Working Capital 2015

Working Capital Conference 2015

Wednesday 18th March, Unity Works Wakefield

Working Capital is a Social Investment Conference designed to bring together the leading exponents in Social Investment with Social Enterprises and Social Enterpreneurs to learn about emerging products, do deals and undertake business. This is the fourth conference and this year's theme is 'The Journey'.

Our Keynote speakers are Sam Tarff, Chief Executive of Key Fund and Nick O'Donohoe, Chief Executive of Big Society Capital

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 sucesful challenge. The social enterprises and charities who have recieved 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 a cafe style session where you can chat to investors and others looking for investment on themed tables about what is on offer and how you can access it or just learn more about social finance in general.

We have already got confirmed involvement from our event partners Big Society Capital and Key Fund as well as FSE, Charity Bank, Big Issue Invest, NESTA, LGT Venture Philanthropy and UnLtd with more to be confirmed.

The venue is Unity Works a new social enterprise grade II listed venue in Wakefield whose main hall has a 250 delegate capacity theatre style – our biggest venue yet.

Book at Eventbrite.


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SEYH Conference and AGM


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 
SEYH can now confirm our full line-up of Keynote Speakers at this year's conference on the theme of the global social economy which will take place on November 20th at York St John University.
Margaret Sentamu - Director of Traidcraft

Margaret is a Non-Executive Director of Traidcraft, which fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives.
Her background is in recruitment and selection in the private, public and voluntary sectorand she is also a Non-executive directorship with the Leeds & York Partnership NHS Mental health Trust and on the Advisory Board of the Bradford School of Business Management.

Her interests are mainly in the areas of health, education and poverty, and particularly in empowering women in the Global South.  She and her husband have lived in Yorkshire for the past nine years.

Sophie Jewett - MD of York Cocoa House

Sophie Jewett is Managing Director of York Cocoa House, a chocolate experience cafe and retail outlet in York which is currently in the process of converting to being a Social Enterprise. Sophie has recently been listed in Insider 42 Under 42 and is a member of Leeds City Region's Business and Innovation Growth Panel.
Saioa Arando of Mondragon Corporation who works in the research department of Mondragon which is the world's largest Co-operative. Saioa will be co-presenting with Margaret Meredith and Catalina Quiroz of Erasmus Mundus at York St John University.
The day will also include workshops, networking and the SEYH AGM.
Tickets are just £20 (20% discount for Membrs of the SEYH Paid Membership Scheme)
For full details and how to book visit our booking site
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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 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
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