Social enterprises are a valuable part of the South West economy and bring enormous benefits to the local community.
The University of Plymouth, led by its Futures Entrepreneurship Centre plays a significant role in supporting the development of and research around social enterprise.
This event investigated a new policy arena brought about by the General Elections of 2015. A new government always means new adjustments and policy modifications. The social enterprise sector’s contribution to the UK economy has been progressively acknowledged by government bodies, businesses and other professionals within society as a growing contributor to the economy and has been valued at over £24 billion. This acknowledgment led to many past governmental initiatives aimed at supporting the social enterprise sector.
The event explored the link between the new political environment and society. It also further investigated any new initiatives and their effect on small businesses, entrepreneurs and social economy.
Keynote Speaker: Tim West
Tim has been working in the space where business and social purpose meet for well over a decade. He leads mission-focused creative agency Matter&Co, which delivers PR, branding, design, film, events and strategic support to social ventures, government/public sector and corporate clients. Matter&Co recently also became one of the UK’s first certified B Corps. Tim is also founding editor of Pioneers Post, the digital and print magazine for social entrepreneurs, which has readers in 60 countries and is itself a social enterprise. He founded Good Deals, the UK’s leading social enterprise conference, and he co-created SE100.net, a market intelligence platform tracking the growth and impact of 1,300+ social enterprises. An NCTJ-trained journalist, Tim also studied music at Oxford University and business at Warwick and Cranfield. He is a director of Big Issue Invest, the investment arm of The Big Issue, a trustee of ECT Charity, one of the UK’s leading transport charities, and serves on the UK Council of Social Value International.
Biography: Sarah Stevenson
Sarah is the manager of the Futures Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Talent Hub, and has responsibility for the creation and delivery of co-curricular opportunities for students in Plymouth Business School. Sarah ensures the centre provides opportunities and supports the development of social enterprise in the University and beyond.