SEYH Awards nominations open

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber are launching the annual search to find the region’s most dynamic and innovative social enterprises.

Entries for the Social Enterprise Awards are open. Judges are looking for outstanding examples of businesses that are delivering real social impact and competing effectively in a commercial market.
Alex Sobel, General Manager of Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber, who organise the awards, said: “We are looking for examples of best practice that would be groundbreaking in more traditional commercial businesses. Social enterprises are operating in the same economic climate as other businesses so we are looking for those that are bucking the trend.
“Often social enterprises don’t realise just how good they are. These awards are a great way of benchmarking your performance and achievements against others”
There are five categories in the Social Enterprise Awards: Start up of the Year, Social Impact, Social Investment, Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Social Enterprise of the Year.
The closing date for entries is September 16th. To enter Start up of the Year, Social Entrepreneur of the Year and Social Enterprise of the Year Awards download SEYH_Award_form_Blank.doc and for Social Impact and Social Investment download SEYH_Award_form_Social_Impact_investment.doc
The Awards will be presented on the 18th October at St Georges Centre in Leeds in partnership with Nurture - tickets are available here

We are also delighted to announce one of Yorkshire's most successful entrepreneurs Jonathan Straight as our guest speaker. Jonathan was the  founder of recycling products manufacturer Straight and sold his AIM-listed business in a £10.7m deal to Irish firm One51 in 2015. He now runs Straight Charitable Trust and founded Social Enterprise Street Lane Bakery and is involved in a number of Social and Environmental Enterprises. Jonathan is also involved in developing new food projects and changing the way people eat.

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Get Social Finance Ready

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber has been successful in securing Awards for All funding to develop a resource pack to help social enterprises in the region to prepare to take on social investments. Through our programme of Social Investment Roundtables we heard clear messages from organisations describing a lack of awareness of social finance, where it is, when to use it and how to access it.

For details, please download the project summary.

Social Value Conference 2016

Wednesday, 20th July from 9.30 to 15.30 - Unity Works, Westgate Wakefield, WF1 1EP

Do you wonder how you can measure all the great stuff you do or wondered what the Public Sector require from Charities and Social Enterprises contracting with them aroudn impact reporting? Or want to hear from those at the cutting edge about what is coming down the line around Social Value.

If so then Social Value 16 is for you with speakers from Government, Councils, Health and frontline Social Enterprises.


Morning Session – Introducing Social Value and its application

Workshops – Technical Areas around Social Enterprise Development, Social Value, Reporting and Measurement

Afternoon – How Public Sector across Local Authority, Health, Police and Fire use Social Value in Procurement


Confirmed Speakers include:

Cllr Denise Jeffrey, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Skills, Wakefield Council

Paul Schofield, Senior Policy Adviser, Cabinet Office

Alison Haskins, Chief Executive, Nova

Antony Sadler, Service Director Communities, Wakefield Council

Debbie Crellin, Crellin Consulting

Many more to be confirmed


Workshops on:

Starting and Growing your Social Enterprise

Social Impact Measurement

Social Value in Public Commissioning and Procurement

The legal aspects of Social Value




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Charity Bank and Key Fund Investment Roundtable

Friday, 24 June 2016 from 10:00 to 12:30 - Ebor Court, Leeds, LS1 4ND

This event with Charity Bank and Key Fund is centred around their loan offer.

Maybe you’re working in a charity and have a brilliant idea to create a trading arm to generate new income. Or you’re an established community-based organisation that sees a way to expand and grow, but just need a leg-up. Whether you’ve got a big idea around a community-run green energy project, or you want to revolutionise social care and set up a co-operative, Charity Bank and Key Fund can help.

Key Fund typically make investments up to £150k and Charity Bank from £150k up to £2.5 Million. Charity Bank and Key Fund are keen to make co-investment on larger projects and work together regularly in the interests of organisations seeking investment.

If you are interested in working with either Charity Bank or Key Fund this is the event for you with presentations from both, the opportunity to ask questions and a 20 minute private one to one session with either Charity Bank or Key Fund.

Details and registration at the Eventbrite page here.




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