NCVS Training - Social Enterprise

Helping social entrepreneurs & enterprises to thrive


Our 'Enterprising Nottingham' project provides training and one-to-one support to new and existing social enterprises (less than 12 months old) in Nottingham. The 15 month project, launched in April 2019, is funded through the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund.

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The programme is managed by our Enterprise Development Officer, Chris Hill, who has over 17 years experience in supporting social enterprises. Accredited training is also available through the project.


For more information, contact Enterprise Development Officer Chris Hill




Telephone: 0115 934 8429




 Social Enterprise introductory workshops


We delivered two sets of Social Enterprise introductory workshops in 2019, covering understanding what a social enterprise is, legal structures and governance, business planning, marketing, finance, and building ongoing support and awareness.


Our first set of workshops for 2020 is now open for bookings for start-ups less than 12 months old (one place per organisation). Click through to reserve your free place on each workshop. We recommend that you book on to all these workshops in order to develop a better understanding of the social enterprise business model.


If you would like more details of our introductory workshops or you would benefit from a one-to-one advice session, please contact Chris (as above).


All sessions take place at NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB.




Business Planning (1) – Introduction to the business model canvas

This workshop is now complete and took place on Thursday 23 January 2020


This workshop will help you:


  • Understand what a business plan is and how to write one
  • The information you will need to write your business plan
  • Why and how a business plan will be of benefit to you and your organisation
  • How your business plan fits into your strategy




Business Planning (2) - Market Research / Marketing

This workshop is now complete and took place on Thursday 6 February 2020


This workshop will help you:


  • Identify the market(s) for the social enterprise
  • Identify market research methods
  • Understand and plan marketing strategies to target markets
  • Understand and plan marketing communication tools for your audience(s)




Finance for Social Enterprise

Thursday 27 February 2020 1pm to 4pm


This workshop will help you:


  • Understand the different financial forecasts needed in a business plan
  • Understand how to do a cash flow and profit forecast for your social enterprise
  • Identify the investment options for the social enterprise (start-up/early growth)
  • Plan for, and identify the sustainable income needed


Please note that we are expecting Social Enterprise funding programmes to open in April. However, registration for these programmes will normally start from February 2020. The funding programmes covered in this workshop are specifically about start-up / grow a Social Enterprise. This workshop is not suitable for those looking for general funding support or grant funding e.g. Awards for All.


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Presenting your Social Enterprise

Thursday 5 March 2020 1pm to 4m


This workshop will help you:


  • Gain insight from a guest speaker (social entrepreneur)
  • Understand how to initially promote your social enterprise
  • Practice the key messages you will use to build awareness of your social enterprise
  • How to start-up a peer support network of support
  • Next steps in the support for your social enterprise


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The following workshop has a longer format and is open to social enterprise start-ups less than 12 months old or charities that are currently 100% grant funded. Latest accounts will be required to evidence this.



Social Enterprise Outcome & Impact Measurement

Thursday 19 March 2020 11am to 4pm


This workshop will look at how to take the outcomes you want to measure and apply them in the context of the impact they are making.


We will cover:


• How to define the foundations of your organisation

• Exploring your mission, values, objectives and activities

• An introduction to outcomes based reporting methods

• Working through an Impact Mapping exercise


We will introduce you to the most popular tools and processes currently in use for measuring impact and quantifying the value of your non-financial impact. This may include:


• Social Return on Investment (SROI)

• Social Accounting and Audit

• Balanced Scorecards

• LM3


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Accredited workshops


Please look out for future events.


For more information, contact Enterprise Development Officer Chris Hill




Telephone: 0115 934 8429



Level 3 Certificate in Tender Readiness for VCSE Organisations from SFEDI


This workshop programme is now complete, but may be repeated in future. Twelve spaces were available for organisations with an income below £100k per annum (one person per organisation).


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