Social Enterprise in County Durham

Social Enterprise Network - Social Innovation 

Wednesday 10th October 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.

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North East Social Enterprise Festival **New**

2018 Saturday 13th October The North East Social Enterprise Festival 2018 is coming to Houghton-le-Spring this autumn. The Old Rectory and Rectory Park are hosting the festival where all the crafts, food and activities will be provided by social enterprises which operate and trade for the benefit of communities in the North East (so when they profit, our society profits). Visit the Old Rectory on Social Saturday and the penultimate day of the ancient festival of Houghton-le-Spring, Houghton feast to see a fantastic array of creative ways to combat social problems. 

We are inviting Expressions of Interest to Trade with us at this event.

Social Enterprise Acumen News and Events **Current**

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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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