Working Capital 17

Working Capital is a Social Investment Conference designed to bring together the leading exponents in Social Investment with Social Enterprises, Community Enterprises and Social Enterpreneurs to learn about emerging products, do deals and undertake business. This is the sixth conference and this year's theme is 'Many routes, one destination'. Highlighting the may differents ways social finance can be drawn down but always resulting in an investment in an organisation. Click here to find out more.
This is the sixth year of Working Capital following highly successful conferences over the six years with over 800 delegates have attended Working Capital making it the largest Social Investment Conference outside London.

This year the venue is St Marys Conference Centre in Sheffield and takes place on the 10th May 

We had already confirmed as keynote Speakers:

Rt Hon Hazel Blears former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government now Chair of Social Investment Business will be our post lunch Keynote Speaker

Mark Bickford of FSE with Moneyline and Kevin Lloyd-Evans of Big Issue Invest will be speaking on the investment journey with their respective organisations
Cliff Prior, Chief Executive of Big Society Capital as our first keynote after a year in his new role.
Matt Smith CEO of Key Fund will be our closing Keynote Speaker
David Floyd MD of Social Spider will be speaking on quasi-equity investment. This is investment which doesn't have a set interest rate but acts like equity (shares) without taking an ownership stake in your enterprise.
You can see a full programme here - WORKING_CAPITAL_CONFERENCE_PROGRAMME and a list of our roundtables and facilitators here - Working_Capital_Café_Overview
The event is pay what you feel so you could pay as little as a pound for the day including lunch (suggested payment £30).

We will be focussing on new opportunities in Social Investment and how organisations can be supported to be finance ready to take on investment. We will be hearing mainly from investees about their journey from an idea to fruition and the challenges, pitfalls, unexpected bonuses and how you can navigate through the complex world of finance to have a successful outcome. The social enterprises and charities who have received investment will be joined by their investors who will chip and can answer questions with the investees.

We will also have an expanded marketplace and roundtables where you can chat to investors and support organisations learning more about how to get ready for social finance, what investors are looking for and how to sell your idea.

We have already got confirmed involvement from our event partners Big Society Capital as well as FSE, Charity Bank, Big Issue Invest, Unity Trust Bank, Key Fund, Resonance and Mutual Ventures. Last year we had 20 investors and Intermediaries at the event and expect the same this year.

For more info and to book click here.
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Get Social Finance Ready

Trading charities and social enterprises are increasingly looking to social finance to fund expansion, new projects and working capital. Social finance is new and hardly understood by many organisations.

  •  What is it?
  •  Where does it come from?
  •  How can you use it?
  •  How can you get it?

Are you thinking about developing something new or need working capital. Thought about grants, loans, bonds, crowdfunding, community shares or a mix of these forms of social finance.

Get Social Finance Ready will help you answer these questions.

Get Social Finance Ready is a 6 weeks’ programme targeting organisations looking to achieve social impact and profit; and senior staff or trustees with responsibility for project development and/or organisational management.

The first two sets of sessions are now booking.

Leeds on the following dates: 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb. For more info and booking click here

Sheffield on the following dates: 23rd March, 30th March, 6th April, 20th April, 27th April, 4th May. For more info and booking click here

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SEYH Conference and AGM 2016/17

Collaborating for Growth – Working together to grow Social Enterprises

Date: Thursday January 26th

Venue: Octagon Centre, Hull

This year's event takes place in Hull during its year as UK City of Culture -

Our theme will be looking at how we can work together as social enterprises and with the Private and Public Services.

We will release more speakers and a full programme in coming weeks but confirmed speakers so far are:

Peter McGurn, CEO, Goodwin Development Trust

Jim Lister, Head of Community Development, Interserve (Justice)

Interserve are the principle partner in the Community Rehabilitation Companies (Probation Services) in Humber, East, North and West Yorkshire.

The event will include interactive workshops, plenary discussions, showcases and a tour of Goodwin Community Homes new modular low carbon homes.

There will also be a themed session as part of the UK City of Culture highlighting the huge contribution of Social Enteprise to the UK Cultural Industries.

To book click here


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Social Enterprise Awards - The winners


Yorkshire and the Humber’s finest social businesses of 2016 have been chosen, these organisations combine the best of enterprise with a commitment to a social mission to aid local communities.

Social Enterprise Yorkshire and the Humber is pleased to announce our award winners for 2016. The awards were presented at the SEYH Awards Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 18th October at St Georges Centre in Leeds

The SEYH Award Winners for 2016 are:

Start-up of the Year: Affordable Justice

Social Impact of the Year: The Warren Youth Project

Social Investment of the Year: St Matthews House Ltd (Trading as The Art House)

Social Entrepreneur of the Year: Elliott Turnbull (The Works Skatepark)

Social Enterprise of the Year: Evolve: A Social Impact Company


Affordable Justice was established in response to the swingeing cuts to legal aid for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Affordable Justice want to ensure that women and children can access legal advice and representation by offering affordably-priced, non-profit making family law legal services, provided by qualified solicitors who are experts in this field.

The Warren provide support services, positive experiences, training and education and counselling to marginalised/vulnerable young people (10-25yrs), including those experiencing physical and mental health problems, in a safe and empowering environment. Their impact means Young People are listened to and get the support, space and time they need to feel empowered enough to ultimately take control of their lives.  This requires an environment where YP can be who you they are without feeling judged - we believe we create that place. The Warren has also launched Warren Records a record label for young people run by young people.

The Art House (registered name, St Matthew’s House) is a new charity in Sheffield, offering arts workshops, the city’s first community pottery, a café and an exhibition space. The purpose of the Art House is to enable the recovery of people with mental health problems and support the development of others living with disadvantage.

The Art House is the result of the £1.5m refurbishment of St Matthews House a semi-derelict grade 2 listed building in Sheffield’s city centre. The following social investment has enabled this building to become a stunning landmark offering high quality opportunities to the whole community. Art House received loans from Charity Bank, Vincent House and Key Fund which helped leverage grants from the European Regional Development Fund, Tudor Trust and Church Burgesses Trust.

Elliott Turnbull is the CEO of The Works Skatepark Charity. From its conception back in 2007 to the charity buying the business in 2012; Elliott has strived with passion, enthusiasm and dedication to make the facility available to all. There are two areas to the charity – the skatepark and the alternative provision. Elliott’s initial vision was to have the charity to buy a private business and run it as a social enterprise, pledging all profits to provide more facilities for local people. He managed to secure agrant from Jimbo’s Fund and raised the rest through The social Investment Business, allowing the charity to purchase the shares making it into a social enterprise. After doing this, very successfully (even though he had experience personal tragedy), he strived to grow the  works. From January 2014 he has created an Off-site provision for young people, which started with 1 young person and 2 employees, through his vision to help more young people it has grown to support 150 young people and 12 “educational” employees.

Evolve supports children growing up in the Digital Age. Physical Health and Emotional Wellbeing are under threat as never before with inactivity, obesity, Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and many Cancers the result – along with alarming, rising concerns about the mental health of children.

Evolve Health Mentors working in schools aim to reverse these negative trends by holistically bringing children to a happier, healthier and more successful space which, in turn, will provide the educational gains that the system demands.

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