Masterclasses and fringe events

At this year's conference we will be running a number of masterclasses and fringe events that will provide you with the inspiration, ideas and practical skills you need to take your business to the next level.

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It’s our job to support this amazing sector and make sure it’s the best it can be. At this year’s conference we will be running a number of masterclasses and fringe events that will provide you with the inspiration, ideas and practical skills you need to take your business to the next level.

We’ve listened to your feedback and requests, followed market trends, and come up with a programme that covers the topics and themes that matter to you.

There will be opportunities for you to learn something new, make important connections and renew your drive and determination.

Workshops

Wales needs an even stronger and more ambitious Social Enterprise sector to tackle some of the critical issues facing us…but how do we get there?

This masterclass will explore the work done to date on a new strategy for the sector. We will consider practical solutions on how we can collectively improve and sustain our relevance, reach, messaging and support. Let’s challenge ourselves and together create a real positive movement for change.

Masterclasses

Everyone hates being sold to, but they love a good story

Gone are the days when brands could hide behind shiny corporate office signs and electric gates, when no-one knew anything about who was running the show. In an era of social media and on-demand service, customers expect businesses to be more connected and transparent than ever before.

Put another way, they’re looking for authenticity. They want to know who is behind the curtain, who’re they’re buying from, who they’re supporting, why they’re doing what they’re doing. They want the full story.

Jessica Draws talks about rejecting traditional corporate culture and building a brand around the power of storytelling and authenticity and attracting those clients who will become raving fans for life.

The secret to creating something that your audience actually use? Involve them in the design process.

How can digital technology help me to run a more effective organisation? … Is a question that every business is likely to be considering.

Technology can transform how you reach and engage with your audience in a meaningful and sustainable way. Ultimately giving people what they want in a way that suits them.

But how do you actually go about it?

And how do you make sure you’re investing valuable resources in the right things?

During this session last year’s winners of the Tech For Good Award, ProMo-Cymru will share their experience, lessons learnt and approach to involving users in co-creating effective digital services…. in manageable steps.

ProMo-Cymru work to make improved links between people, services and authorities. Supporting the third and public sectors to imagine, test and create better services.

The blueprint for the growth and sustainability of your social business.

One of the key findings from the recent Social Business Wales Mapping Report was that members of social enterprise leadership teams in Wales are typically older than elsewhere in the UK, with 27% aged over 65. The ageing profile of leadership teams within the sector is likely to present a further challenge to businesses in the future and many of the interviewed businesses cited succession issues as a key challenge.

This masterclass will address these concerns by covering the following:

  • What is succession planning?
  • Succession planning – what’s in it for you?
  • Links with business planning?
  • Succession planning in a complex environment
  • Replacement hiring vs succession planning
  • Three types of succession planning
  • Useful tools for succession planning

The masterclass will be delivered by Sue Wilmore. Sue is an experienced HR practitioner and advisor and before setting up her own HR consultancy ten years ago, worked as an HR Manager in both large public sector and private sector organisations for many years. She has lots of experience in working with small businesses across a variety of sectors.

Discover your leadership energy.

It takes a strong team to run a social business and an inspirational leader to steer that team to success. In this masterclass led by Kate Harcus from the Social Enterprise Academy, you will explore the mindset of a leader, learn how to make the impossible possible and discover your leadership energy.

This masterclass will renew your energy for leadership and give you a taste of the hands on, transformational learning style of the Social Enterprise Academy.

The Social Enterprise Academy has been developing the talent of people and organisations across the World for over fifteen years, the learning programmes have helped people at all levels to reflect and put learning into action – developing themselves and making their organisations more successful and more sustainable.

Increase, Measure and Demonstrate.

Social businesses make a positive impact on the world, that is what sets them apart from the crowd and makes them so inspirational. But how can you increase your social impact, measure it, and show it to the public to bring in more custom?

Led by Mark Richardson and using the logic model developed by the Social Enterprise Academy, this session allow you to connect with others working for social change, share experiences and begin to explore the differences you want to be making and how you can show those differences.

The Social Enterprise Academy has been developing the talent of people and organisations across the World for over fifteen years, the learning programmes have helped people at all levels to reflect and put learning into action – developing themselves and making their organisations more successful and more sustainable.

Improve your Chances of Success in Public Sector Tendering.

There are many, many Public Sector tendering opportunities available to the social business sector, but smaller businesses often don’t know where to find these and are deterred from tendering by the apparently confusing and daunting process. They know they can deliver the actual contract requirement but are not sure how they can put together a response which will effectively compete with their larger competitors.

This workshop is designed to show social businesses how respond to opportunities, navigating the tendering process to highlight the benefits of their business and to increase their chances of submitting a successful tender.

The workshop will be delivered by Elizabeth Callard (www.elizabeth-callard.co.uk) whose background as a Public Sector Procurement Manager enables her to share a buyer’s insight with suppliers, helping them to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls, enabling them to submit compliant tenders which fully address a buyer’s requirements.

Fringe Events

If you hate the thought of networking – this session is for you!

Delegates will have a unique opportunity to Network in a purposeful, structured way. Through forward planning, research and some “Network Magic” attendees will be partnered with other Businesses where there is natural synergy and a good reason to “talk”.

So, if you have a desire to:

  • Find other social enterprises to collaborate with
  • Make your supply chain “More Social”
  • Find more Welsh customers for your products and services
  • To grow and be more sustainable.

Then this session is for you.

AND – if you hate the thought of Networking – then this session REALLY is for you. We will leave nothing to chance! We plan to create a relaxed welcoming environment for you to benefit from this session. The days of networking by standing around, chatting in huddles leaving everything to chance are long gone.

This session will be facilitated By Tracy Griffiths of The Business Network. Tracy has operated a Business Network in Chester for over 9 years, whereby 50% of founder members are still members.

This interactive and engaging session, explores entrepreneurship, with a lens on key skills needed for future success. No more is it enough to be good decision maker and communicator, with characteristics such as resilience, empathy, team-work playing a more vital role.

Join with fellow delegates to explore this fascinating area, in a session facilitated by the Co-operative College.

 

How can VR help your social business and your clients?

At SBW we want to help our clients make the most of new technology. Explore the possibilities of virtual reality and other emerging tech in our ‘Tech4Good’ zone.

Experts will showcase practical examples of virtual reality products in action and hopefully giving you some great ideas to take home.

Whether it’s training staff, understanding your clients or showcasing your products, could VR help you and your business?

Digital Communities Wales is a sister project helping get people online. DCW will share their experience of using VR in social care homes with dementia patients.

CEMET are based at the University of South Wales and can help companies with their emerging tech projects through funded development. They have used VR as a tool to create educational and training resources for their clients. Come and hear about Mo the Monkey!

Want to attend these masterclasses? Book your conference ticket now to avoid disappointment.