Developing an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship and purposeful businesses

Social entrepreneurship and purposeful businesses are becoming increasingly popular. Government research shows that 9% of UK SMEs are social enterprises, and a further 22% are ‘mission-led businesses’ with particular social or environmental goals. That is over 1.5 million enterprises in total.

Many students embarking on their entrepreneurial journey now say that making a difference to the world is a key driver for them rather than just making a profit. Embedding social entrepreneurship and purposeful business in modules across the academic curriculum and in extra-curricular activities provide students with the opportunity to explore and understand how they can be constituted and function.

There has been a growing interest in this field, not just amongst students, but also from university staff, researchers and local authorities. As a result, business schools are seeing social enterprise as an increasingly important area in which to support their stakeholders, and purposeful business more broadly is attracting substantial interest.

The Small Business Charter in partnership with UnLtd is hosting a one day workshop that will explore the role of business schools in supporting social enterprise and entrepreneurship. The workshop will provide delegates a platform to share examples, discuss case studies and network with peers.

Participants will gain an insight into:

  • The way some business schools and universities are engaging with social enterprises, students and local authorities to develop a social entrepreneurial ecosystem and the benefits this brings to all the stakeholders involved.
  • Different business models and strategies to set up a social enterprise or other types of purposeful business.
  • Support provided to students across the academic curriculum and in extra-curricular activities.
  • Latest developments on related policy and practice.

Speakers include:

Professor John Davies
Associate Dean Enterprise & Industry Engagement,
Salford Business School

Christy Mitchell
Policy Adviser, Government Inclusive Economy Unit, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports

Tom Fox
Head of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, UnLtd

Laura Kekuti
Policy Officer, UnLtd

Dr Kevin Kane
Programme Leader, Salford Business school

Mandy Parkinson
Work Based Learning Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Gill Gourlay
Programme Leader, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton

Dr Tom Williamson
Associate Head of School (Student Experience), Coventry Business School

Workshop Chair: Professor John Davies
Associate Dean Enterprise & Industry Engagement, Salford Business School

10:00Registration
10:15Welcome
Professor John Davies, Associate Dean Enterprise & Industry Engagement, Salford Business School
10:30Developing social entrepreneurial ecosystem
Dr Kevin Kane, Director of the Centre for Social Business,
Salford Business School
11:15Social enterprise: An update on policy and practice
Tom Fox, Head of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, UnLtd
Laura Kekuti, Policy Officer, UnLtd
Christy Mitchell, Policy Adviser, Government Inclusive Economy Unit,
Department for 
Digital, Culture, Media and Sports
12:15Lunch
13.15Panel discussion: Supporting students on their social
entrepreneurial journey
Gill Gourlay, Programme Leader, Faculty of Business and Law,
University of Northampton
Mandy Parkinson, Work Based Learning Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan
University Business School
Dr Tom Williamson, Associate Head of School (Student Experience),
Coventry Business School
14:15Refreshments and Networking
14:30Business models that embed purpose
Tom Fox, Head of Policy and Strategic Partnerships, UnLtd
Laura Kekuti, Policy Officer, UnLtd
B Lab UK
15:15Q and A, Reflections and Summary
Facilitated by Professor John Davies, Associate Dean Enterprise & Industry Engagement, Salford Business School
15:45Close

All sessions and speakers are provisional and are subject to change

Directors and Heads of enterprise and business development departments, managers, lecturers and university support staff working in the field of enterprise policy, research and practice will benefit from attending this event. This programme will also appeal to some entrepreneurs.

Mediacity 3.07, Mediacity 3.08
University of Salford, Media City UK
B4, Orange Tower
Salford Quays
Salford
M50 2HE

One delegate: £175

If you have any queries, please contact Meenal Datar:

Email: meenal.datar@charteredabs.org
Tel: 020 7634 9586