On 12th September 2018, Michael Sheen will attend the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2018 in Edinburgh, to address an international audience of 1,200 delegates working in or supporting social enterprises.

Michael Sheen, who is famed for his roles in Hollywood Films Twilight, Tron and Underworld, has become increasingly well-known for his passion in campaigning for community rights, social and economic welfare on his home soil in Wales and the UK.

SEWF 2018 will run from 12-14 September at the Edinburgh International Convention Centre and will feature some of the world’s leading organisations working to tackle global social and environmental issues aligned to the international Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

Commenting on the event Sheen said,

“I am delighted to participate in this event with people who are passionate about tackling poverty, addressing inequality, and seeking social justice. Social enterprises are fundamental to this and I look forward to engaging with local and international social enterprises and their inspirational leaders.”

Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) are hosting SEWF 2018, a decade after hosting the first SEWF in 2008.  There will be a week-long programme of activities including study tours where delegates can visit local social enterprises throughout Scotland including the Highland and Islands as well as transit programmes in London and Dublin.

Gerry Higgins, CEO for CEIS commented

“We are thrilled to confirm Michael as a keynote speaker at the event. As a social enterprise ambassador Michael can bring social enterprise awareness to a broad audience, including people who will become social enterprise customers, employees and volunteers. One of the aims of this forum is to get the general public involved in social enterprise and Michaels support is critical to achieving this.”

Contact Info / Press Passes

For more information or to request a press pass or an interview during the conference please contact:

Jess Gildener

07751 551527  /  [email protected]

About Social Enterprises

Social Enterprises are businesses who have a clear social or environmental mission and reinvest or give away their profits to support their mission. They play an important role in combatting inequality - they reduce poverty, build food systems, celebrate diversity, promote Indigenous culture, meet health needs, create employment opportunities for those with disadvantages, deliver community owned energy and address environmental issues and social exclusion.

About Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF)

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) was established in 2008 by national social enterprise support agencies seeking a means to advance social enterprise development globally. Bringing together social enterprise practitioners, support agencies, investors, public, private and government representatives, the inaugural event in Edinburgh in 2008 provided a platform to bring together social enterprise leaders and champions from all continents to collaborate, share best practice and plan future developments.

The event quickly gained momentum and recognition as a springboard for progressing the sector and establishing global relations; stimulating local agencies to bid to host the event. The event has since traversed the globe taking place in San Francisco in 2009, Melbourne in 20120, Johannesburg in 2011, Rio de Janeiro in 2012, Calgary in 2013, Seoul in 2014, Milan in 2015, Hong Kong in 2016, Christchurch in 2017 before returning to Edinburgh in 2018.

After a decade that has seen the social enterprise movement experience exponential growth, our forum in Edinburgh will look at progress over the last ten years, while establishing a vision for the future.

For further info, visit www.sewfonline.com and www.sewf2018.org

About CEIS

Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) was established in 1984. Our vision is to make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy. To realise this CEIS engages with businesses and communities to build capacity and to address inequality. Our social enterprise support is internationally recognised and this work is complemented by business finance, employability services, event management, social research and asset based community development. Our clients include individuals seeking employment, businesses requiring support and public bodies interested in social change.

Learn more at www.ceis.org.uk