A Bridge to Social Investment

A Bridge to Social investment: A conference for charities and social enterprise took place on Friday 19th May 2017 at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.


Flyer for the event


SEEE was commissioned by Essex Partnership to organise this event which was further sponsored by Big Society Capital and Social Investment Business. 


The event was a great success with 100+ delegates attending from a range of organisations including the public sector and VCSE sector.  It aimed to help those organisation that need to develop their trading activities or planning to grow, to and explore how different forms of social investment could help them achieve greater social impact.


There were presentations from an exciting line up of national speakers, a series of workshops and opportunities to meet provider of social finance


Presentations on the day are listed below:


Councillor Kevin Bentley(member of Greater Essex Business Board and SELEP)-Welcome and Introduction


Peter Holbrook, CEO SEUK -Rising to the challenges facing our communities - ppt


Adam Bryan, Managing Director of SELEP -SELEP aspirations for #socent moving forward -ppt


Nicky Stevenson, SEEE -Headlines from recent research investigating the social enterprise sector in Essex -ppt


Key findings from research - 2 page summary


Paul Dodson, Head of Commissioning, Growing Essex: Economic Growth & Communities -Essex future vision for social enterprise -ppt


Rob Randell,Chair of Social Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria -the Cumbria experience - ppt


Melanie Mills, Big Society Capital -Demystifying social investment for your organisation -ppt


Robert Pollock, Director Social Finance -Social Investment in Action - examples of where it has worked - ppt


  • Workshop 1: Chris McBride, SIB & Chris Greenhill, Eastside Primetimers -Getting Investment Ready - ppt
  • Workshop 2: Seb Elsworth, Access Foundation -Growth and Reach Funds- ppt
  • Workshop 3: Nicky Stevenson, SEEE  -Impact Measurement-evidencing your social value -ppt
  • Workshop 4: Aoife Herr, Spacehive - Crowdfunding -an alternative approach to raising money - quickly - ppt


Paul Dodson, Head of Commissioning, Growing Essex: Economic Growth & Communities -What next? Building a thriving social enterprise sector in Essex


Andy Brady, Senior Lecturer, 3rd Sector Futures, Anglia Ruskin University - A Bridge to Social Investment Development Programme -ppt


 Exhibitors on the day (with thanks) included:

Access Foundation 

Big Issue Invest

Social Investment Business


Big Society Capital

Charity Bank

CAF Venturesome

Essex County Council - Funding and Investment support

Social Finance