The future for the VCSE sector is looking tough, traditional forms of income such as grants are being squeezed as never before. VCSE leaders need a new set of skills to meet these new challenges. Innovation is the key to success and sustainability and SURGE gives you practical tools to develop your own growth plan based your own strengths and assets.

This intensive enterprise accelerator programme provides a unique mix of academic expertise from Coventry University, business specialists and leading social entrepreneurs who have achieved their own growth success.

Surge gives you a better understanding of the 4 key elements you need to build sustainable growth:

  • People: How to create a team with the skill set to generate and sustain growth
  • Money: Understanding where to get investment from
  • Opportunity: Where do the opportunities for growth lie for you
  • Social Value: How to identify and articulate social value

    Speakers to include:
  • Richard Beard – CEO, The Jericho Foundation
  • Professor Gideon Maas – Director of International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship at Coventry University
  • Melanie Mills – Social Sector Engagement Director at Big Society Capital

Fee: £650 plus VAT to cover course fees, accommodation and meals.

For more information and booking form contact Keith Jeffrey, [email protected]

Previous attendees to SURGE said:


Thank you for a wonderful three days…I loved the energy and the support that was created in the room. It was great to connect with like-minded people.”- Jo-Anne Fisher, Sociability Care

“Thank you for such a great piece of training. …This is the first time I have ever come away from training and revisited my notes highlighting things I don't want to forget. Thank you so much.” - Fiona Greenfield, Relate Mid Thames and Buckinghamshire

“Thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring course full of useful detail and background content. - Simon Collinge, Emmaus Hull