Social Enterprise in County Durham

Social Enterprise Start Up Masterclass **New**

Wednesday 8th August and Wednesday 19th September 2pm - 4pm at The Old Rectory, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 4BB 

What's important to think about when you start a social enterprise? Here's your opportunity to learn from an expert in Social Enterprise - Kate Welch. 

This masterclass will focus on Social Impact on 8th August and Pitching on 19th September. Cost £20 for a two hour session including refreshments.

Social Enterprise Network **New**

Wednesday 8th August and Wednesday 19th September 4pm - 6pm at The Old Rectory, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 4BB 

This is a free networking event for social entrepreneurs and social enterprises to support each other as you grow your business. Get the opportunity to shout about what you're doing to make a difference today. 

The network meeting will focus on Social Impact on 8th August and learning from the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 on 19th September. Refreshments will be served and free parking available.

Boost your Business and Bright Idea programme **New**

The NE-BIC have agreed to fund five more ‘Boost your Business’ courses. For those who could not attend the previous weekends, here is another chance (a number did comeback to me saying that they would have liked to attend but had other commitments, and to advise them of other dates). For those who did attend, you may know someone who you would like to recommend the course to. 

It is over 3 days and 2 nights and you do need to committee to the 3 days. They are nice venues and it is good fun and good networking. It is not social enterprise focused but 95% of the content is the same. And at the end of it you get a level 2 accredited qualification in Enterprise skills, and another in Digital Promotion So if you are or know someone who may be interested in enrolling on a Boost your Business course, then the next ones are on – (you need to contact me so I can get you registered!) 

3rd August weekend – George hotel, Chollerford 14th September weekend – George hotel, Chollerford 
28th September weekend – Novotel, Newcastle 5th October weekend – Usdaw College, Durham 
19th October weekend – Novotel, Newcastle 

There are still places available for the 3rd August so we are keen to recruit quickly for this one. Just to remind everyone all the feedback has been great – take a friend to make a weekend of it! I am also pleased to advise that a fourth round of the current Bright Ideas programme opens on 26 June and closes on 31 July. I have been asked to share this (aimed more at any early start groups). Involving Co-ops UK, they don't expect to be allocating support to successful groups until September. But it can lead to a £15k grant and paid support (so you could get more of me!). So take a look. 

Cheers Kevin

Social Enterprise Acumen News **New**

Emma Frew is moving on in early April to take up the role of Director of Community Shop, an amazing social enterprise based in Yorkshire that is rapidly expanding its network of shops to the rest of the UK including the North East. We wish Emma every success in her new role and look forward to continuing to work with her particularly with the North East Community Shop venture. 



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Durham Sparks Community Enterprise Support **Current**

Durham Sparks is a brand new initiative, backed and funded by Durham County Council, to connect Community Enterprises with leading business coaches. 

Durham Sparks is influenced by top business leaders but driven by the enterprise itself to develop its skills, talent and access expertise, a range of support services and access to a dynamic network of business support and like-minded community enterprises to help fine-tune their journey to provide bigger, better and more effective service to their community.

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Social Enterprise Acumen news **Current**

Social Enterprise Acumen has moved offices to The Old Rectory, The Broadway, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 4BB. 

This amazing Grade 2* listed building is an asset transfer from Sunderland City Council to the newly formed Acumen Community Buildings which we have set up to develop the building into a regional centre for social enterprise and community business as well as bring an asset back into use for the local community. Social Enterprise Acumen is the anchor tenant and we are looking for more social enterprises to join us in creating a culture of enterprise in the area. 

We will shortly be sharing our brochure showcasing the various office, co-working, training and events spaces we have available. Do come to one of our events over the next few months and see what a fantastic place it is. 

Social Enterprise start up masterclass **Current**

Thursday 14th December 2 - 4pm at The Old Rectory, The Broadway, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 4BB 

Your opportunity to learn from an expert (Kate Welch) about what is important to think about and do when you start a social enterprise. The session will include a presentation and hand outs as well as an hour for questions and answers. There will be no more than ten people in a session so you will have plenty of time for your questions to be answered. £20 for a two hour session including refreshments 


North East Community Business Club **Current**

Regional meeting - Social Enterprise Acumen Thursday 14th December 4.30 - 6.30pm at The Old Rectory, The Broadway, Houghton-Le-Spring, DH4 4BB 

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