On this page you’ll find the latest events taking place in new and existing Social Enterprise Places from town drives to networking events.

Croydon Social Enterprise Networking Event – 31 July

Croydon is recognised as a ‘hot bed’ for Social Enterprise and has the honour of being a Social Enterprise ‘Place’ under the Social Enterprise UK (SE UK) programme.

Croydon Council and SEUK are collaborating with our partners to provide this free networking event. Social Entrepreneurs are invited to come together and network over a drink and some nibbles in a relaxed friendly environment. You will also hear from experts supporting Social Enterprises locally and nationally.

Whether you are an experienced social entrepreneur, an enthusiastic startup, or simply have a fantastic idea for the next great social enterprise, we would love to see you at our networking event. Come along and share your passion for changing your community for the better.

It is a great chance to meet like-minded people, share ideas, successes and challenges. This is a terrific opportunity to learn from and connect with fellow social entrepreneurs, community leaders, and relevant actors from public, private, and third sectors.

  • Connect with other members of the Social Enterprise Community to share ideas and explore opportunities
  • Catch up with fellow social entrepreneurs for encouragement and to share progress or achievements
  • Hear from our Corporate Challenge partners and Finance providers who are available to answer your questions
  • Gain valuable feedback from the experience of other social enterprise case studies

Find out more and register here.

What does being a Social Enterprise County mean for us? Cumbria – 5 July

To celebrate Cumbria’s accreditation as a Social Enterprise County, Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership are holding an event to discuss what it means for the county and how we can make the most of gaining this status. Speakers will include Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK and Grant Hayward from Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership who will talk about what being a Social Enterprise County has meant for Oxfordshire. A representative from Sellafield’s Social Corporate Responsibility team will also be talking about their newly published Social Impact Strategy, which aims to enable resilient economies and support thriving communities. 

Find out more and register here.

Social Enterprise Summit – 24 April

A day of workshops, seminars and keynote speakers from the world of social business exploring how rural and urban places support social enterprises, the impact of devolution, movement building, procurement and place-based support.

Guests include Aditya Chakrabortty, Senior Economics Commentator at the Guardian and there will be workshops run by SEUK Places including Plymouth and Alston Moor, local social enterprises and support organisations. To find out more click here. The event will also be used to announce our new sponsor for the Social Enterprise Places Programme and will kick start a renewed focus on how social enterprises can drive change at a local level.

Trading For Good on the Yorkshire Coast – 26 April

The Yorkshire Coast is one of the newest additions to the Social Enterprise Places family and we’ll be officially announcing its status as a Social Enterprise Zone at this event on 26 April. The Zone stretches from Whitby in the North to Bridlington in the South and around 30 miles inland, encompassing coastal resorts, market towns and rural villages. Speakers will include SEUK’s Peter Holbrook as well as the CEO of the Key Fund, Matt Smith. More information can be found here.

Building on Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter developments, Birmingham is the latest City to join the Social Enterprise Places initiative. It is hosting a whole week of events across the city from art exhibits and advice on finance to a masterclass with the CEO of Divine Chocolate, Sophi Tranchell who’ll be judging eight bakes! You can download the full programme of events here

The Places Programme is supported by NatWest