for Creative Social Entrepreneurs£50,000 prize fund and £100,000 worth of business support is on offer by The Deutsche Bank who are looking for the next generation of Changemakers to drive social impact through their creative enterprise. Deadline to apply is 31st March.

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