This programme was initially designed for students on postgraduate courses or within three years of completing their course and living in Nottingham city. Following representation from non-postgraduates with ambitions to build social businesses, it was possible to offer the opportunities more broadly. The full programme ran from February to May 2015 and was part of the Building Enterprise project managed by Community Partnerships at the University of Nottingham. It was led by Roger Moors, CEO of SEEM which supports social business and Jeanne Booth, founder of the Good Work Guide and East Midlands Chair of the Fellowship of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Programme sessions included:
1. A postgraduate showcase held at First Tuesday, Nottingham's network for Social Businesses. 2. What is good business? - An evening listening to five insightful speakers offering different perspectives. 3. Attending 'Making a Difference' the Ethical, Social and Sustainable Business Practices conference at Nottingham Trent University. This event brought different organisations, enterprises and universities together to share good practice and learn from those that have achieved success implementing sustainable and responsible practices. The keynote speech was delivered by Jo Fairley, founder of UK-based chocolate company Green & Black's. 4. Building a Social Business - A full day workshop covering the fundamental building blocks of a Social Business including: legal structures; business planning; income generation; governance and Social Impact reporting. 5. Solving Social Issues - An active hack session involving participants working in groups to come up with imaginative and entrepreneurial ways to address some pressing social issues. The challenge was to devise approaches that generated income to sustain and grow a business and delivered measurable social impact.
6. Attending Venturefest - the East Midlands premiers business networking event with special workshops provided in the Social Business Hub.
7. Pitch Perfect Workshops to take participants through the steps for preparing to pitch, enabling them to practice with feedback and equipping them to present ideas to different audiences.