Thoughts on Social Enterprise Exchange

 A Sunny Day in Glasgow

We recently journeyed to a sun-soaked Glasgow for Social Enterprise Exchange, a conference hosted by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and Social Enterprise Scotland which saw 1,200 followers converge to debate, discuss and do business.

Speakers at the event included Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civic Society, Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary and Sophi Tranchell of international co-operative Divine Chocolate.

There were over 150 stalls at the event, including our very own Shop for Change, launching the first of our pop-up shops selling exclusive brownies made by social enterprise Frost and Snow.

The lunchtime plenary ‘good business and how to do it’ examined at the role of social enterprise after the world financial crisis, leading to discussion on the populist idea of ‘responsible capitalism’. Panelist Sophi Tranchell called for business models based on involving workers in decision-making and generating profits for many people not few, challenging corporates to adopt social enterprise approaches saying: “they can join us if they want to.” She also  commented that mainstream businesses should report on their social impact so that customers could make responsible decisions when choosing whether or not to buy their products.

Lunch was provided by our vegetarian friends ChangeKitchen along with a selection of Scottish social enterprise caterers.

View the video of the event here


Social Enterprise Exchange 2012 from Social Enterprise Live on Vimeo.