Working Capital Conference 2014

Working Capital 2014 will be held on the 28th February at The Tetley in Leeds

Tickets can be purchased at




9.45-9.50: WELCOME

Alex Sobel, SEYH 


Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer, Big Society Capital

Interviewed by

Paul Schofield, Cabinet Office

10.20-10.45: The Impact of Investment

Clara Barby, Bridges Ventures

10.45-11.30: Morning Debate

The Shape of the Social Investment Market

Social Investment is no longer for traditional Social Enterprises but increasingly For Profit Social Businesses are also eligible. A range of major funds are already here and more are in the pipeline. How is the market developing and will Social Businesses have an affect on how it is shaped? Is the Investment Readiness Funding really helping get organisations to take risk capital? Is Impact Measurement and Reporting the biggest challenge as legal structures become less of a criteria? How we can ensure more supply means more and better quality deals? Who still isn’t able to access the market?

This is your chance to ask the panel and make your voice heard on the new Social Investment Marketplace.

Matt Smith, Fund Manager, Big Lottery Fund

Clara Barby, Bridges Ventures

Malcom Wrigley, Chair, Ecology Building Society and Partner, Wrigleys Solicitors

Val Jones, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise North West

Chair: Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos


11.30-11.45: Coffee Break



1. What is Social Investment?

The Social Investment Market is undoubtedly growing. We are seeing more institutional funding being driven by Big Society Capital. What are the different forms of Social Investment and how can you access them. Hear from Big Society Capital and one of their Investees.

Geetha Rabindrakumar, Social Sector Leader, Big Society Capital

Ritchard Brazil, DERIC

2. Investment from the Ground Up – Community Shares and Community Assets

The Social Investment Market is undoubtedly growing. We are seeing more institutional funding being driven by Big Society Capital but also a growth in community shares, crowd funding and community asset transfer. How can the community and community assets be involved in Social Enterprise Development? Where is the market going? Join this workshop for a bit of future gazing!

Simon Borkin, Co-operatives UK

Natalie Pinon, SASC

3. Can social value help you make better decisions and grow your enterprise?

With new forms of finance and the Social Value Act measuring Social Value is becoming increasingly important. How can information from measuring social value be utilised by organisations and managers to make better decisions alongside satisfying stakeholders? Social Enterprises are also facing the challenge of how they retain and scale their Social Impact as they expand. Guy from CASA will talk about how CASA has overcome this challenge as they grew out of their founding base in Sunderland.

Marcus Hulme, Social Impact Director, Big Society Capital

Guy Turnbull, Care And Share Associates


12.45-13.45: LUNCH BREAK

13.45-14.15: TBC


14.15 – 14.45: Liverpool City Region Local Impact Fund

Val Jones, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise North West

Seb Elsworth, Director of Partnerships and Communications, Social Investment Business


14.45-15.15: Making Impact through Investment


Simon Evill, Head of Ventures, Clearly So

Simon identifies and builds relationships with ambitious social businesses and enterprises who are poised for growth and are looking for sound advice and access to socially and environmentally motivated investors to help them grow and magnify their social impact. He will be speaking about how investment has supported the growth of social impact in Clearly So’s investees.

15.15-15.25: CLOSING REMARKS 

Sam Tarff, Chief Executive, Key Fund


Conference Partners



Also supported by






SEYH Property Brokerage


SEYH are delighted to be working with Paul Hammond Associates to provide properties for Meanwhile Use to Social Enterprises at no cost.

Paul Hammond Associates manage properties on behalf of landlords who are unable to let them. The properties are retail, office and light industrial.

The initiative works due to the savings a landlord can make in terms of business rates and insurance costs, a portion of which the landlord donates back to the occupying organisation to cover their costs.

The only downside is that Paul Hammond can't guarantee the length of tenancy but it is in excess of 12 months on average with 2 weeks’ notice to quit.



SEYH will list the properties on the property section of the website and twice a month list all the current vacancies in the newsletter. There will also be two deadlines a month to apply (Download an application Form Here: Property_Application.doc) and after each deadline SEYH will check the applications and choose the most suitable using the following criteria:


-          Eligibility for Business Rate Relief

-          Property Use

-          Viability of Enterprise

-          Geography

-          Track Record


If a relationship is brokered an invoice will be issued only at this stage.


SEYH will also have a list of prefered suppliers for complimentary services such as Furniture and Insurance.


Administration Charges




Up to 500 Square Feet £100


500 to 1000 Square Feet £250


Over 1000 Square Feet £500




Up to 1000 Square Feet £100


Up to 2000 Square Feet £250


Over 2000 Square Feet £500


Light Industrial/Warehouse


Up to 1500 Square Feet £100


1500 to 5000 Square Feet £500

Over 5000 Square Feet £750













SEYH Conference and AGM 2013

Social Business and Social Enterprise – Brothers in Arms or Relative Strangers?

The Theme of the conference for 2013 is how can Social Enterprise best utilise it’s relationship with private sector and what role does Social Business play in the changing environment for Social Enterprise.

Friday 22nd November Priory St Centre, York
The Theme of the conference for 2013 is how can Social Enterprise best utilise it’s relationship with private sector and what role does Social Business play in the changing environment’s for Social Enterprise.
Keynote Speakers include
David Adair – Head of Community Affairs, PwC
Jonathan Straight - Chief Executive, Straight PLC
Tim Frenneaux - Enterprise Partnership Manager, Business Inspired Growth 
Workshops include
Can social value help you make better decisions and grow your enterprise?
What is Social Business anyway?
Where’s the value in a corporate relationship?
Public, Private and Social Enterprise working together
Following Lunch the SEYH AGM will take place which will be preceeded by a presentation from Inspired Youth
For more details and to book tickets or stands please go to
If you are interested in standing for Election as a Director of SEYH please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Supported by
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Conference Partner
Priory Street Centre
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SEYH Award Winners
SEYH working with Social Enterprise North West and Locality are running a major conference on Public Sector Spin-Offs on 3rd October at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.
The conference aims to give delegates from the public, private and social enterprise sector an in-depth day dealing with  decisions, contracting, TUPE, team skills and cultural issues in relation to spin-offs.
Social Enterprise Yorkshire & the Humber are delighted to announce the winners of this year's SEYH Awards.
Start up of the Year
Enabled Works
Social Impact
Key Changes - Unlocking Women's Potential
Sponsored by
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
Darren Padgett
Sponsored by
Social Enterprise of the Year
Disabillity Action Yorkshire
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