Course Category: Voluntary Sector and Governance, Benefits and Money Advice, Social and Community Enterprise

Please note, this is an online course which will be held using Zoom software. 


Plymouth Business School, in partnership with Plymouth Social Enterprise Network, brings you a Virtual Conference on July 7th. The day conference will bring together a range of industry professionals to discuss the future of social enterprise. Comprised of four one-hour slots each session will address key topics of relevance to current social enterprises, those considering becoming social enterprises, those organisations and businesses who work with social enterprises, or anyone interested in the sector.  You will get the opportunity to ask questions during a Q & A at the end of each session.


Wednesday 7th July 2021
From 10.00am to 3.30pm

The idea of social enterprises, businesses that make profits to fund social projects, has been rapidly growing in recent years and the South West has been at the heart of this movement.  The University of Plymouth was the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet.   As a ‘global enterprise city’ and one of the first ‘Social Enterprise Cities’, Plymouth is a social enterprise ‘hot spot’. Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) is one of the most active and leading networks in the UK.  Increasing numbers of organisations, businesses, customers and citizens are coming into contact with social enterprises as producers, suppliers and partners.  Setting up or getting involved with a social enterprise as a way of making a difference is an attractive proposition. This conference is aimed at:

  • Those who have little knowledge of social enterprise.  This conference will act as a starting point of where the sector is today.  
  • Those who are social enterprises or work with them.  The conference will address key issues facing the sector throughout the UK, and how individual social enterprises might grow.

We have divided the day so that the two morning sessions are primarily looking at the macro nature of the sector, where it is currently and where it is and should be going.  The two afternoon sessions address more practical issues of how social enterprises can survive, grow and develop.  We hope that these four sessions will stimulate your thoughts, offer insights and hints and tips and provide a good means of networking with similarly minded people across the UK.


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