A Bridge to Social Investment

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FREE event


Join the Essex Partnership at A Bridge to Social Investment: a conference for charities and social enterprises to celebrate the thriving social enterprise sector in Essex and learn about the opportunities social investment can bring.


If your organisation needs to develop its trading activities or is planning to grow, come and explore how different forms of social investment could help you achieve greater social impact.


Presentations from an exciting line-up of national speakers, discussions in a series of workshops and opportunities to meet providers of social finance.




9.30 am: Registration, coffee, networking


10.00am: Opening Plenary: Social Enterprise and Essex

Welcome and Intro:

An Essex County Councillor, representingGEBB, Greater Essex Business Board and SELEP

Overview of the Essex Social Investment Programme

Peter Holbrook, CEO SEUK

Rising to the challenges facing our communities - thinking outside the box

Adam Bryan, Managing Director of SELEP

SELEP aspirations for #socent moving forward

Nicky Stevenson, SEEE Board member and author of Inside Social Enterprise: Looking to the Future

Headlines from recent research investigating the social enterprise sector in Essex

Q & A

10.55: Social Enterprise - starting the dialogue ….

Contribute to Essex's future vision on social enterprise

Paul Dodson, Essex County CouncilHead of Commissioning, Growing Essex: Economic Growth & Communities

Rob Randall, Chair of Social Enterprise Partnership, Cumbria - the Cumbria experience


11.10: Round table discussion (with coffee!)

Round table discussions - debate exploring the future development and support for social enterprise in Essex

Feedback and round up from the morning sessions


12.05 - 12.45am: Social investment- Benefits of social investment

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

Robert Pollock, Director Social Finance - Social Investment in Action

Q & A


12.45 pm: Lunch, networking, exhibitors

Meet a range of investors at their stands during lunch break and/or network with your peers

(Advisors from The Funding and Investment Team and the Innovation and Sector Development Team from Essex County Council will also be available)


13.40pm: Workshops Round 1

  • Workshop 1: Big Potential - Getting Investment Ready
  • Workshop 2: Access Foundation Seb Elsworth: Growth and Reach Funds - What can these programme offer?
  • Workshop 3: Impact Measurement -evidencing your social value
  • Workshop 4: Crowdfunding - Spacehive - an alternative approach to raising money - quickly


14.35pm : Workshops Round 2

As above - repeated


15.30pm - What next?

Invitation to be part of Essex Partnership's Social Investment Development Programme

Building a thriving social enterprise sector in Essex

Paul Dodson, Essex County Council, Head of Commissioning, Growing Essex: Economic Growth & Communities

Andy Brady, Senior Lecturer, 3rd Sector Futures, Anglia Ruskin University


15.45pm: Close


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