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Harnessing the full potential of social enterprises for public services and to meet local needs

Event Date: 25.05.2022 |Time: 9.30-17.30 |Location: Clothworkers' Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7AH |Categories: Events, Featured |Tags: , ,

Learning together

Working on new ideas

To book please click here (link generates an email)

Join us for this special event in central London aimed at:

  • Commissioners and decision makers in local public authorities
  • Social Enterprise leaders
  • Funders and investors

Set against the context of the consequences of the Covid pandemic and the unprecedented economic and social challenges faced by communities across the country, this seminar will explore how public bodies can harness the full potential of social enterprises as purpose-aligned partners to the public sector.

Participants will:

  • Get ideas, learning and new connections to support the development of new approaches to challenges in key service areas such as: adult social care, children’s services, public health and homelessness.
  • Reflect with public sector colleagues, social enterprise leaders and external funders on these issues, exploring learning from case studies that have addressed a specific challenge and how those involved have overcome the barriers involved in developing a new solution.
  • Work with others to develop an ambitious vision to grow the social enterprise market/provider base.

Through cases studies, expert commentary and interactive discussions, participants will explore how social enterprises can bring intrinsic social value, agility and innovation, and how they can work with public sector commissioners in relational partnerships at scale to meet the needs of people and communities. It will also examine how the right kind of social investment can help in achieving shared outcomes and wider social impact.

Case studies include:

  • Sirona CIC – one of the UK’s largest social enterprises delivering community health and care services in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset
  • Plymouth City Council – relational approaches to commissioning with social enterprises, including complex needs, wellbeing and children’s services
  • Catalyst Choices CIC – working with Halton Borough Council and CCG
  • Rotherham Rise – using social investment to build capacity in supporting survivors of domestic abuse and sexual exploitation
  • P3 – working with West Lyndsey District Council to transform blighted, privately owned social housing into sustainable housing for the community, using social investment

Building on the E3M philosophy of “learning together”, the event is based on interactive table discussions with other delegates. You will be allocated to a mixed group including colleagues who are: commissioners, social enterprise leaders and funders to explore issues throughout the day.

So come prepared for active participation!


9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction

Plan for the day, table introductions and opening speaker.

10.00 The social enterprise difference

Exploring how social enterprises bring intrinsic social value, innovation and agility to the provision of services.

11.30 Break

11.45 Working in partnership

What are public authorities looking for and how do social enterprises work with public bodies in relational partnerships?

13.15 Lunch and networking

14.00 How can the right kind of social investment make a difference?

When and how social investment can really make a different in supporting social enterprise innovation and partnership working between social enterprises and public authorities.

15.30 Break

16.00 A vision for the future

A chance for participants to draw together the learning from the previous sessions and review how it might be applied to developing new approaches to their own challenges and opportunities, and to explore how together we can grow the social enterprise market. This session will end with a panel discussion about what public authorities can do to harness the full potential of social enterprise.

17.30 End

Confirmed speakers include:
Julian Blake, Partner, Stone King
Jonathan Bland, Managing Director, Social Business International
Gemma Bukel, Director of Strategy & Innovation, P3
Tej Dhami, Managing Director, The Change Co-efficient
Eddie Finch, Partner, Buzzacott
David Osborne, CEO, Catalyst Choices
Julie Sharma, Acting CEO, Sirona care & health C.I.C.
Rachel Silcock, Community Empowerment Operational Lead, Trading Standards & Health Improvement, Plymouth City Council
Gordon Wilmott, Head of Market: Third Sector, Health & Hazardous, Zurich Financial Services
Chris Wright, CEO, Catch22
Sue Wynne, CEO, Rotherham Rise

We are really looking forward to welcoming people back to our first in-person E3M public event for over two years. Places are strictly limited, so you are advised to book early.

E3M members £175+VAT
Social enterprises and public bodies £225+VAT
Other/Private Sector £325+VAT

Please email Claire Williamson to request a booking form.