The Social Enterprise Exchange

The Social Enterprise Exchange
Social Enteprise Scotland
01.03.12

Final Countdown – Don’t miss your opportunity to join the 1,000 delegates, from over 20 countries who have already booked up for the world’s biggest social enterprise event!

The Social Enterprise Exchange has reached 1000 bookings but there is still time to sign up and be part of the biggest social enterprise event in the world this year. Participants have registered from over 20 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Taiwan and the USA. If joining 1000 other likeminded individuals and organisations from across the UK and international isn’t enough of a reason to book your delegate place, then consider the following features:

·        An interactive business zone with 150 exhibitors ready to trade on the day

·        An engaging programme including plenaries, workshops and masterclasses, with contribution from inspiring speakers from across the UK and international

·        The opportunity to attend 1:1 clinics on a range of business critical topics

·        Networking and exchanging ideas and business with over 1000 delegates who work in, or are interested in, social enterprise

·        Catering supplied by 5 social enterprises serving mouth-watering options with international inspiration including curries, chilli, and some traditional Scottish fare!

·        An unrivalled social enterprise supply chain which includes over 20 social enterprises and which will supply everything on the day from social media to bags to recycling

·        Entertainment from The Walking Theatre Company (www.thewalkingtheatrecompany.com) and Drumatik (www.drumatik.com), not to mention the opportunity to meet famous owls Hedwig and Eral from the 1st Harry Potter film!

Please note that bookings close 2 weeks today (March 13th) so this is your last chance to register for the event at these prices which start from as little as £30 + VAT for students. After March 13th bookings will be subject to availability, late bookings will incur an admin charge and some features will not be available to late registrations.

Come to the Social Enterprise Exchange and have the opportunity to win £5000

The Santander Social Enterprise Exchange Award aims to support social enterprises that are looking to partner, replicate or share knowledge with other social enterprises in order to grow their social and environmental impact.

The Exchange Award is for £5000, and open to UK-based social enterprises with an annual turnover of no more than £250,000. All applicant must be registered to attend The Social Enterprise Exchange. Winners will also receive a bespoke package of additional mentoring, support, networking opportunities and other benefits from Santander and Social Enterprise Exchange partners.

To apply please visit The Social Enterprise Exchange website.

The deadline to enter is 7th March 2012.

A small number of exhibition stands are now available!

With an impressive list of exhibitors already signed up for the event, the trading, networking and exchange on the day is sure to be high paced. We have sold an unprecedented number of exhibitor stands and are currently operating on a reserve list for a small number of stands that have been released by sponsors not requiring stand space. If you would like to take a stand at the event but have not yet booked, please email lynsey.johnston@ceis.org.uk to be added to the list. We will be allocating stands on a first come, first serve basis.

Great accommodation offers

Special discounted rates are available on hotels to delegates and exhibitors. Rates start from as little as £43 per night. There are also many hotels throughout Glasgow that have rooms for as little as £25 per night, with offers like that it would be a shame not to visit! Although the world’s biggest social enterprise event will surely keep you busy, we hope you will also take in some of what Glasgow has to offer. Here are some highlights, from The Wise Group’s Head of Communications, Bob Wylie.

Travel to Glasgow is as easy as booking a train, bus or flight and the SECC is only a 5 minute train ride from the city centre. There are still some low price options on offer including same day flights from London for as little as £55 return and a return train fare from Newcastle for £35. (Prices checked on 28th February).

Scotrail have kindly offered a 20% rail discount to keep your travel costs down (includes travelling on the Caledonian Sleeper from London to Glasgow). For more information click here.

Experience some of Scotland’s best social enterprises

We are organising an “open doors” day of study visits through the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) to Glasgow social enterprises on Monday 26th March and visit programmes to Argyll and the Highlands in the days following The Social Enterprise Exchange.

On Monday 26th March there is a seminar about youth social enterprises taking place at KibbleWorks in Paisley. This is free to all registered delegates and will include international speakers from Canada. If you would like to register for this event please e-mail lynsey.johnston@ceis.org.uk

The Highland programme is £325 + VAT, to book your place please contact Lindsay Dunbar, HISEZ – Lindsay Dunbar at HISEZ on 01463 715 533 or lindsay.dunbar@hisez.co.uk. We still have a number of places available on this programme and this will be an excellent addition to your visit to Scotland! For a taster what you will you will encounter on your visit please watch our scenic video.

Sponsoring the biggest social enterprise event in the world!

We are grateful to the sponsors that are supporting The Social Enterprise Exchange including The Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, KibbleWorks, The Wise Group, Big Society Capital, RSM Tenon, The Co-op Bank, Social Investment Scotland, GRA/Glasgow Works, Santander, Deloitte, Unity Trust Bank and Clearview.

Watch this video to hear from some of our sponsors and why they’re supporting the event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of The Social Enterprise Exchange please contact Nick Temple, Social Enterprise UK – nick.temple@socialenterprise.org.uk or Fraser Kelly, Social Enterprise Scotland – fraser.kelly@socialenterprisescotland.org.uk for more information.

For more information on any aspect of the event, please call Lynsey Johnston on 0141 425 2926, e-mail eventmanagement@ceis.org.uk or visit www.socialenterpriseexchange.com

We look forward to welcoming you to the world’s biggest social enterprise event!