Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark project Rummelig Genstart hosted a webinar Successful English Social Enterprise Partnerships with Corporates Thursday 17 March 2022.
You can see the webinar here
Background for the webinar.
England is one of the countries in the world with the most growing sector for social enterprises. This applies both in relation to political interest and in relation to the activities initiated by various actors to support social enterprises. This includes e.g. social investment, support schemes and accelerator and competency programs. The UK also has one of the world’s strongest advocates and member organizations for social enterprises – Social Enterprise UK, which has done a great job of building partnerships between social enterprises and private enterprises.
At the event there was presentations from inspiring examples of English social enterprises that have formed successful partnerships with traditional private enterprises.
Also Social Enterprise UK’s work to promote partnerships between corporates and social enterprises through their Buy Social Corporate Challenge campaign was presented.
The webinar is useful if you want to have further knowledge on how social enterprises and corporates can build partnerships, that can create large positive impact.
Also the webinar gives you insight in effective social enterprise business models that work really well in terms on creating positive impact.
More information on the three presenters:
Mark Gale, founder and Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust
Mark Gale is a former UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He has previously advised government on social inclusion, and been a national board member of the housing charity Shelter.
Gloucester Services is pioneering model of social investment, bringing to life the vision of residents of Gloucester housing estate and turning the nearby motorway into an asset through the creation of sustainable jobs and income.
The partnership between the Westmorland Family and the community development charity Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, both of whom have a stake in the business, is a great example that when companies and charities work together, they are able to create greater value than they would be able to create individually.
Gloucester Services has exceeded its charitable goals and created over 400 jobs, employing over 80 people specifically from ‘target’ communities. Making communities more resilient and supporting residents to develop their employability skills and become job ready is a goal for both the charity and the company.
The partnership is also an example of a social enterprise model that creates social value locally on a large scale.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust: www.gloucestershiregatewaytrust.org.uk
Gloucester Services: www.gloucesterservices.com
Dr. Mick Jackson, Founder and CEO of The WildHearts Group
Mick Jackson is a serial entrepreneur, author, ex chart-topping rock singer and the founder of The WildHearts Group – a portfolio of companies committed to creating global social change. To date, WildHearts have transformed over 1,500,000 lives globally.
Mick’s work has been recognised globally; he has received numerous honorary doctorates, been EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year and is the second only recipient of the highly prestigious Babson Social Innovation Award from the world’s top school in entrepreneurship.
The WildHearts Group is a portfolio of companies committed to creating global social change. WildHearts has been recognised as a world leading B2B social enterprise, is Carbon Neutral, a B-Corp and a signatory to the United Nations’ Global Compact. Its activities address over 50% of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it is recognised as one of the top 100 global businesses addressing the SDGs.
The WildHearts Group delivers office consumables business services, document management and purpose-driven talent development programmes to companies such as Nestlé, SAP, Barclays and Zurich. All its social and environmental initiatives are supported by the profits and activities from WildHearts’ businesses.
Find out more, here: https://www.wildheartsgroup.com
Jennifer Exon, Director of Business and Enterprise at Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)
Jennifer is leading on the SEUK’s corporate market building work which includes the Buy Social Corporate Challenge. is an ambitious initiative that aims to get a group of high-profile companies to open up their supply chains to social enterprises and jointly buy in for £ 1 billion from social enterprises. Among the participating companies are i.a. SAP, Thomson & Thomson, Deloitte and PWC.an initiative seeing some of the UK’s biggest businesses open up their supply chains to social enterprises.
Jennifer is working to drive forward Social Enterprise UK´s work in building markets for social enterprises, trying to open doors and creating as many opportunities as possible for social enterprises.
Jennifer has spend over seven years at Business in the Community (BiTC) where she was working as their Enterprise and Culture Development Director. She also headed up BiTC’s arc programme which has supported the development and growth of social enterprises in some of the poorest communities in the country.
More about Buy Social Corporate Challenge at: www.socialenterprise.org.uk/corporate-challenge
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