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.
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
Book your free place on our new accredited workshop
Level 3 Certificate in Tender Readiness for VCSE Organisations from SFEDI
12 spaces are available for organisations with an income below £100k per annum (one person per organisation). Register here
The accredited training course will run over a period of four weeks, every Thursday, from 14 November to 5 December 2019, 1pm to 4pm, at NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB.
There will be a final session on Thursday 16 January 2020 for learners to bring in their completed portfolios, and ensure they are ready to meet the assessment requirements of the qualification.
Please note: participants will need to attend all sessions to meet the accreditation criteria.
It is becoming increasingly important for voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises (VCSE organisations) to understand the commissioning and tendering environment in order that they have the opportunity to compete effectively to deliver public services.
This programme is designed for those who may be thinking about tendering, but aren’t quite sure of the process, for those who have tried applying for tenders but haven’t been very successful and for those who are considering partnering with others to tender for work.
Learning outcomes for the course include:
Understanding where potential tendering opportunities can be found
Understanding the importance of tender readiness checks to an organisation
Understanding how partner organisations can support tendering opportunities
Understanding how to develop a business proposal for a tendering opportunity.
The course will be graded on a pass or fail basis and the learner must demonstrate evidence against all of the listed assessment criteria in order to achieve the qualification. Learners will be made fully aware of the criteria and will be supported appropriately to ensure a successful outcome. Most of the assessment evidence will be compiled during the sessions but there will be a small amount of work that will be required to be completed outside of the sessions.
Introduction to Social Enterprise (non-accredited)
We have delivered two sets of Social Enterprise introductory workshops (6 sessions per series) already this year, covering understanding what a social enterprise is, legal structures and governance, business planning, marketing, finance, and building ongoing support and awareness.
We are running two of these workshops as evening sessions in November 2019. Both take place at NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB. Dates to be announced shortly.
An introduction to Social Enterprise
This workshop is designed to help you:
Understand what a social enterprise is
Understand the forms that a social enterprise can take
Understand the values of social enterprises
Recognise a social enterprise in practice
Understand the steps to take to set up a social enterprise.