All Events

ClearlySo Annual Social Business Conference

Tuesday 11th October 2011, 7:30am - 5:00pm
Organiser: ClearlySo

 ClearlySo, Europe’s largest Social Business Angel Network, will celebrate Social Enterprise in all its forms in its annual Social Business Conference on 11th October. The theme for 2011 is ‘All Shapes & Sizes’, reflected in the diversity of the speaker line-up which boasts Kingfisher Chief Exec Ian Cheshire; Sir Torquil Norman, Founder of Camden’s Roundhouse Trust; former JP Morgan Head of Research Nick O’Donohoe, now Government Advisor to the Big Society Bank and Sinclair Beecham of Pret a Manger. International speakers include the CEOs of microfinance leaders babyloan (France), (Germany) and Bosnia (MiBospo).

ClearlySo - Guardian Seminar

Wednesday 14th September 2011, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Organiser: ClearlySo

 ClearlySo has joined forces with the Guardian to host a top notch half-day seminar to help social enterprises access public service assets. Moves by local authorities to make publically owned buildings and land available to social and community enterprises at preferential rates offer a range of opportunities. Featuring expert speakers, this top quality event will provide information on legislation and discuss the pros and cons of taking on community assets.

3rd International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC)

Tuesday 13th September 2011 - Thursday 15th September 2011
Organiser: Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School London South Bank University The Open University

The 2010 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) is an open conference that brings together scholars from around the globe to discuss the role of innovation in social businesses, social movements, not-for-profits, state actors, and the broader social economy.

During the conference you will have the opportunity engage in discussions on the following themes:

- Governance of hybrids - Work Integration Social Enterprises - Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Social Entrepreneurship across regions - Measuring impact and performance - Public policy and social innovation - Social innovation and the voluntary sector - Resource acquisition and finance - Public service delivery - Partnerships and hybrids

ISIRC is hosted by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School, London South Bank University and The Open University

Studio 306 Collective CIC Project Launch

Wednesday 20th July 2011, 3:00pm - 7:30pm
Organiser: Studio 306

You are invited to Studio 306 Collective to launch the pilot Mental Health Well Being Project funded by Awards for All and the achievement of Community Interest Company status for the Studio.

3.00pm Welcome and light refreshments 4.30pm Presentation of Grant Cheque from Awards for All 5.30pm Showcase and sale of hand crafted products in ceramics, textiles, silver 7.30pm Close and thanks to all members and volunteers

Studio 306 Collective CIC offers a creative community space for disadvantaged individuals and people who are recovering from mental illness to empower them to develop skills with renewed confidence and motivate them to improve their mental health well being. The Studio is a not for profit organisation and products are also available on Etsy at

Coming to a region near you - NOMS regional tour

Thursday 12th May 2011 - Wednesday 22nd June 2011
Organiser: NOMS

 In conjunction with Concilium and the regional social enterprise networks NOMS are organising a series of events designed to encourage and facilitate dialogue between NOMS and the sector.

Each event will aim to produce a clear action plan that will seek to ensure that social enterprise has a strong voice within NOMS and a clear way in which to engage.

NOMS want to encourage as much participation as possible from the sector and see this as just the start. We want diversity in size, focus and history – even if you are a new and developing enterprise, please get involved.

KTP's in social entrprises, charities and not-for profit organisation

Wednesday 11th May 2011, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Organiser: London South Bank University

 Find out how the London South Bank University grant funding programme can directly benefit your organisation.

Why should I go?

See for yourself how London South Bank University and the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme can help your organisation grow, compete and succed.  Having already partnered with driven charites such as The Royal National Instittue for Deaf People (RNID), Daycare Trust, Alzheimer's Trading and Blue Sky Development and Regeneration, we kno social enterprise partnerships work.

Who will be there?

Hear directly from your industry peartners about how they have taken advantage of the KTP programme to help pursue new income opportunities, eliminate knowledge gaps, increase employmnet and ensure the same rights, opportunities and quality of life for their members.

Raising Capital Seminar

Tuesday 10th May 2011, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Organiser: ClearlySo

 A half-day seminar from ClearlySo in association with Guardian Professional...

Where is the money? How do you get it? This half-day seminar in association with Guardian will provide you with the knowledge, tools and tactics to raise the finance you need to make your social enterprise a success.

What you will learn:

  • A practical understanding of how to raise capital for your social enterprise
  • Knowledge of the main finance streams for the sector and how to access them
  • Insight into what encourages and convinces investors, lenders and funders to back your business
  • How other social enterprises are raising capital and how you can learn from their experiences

Chair: Rod Schwartz, chief executive of ClearlySo


Keynote Speaker: Michele Giddens, Bridges Ventures

Where is the money? Jonathan Jenkins, UnLtd Sue Peters, Social Investment Business

Unleashing Value: Connecting Social Enterprise and Public Services

Friday 25th March 2011, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Organiser: More than Outputs (External Funding Matters) - funded by Capacitybuilders

 A half day conference where social enterprises, value and public services connect!

Hear from social enterprises leading the way in evidencing their impact and value, and the implications for the public sector Discover innovations in commissioning practice Debate the new Public Services White Paper, with our keynote speaker from the Cabinet Office. This conference is the culmination of a two year project - Adding Value Winning Contracts - funded by Capacitybuilders and delivered by More than Outputs (EFM Ltd). The project has worked with over 120 social enterprises across the West Midlands on selling to the public sector and demonstrating value using Social Return on Investment.

The event will showcase good practice using case study examples and look at how commissioners and social enterprises can take more account of value, and how to make better connections between social enterprise and the public sector.

Social Impact Bond Conference

Tuesday 1st March 2011

 Social Finance invites commissioners, social service providers and investors to three conferences in Glasgow, Birmingham and London in March 2011. They would like to work with you to build the marketplace for Social Impact Bonds. Speakers will include leading social investors, government representatives and voluntary sector practioners. 

For What it's Worth - Can Social Enterprises Deliver Local Services?

Wednesday 16th February 2011, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Organiser: Social Firms UK

This free event is for local authority procurement officers and social enterprises. It will explore the practicalities of engaging social enterprise to deliver local services. We'll be taking a look at who's already done it, who's in the process of doing it and what legal and financial challenges they faced. For the full programme, click here.

A panel of experts will be on hand during a Q&A, followed by three tailored workshops in the afternoon which will focus on a particular area of service delivery.



10am: Registration and coffee