First Steps In Social Enterprise Nottingham Launch Event

Launch Event – 15th February 2019, 12-4pm

at the New Art Exchange, 39 ‑ 41 Gregory Boulevard, NG7 6BE, Nottingham

Are you a budding social entrepreneur from a minority ethnic background, or someone with a business idea that will benefit the wider community and social housing residents?

Want some free advice?


First Steps In Social Enterprise is A FREE OPPORTUNITY to meet successful social enterprises and sector specialists at a launch event for an exciting new programme. You will find out about the First Steps programme and get the opportunity to participate in training workshops.

Who is it for?

  • People from a minority ethnic background
  • People with a social enterprise idea that will benefit the wider community or social housing residents 

*Minority led refers to Black Asian Minority Ethnic or Refugee communities



New Art Exchange, 39 ‑ 41 Gregory Boulevard,  Nottingham, NG7 6BE


15th February 2019, 12:00 until 04:00 pm

Please book your space here : Nottingham launch


Timetable for 15th Februrary:

12.00 Registration and Lunch

12.45 Introductions and welcome

Annetta Bennett Event Chair, Impact Diversions & Olmec Ambassador

Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Catharine Arnold

John Mayford, Chief Executive, Olmec

Lesley Watson MTVH

Short presentations

12:55 Annetta Bennett Impact Diversions

1.10   Patrick Vernon OBE Windrush Game

1.20   Lara Oyedele Hope Housing

1.30   Alexandra Nicoletti Lil’ollo


More about the day …

Work shop 1: Introduction to First Steps In Social Enterprise A taster session on the key elements that need to be in place for a successful social enterprise and an opportunity hear about our 12 week programme. First Steps in Social Enterprise will help you systematically map the mission-critical areas of your business plan, engaging practical tools, legal and financial knowledge, and business theory to support your social enterprise

Workshop 2: The Problem Tree and the business model canvas The Problem Tree is a 45 minute, interactive discussion on the social problems which most affect local residents. This workshop begins with an open discussion around social problems in Lambeth, finding common ground and ends thinking briefly about common solutions. The business model canvas is a 45 minute discussion around how local residents have the solutions to solve these problems. Participants will then visually draw out their ideas for social change on a one page canvas which will be displayed around the room.

Workshop 3: Principle Six – Turn contacts into contracts. Do you want to develop your trading contacts? Do you want to meet other social entrepreneurs? Do you want to share your experiences? Do you have something you want to tell the world?

Workshop 4: What does a housing association look for in a tender? Find out what it takes to win a contract with a housing association or similar organisation? What will the competition look like? What do I need to demonstrate competence? What reassurance will a housing association look for? What policies and procedures does my organisation need?

Download the poster here

What they say about First Steps: 

“Wonderful structure and very studentcentric, Sam Obeng is a superb trainer”

 First Steps participant

“First Steps taught me what ‘fit for purpose’ really means”

Annetta Bennet, Impact Diversion

First Steps in Social Enterprise is a 12 week training and mentoring business support programme delivered by high quality experienced specialists designed for minority ethnic backgrounds or someone with with a buiness idea that will benefit from the wider community and social housing residents. You will work through your social enterprise idea in a peer environment. First Steps in Social Enterprise systematically helps you understand and map the mission critical areas of a business plan, engaging practical tools, legal and financial knowledge, and business theory to your social enterprise. You will work through the product, the market, the viability, human resources, profitability, delivery plan, quality assurance systems and social impact issues in a peer context.