#02 Social Enterprise Snapshot (28/11/18)

As November comes to a close there will be some that start to wind down and close their diaries till January and others that seize the quieter inbox time as an opportunity to get plans into place for 2019.

No matter if you are looking for inspirational gatherings to settle into the festive period or want the most valuable opportunities to grow your disruptive business before the close of 2018, we've got you covered. 

Go, soak it all up and tell me what you think


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Presents with Purpose: Spread the festive cheer simply by buying your presents from social enterprises. Social Enterprise UK have done a sterling job putting together a Gift Guide to make it easy to #BuySocial. 

Scale+Accelerate: SSE have launched a Learning Programme for leaders of established social enterprises to start in February 2019. Find out more and submit your application by Friday 30th November.

Diversity in the Games Sector: Playingfield, a new charity helping get the next generation ready to work in the games industry, are facilitating a workshop on 30th November, to generate creative solutions directly with industry leaders, educational specialists and young people.

Brighton Soup: If you've not heard of this regular fundraising opportunity, think Dragons Den for community initiative where you get to be the dragon. Their next event is on 30th November.

Musical Teams: If you're looking for a meaningful team-building activity, check out Open Strings music-making experience offer. Open Strings (a local social enterprise) uses this creative approach to help your staff ‘find their voice’ and improve team communications. 

Talks, a Meal and Support: Kennedy Street CIC aims to promote well-being, encourage recovery and support those experiencing hardship through community integration. They are running their first Changemaker Community Hub on 1st Dec at St Patrick's church and are always looking for volunteers to help out. 

Christmas Concert: Local social enterprise, New Note Orchestra, are the first recovery orchestra in the world and are hosting a festive event on 2nd Decemberincluding a documentary with live orchestral soundtrack.  

Designing Digital Services for All: Tech4Good in Brighton are a regular meetup group and their next event on 3rd December will explore how to put the user at the heart of designing digital solutions. 

Zero Emission Goodies: If you are looking to #BuySocial, check out Sailboat Project who have a range of produce such as natural vegan wines, almonds, olives and much more on sale.

Circular Brighton and Hove: Join a festive social on 5th Dec that is open to all and will be a celebration of all things Circular in 2018 and look at where collectively we are going in 2019.

Ideas Café: Hosted by the founders of the Happy Startup School, the regular Ideas Cafe for all business leaders will leave you feeling energised. The next event is on 6th December.

Local Diversity Winners: Local social enterprise Diversity and Ability beat IBM and Green Park for a 'Global Equality and Diversity Conference' Award! They have been crowned the proud winners of the 2018 'Noon Award' in recognition for their work combining mental health & digital inclusion for disabled/neurodiverse people that are affected by homelessness. What champions!

A Social Enterprise Evening: In the wake of the close of The Platform let's reconnect the social enterprise network (in person), celebrate over a festive drink and start 2019 with a bang. Ruth Anslow, Rebecca Luff and myself will be sharing our ideas to bring the network alive at this festive gathering on 6th December

Gold Food City Bid: Leader of Brighton and Hove Council Daniel Yates unveiled last week the city's new five-year Food Strategy Action Plan which included a bid to become the UK’s first to Gold Sustainable Food City.

Thrive! Meetup: This is the go to place for Female Founders in Brighton. If you enjoy bouncing ideas off other people, join them on 12th December.

Team Domenica Cafe: A local social enterprise cafe, who are staffed by young adults with learning disabilities, have just announced that they are now open on Saturdaysat both their cafes (Hove Library and Preston Road)

Knowing Me, Knowing You: If 2019 is all about building more meaningful and more impactful business relationships for your social enterprise then take part in this exploratory workshop on 13 December and leave with an action plan to get you started.

Create New Solar: BHESCo are raising funds for TWO new community-owned energy projects where investors (anyone in the community) can expect to receive 5% interest.

The 'Yellow' Breakfast: Join Tom Druitt on 14th December at a Chamber Breakfast event to hear how he started up The Big Lemon and what his 2019 plans are for the local social enterprise.

Sustainable Businesses: Build your energy-saving knowledge by hearing from expert speakers and networking with others over a pastry and coffee at the next Business Networking Breakfast on 18th December.

Connect with your Community: Ambigo bring people together to help achieve each other’s goals, wishes and ambitions. They are running a 'pay what you can' event on 25th December to help you get clear on your New Year's resolutions. 

UnLtd in Brighton: UnLtd has found plenty of potential in areas around the UK, where local people see enterprise as a tool for social change. Brighton is one of those Resilient Communities and UnLtd is particularly interested in how they can include residents of overlooked parts of the city. 

Shoreham Happy Cafe: If you live in Shoreham, there is a new monthly Happy Cafe that wants to help you explore how you can make your own life happier and perhaps also create more happiness in the community you live in. Join them on 29th December

Start.Scale.Succeed: If you have an idea for a startup social enterprise, Natwest's fully-funded pre-accelerator programme is open for applications.

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