SED 2021 | STRONGER TOGETHER Conference

It’s time for the West Midlands social enterprise movement to join together and collaborate our way to growth. Find your opportunity to grow… Our sector challenge as a Social Enterprise City is to double our combined turnover in ten years!

By attending this conference, you will hear about new social business opportunities, step change for growth, get insight into how you can turn an opportunity into income and profit (profit means increased social value!) and get some practical advice to support your social business growth.

This conference is for:

> Social enterprises, charities, community businesses, co-operatives and those keen to develop their social business

> Business support and infrastructure organisations

> Public sector including local authority, health, blue light services

> Place-based initiatives

> Regeneration specialists

> Housing associations and social housing providers

> Universities and higher education organisations

> Social finance and finance institutions

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On behalf of all our STRONGER TOGETHER speakers, supporters and sponsors we are delighted to share the conference agenda of expert speakers, knowledge-based sessions, sector panels and innovative social entrepreneurs. 

AGENDA


08.30  MEET UP and explore the online Conference space


09.10  GROWTH – FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE!

This is our time to turn social enterprise growth from theory to practice – a panel discussion chaired by Peter Holbrook CBE (CEO, Social Enterprise UK) and including Claire Dove CBE (Crown Representative, VCSE) and Claire Spencer (Acting Head of Inclusive Growth & Public Service Reform, West Midlands Combined Authority).


 10.00  CHAT & REFRESH


10.10  YOU WANT TO GROW, BUT HOW?

An insightful and practical panel session with Q&A exploring the different perspectives of enterprise growth and shared knowledge of how to achieve it. Chaired by social impact specialist Heidi Fisher (Founder, Make An Impact CIC) and including social enterprise specialist Karen Leigh Anderson (Business Advisor, Cambridge Judge Business School) along with Alastair Wilson (CEO, School for Social Entrepreneurs) and Dionne Williams (Managing Director, Forward Carers CIC).


10.55  CHAT & REFRESH


11.15  EXPERIENCES OF GROWTH AND SUCCESS: IF THEY CAN, YOU CAN!

Hear from leading social entrepreneurs who have gone through significant growth stages as our panel share a candid conversation about ‘what we didn’t know, but wish we had’. Facilitated by Janet Gray (MD, Feed My Creative CIC) and a panel of 4 established social enterprises: Citizen Coaching CICSport4Life, Wild Oyster CIC and Rising Stars Property Solutions CIC.


12.00  CHAT & REFRESH


12.10  PLACES, NETWORKS & PARTNERSHIPS

As the country, economy and communities look to re-build, our discussion explores social business as the new way of doing business, how does it work and, more importantly, why does it work. Chairing is Sarah Crawley OBE (CEO, iSE CIC) with our panel of experts: Nick Plumb (Policy Manager, Power to Change), Tony Armstrong (CEO, Locality) and Simon Wilson (CEO,  The Pioneer Group).


12.55  CHAT & REFRESH


13.30  REBOOT: ACCESSING MARKETS & OPPORTUNITIES

Birmingham and the West Midlands has a wealth of opportunities for the social enterprise sector. How do we lever market potential and create greater social value through the supply chain for projects such as Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and HS2? Chaired by Sarah Crawley OBE (CEO, iSE CIC) and including experts insights from Tim Landreth (Birmingham Buy Social), Ben Howells (CEO, Living Well UK) and Laura Marney (Social Entrepreneur Support Manager, UnLtd).


14.20  NETWORKING & COMFORT BREAK


14.30  GROWTH: THE PRACTICAL STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW!

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to understand and explore key factors for your enterprise growth environment. Practical information and advice on the differences between consultancy versus coaching versus support and levering your ‘who do I know’ networks. Workshop will be led by Karen Lynch (CEO, Expert Impact) along with Lee Mannion (Head of Communications, Expert Impact) and Gabriela Matouskova (CEO, Hope 4 the Community CIC).


15.15  ‘STRONGER TOGETHER’ CLOSING REMARKS

Sarah Crawley OBE shares her reflections on SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DRIVE 2021, the growth of the social enterprise sector and how we can look to real-time opportunities as we build back better, as social enterprises and as an economic regional powerhouse for innovation and growth.


15.30  SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NETWORKING

Join us, colleagues, peers and attendees to catch up with people in the sector, make new connections and to expand your networks in this open session delivered in our virtual venue.


16.30  CONFERENCE & NETWORKING CLOSE


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With our thanks to all our SOCIAL ENTERPRISE DRIVE 2021 sponsors and supporters

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