The North East’s first ever knowledge exchange for social enterprise
The Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside have been working collaboratively to promote and support social enterprise in the North East over the past year. We know that the region can become a leader for social entrepreneurship and we are gathering key stakeholders, such as yourself, to celebrate achievements so far and look to the future of our regional social enterprise support infrastructure.
The five Universities would like to invite you to participate in the region’s first ever knowledge exchange for social enterprise.
We will be hosting a morning of high-quality discussion, led by a panel of national and regional experts, taking a look at social enterprise support ‘ecosystems’ at different levels (national, regional, municipal and community level). You will then have the chance to question our panel of experts on how to cultivate social entrepreneurship, how the region can further support the sector and what the future holds for social enterprise in the North East.
Dr Caroline Bucklow – Senior Knowledge Exchange Officer, Oxford University
Andrea Winders – Executive Director of Enterprise Development, Sunderland City Council
Tim Kielty – Special Projects Manager, New Prospects (Whitley Bay)
Karen Wood – Chief Executive, North East Social Enterprise Partnership (NESEP)
Robert Ashton, The Barefoot Entrepreneur
After lunch you will hear from two of the UK’s best known social entrepreneurs. Firstly, Robert Ashton, best-selling author of Sales for Non-Salespeople and How To Be A Social Entrepreneur. Robert will share the trials and tribulations of being a social entrepreneur and what it means to achieve social impact AND sustainability. Robert will also be available for short surgery appointments (see below), please indicate your interest on the registration form.
Susan Aktemel, Founder, Homes For Good CIC
We are also delighted to be hearing from award-winning social entrepreneur, Susan Aktemel, founder of the charitable social enterprise, Impact Arts, and the innovative letting agency, Homes for Good CIC. In 2011 Susan was named Social Enterprise Leader by the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, and had the honour of winning the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 in the social category. In 2012 she was named the Global Business Leader of the Year by Ogunte, which promotes female social entrepreneurs across the world.
The Big Social will conclude with networking and a chance to meet 1-2-1 with a business advisor, social investor and Robert Ashton in one of our bookable afternoon social enterprise surgeries.
The Big Social will be providing delegates access to short 1-2-1 meetings with social enterprise experts. However please express your interest on your Eventbrite registration form in order to book a 10-15 minute appointment.
Steve Camm – Business Development Manager, North East Social Enterprise Partnership
Steve is Business Development Manager at the North East Social Enterprise Partnership. He helps businesses through incorporation into the right legal structure and improves their performance and sustainability once established. He is currently a Director of South Tyneside Gymnastics and Well Being Centre CIC.
Rod Jones – Regional Investment Manager, Big Issue Invest
Rod has been an independent Consultant since the end of 1999, when he left Barclays, as Regional Retail Director of their North West Region. Rod is the former Chair of a focus group for Newcastle New Deal for Communities, President and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Justice of the Peace. Rod was a founder of Financial Inclusion Newcastle Limited.
Robert Ashton – The Barefoot Entrepreneur
Robert Ashton helps individuals, organisations and communities achieve greater, positive social impact through achieving economic self-sufficiency. He’s been described as a ‘disruptive innovator’, because he challenges the status quo, not for the sake of it, but because it enables him to reach the goal he can usually clearly see. Robert is also a best-selling business author. He has the intelligence and experience to see through the fear and fluster and sensitively deliver success. Something he does time and time again.
This ground-breaking event will give you the opportunity to meet key stakeholders from the nation’s expanding network of social entrepreneurs and support organisations.