At the end of January, we were delighted to host a visit from a delegation from Myanmar. In collaboration with the British Council and our friends at Social Enterprise Europe (SEE), NESEP have been working towards an exchange of learning and best practice in social entrepreneurship, helping to export some of the many lessons and experiences gained in the North East’s thriving social enterprise landscape. This forms part of a wider British Council pilot project in business and investment readiness across a range of countries.
Accompanied by NESEP’s own Karen Wood and Steve Camm, as well as SEE’s Cliff Southcombe, Myanma visitors Myo Than Tun, Khin Thet Maw, Win Htet Maung and Mi Mi Myo were taken on a tour of some of the fantastic social enterprises we have in the North East. They visited the Live Theatre, the South Tyneside Gymnastics Centre, the Customs House, and enjoyed a meal in The Broad Chare.
It wasn’t just a social call, of course — through visiting the social enterprises, and through a talk by NESEP and a positive workshop discussion, ideas and experiences were shared that will inform plans for future work between NESEP, SEE, the BC and social entrepreneurs in Myanmar, to help promote social enterprise and build all the opportunities that go with it.