SEW What’s Happening?  – March 2019

Sharon Nanan-Sen

A lot has happened over the last 6 months in the world of Social Enterprise Wolverhampton. We have developed our Social Enterprise Wolverhampton (SEW) microsite which is full of useful resources and links our Twitter account and continue to promote SEW via WVSC’s newsletter:

We have targeted large and small social enterprises and start-ups and have 40+ organisations who have registered an interest in support. We have held approximately 30 sessions with groups via workshops and 1-1 meetings, on issues relating to legal structure and governance, funding and enterprise development. The participant evaluation data has been positive.

We are actively working with about 14 groups providing on-going information and advice on social enterprise and investment. 4 groups are being supported to develop propositions and get investment ready through accessing Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) and/ or the Reach Fund.

We have spent time engaging with groups which has helped us to build positive relationships and develop a strong cohort of interested organisations. We have identified that business planning, developing trading plans, writing propositions, developing social impact models and financial modelling/pricing are the main training needs.

We also supported an established social enterprise in the city to come together with a more newly formed CIC, to share good practice and co-deliver a shared learning session to other social enterprises.

In partnership with Big Society Capital, we delivered a Let’s Talk Good Finance event in January 2019 which 20 organisations attended. We have developed a good relationship with the Key Fund, our main partner, and have established a referral pathway with Social Investment Business.

Over the next six months, we plan to increase our work in bringing experienced social enterprises together with small social enterprises and start-ups. We also plan to hold a second social enterprise event, webinars and more workshops, targeting local centres, clubs, community groups and organisations.

Please contact me if you want to find out more or get involved:

Sharon Nanan-Sen, Social Enterprise and Investment Adviser on 01902 773761 or by email:


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