On Friday 23rd November 2018, Social Enterprise Kent held a free key social enterprise conference in Ashford, Kent. The day aimed to inspire aspiring and support active social entrepreneurs through presentations and workshops.
Social Enterprise Kent's CEO, Claudia Sykes, says "the purpose of the day is about bringing local social enterprises together to network and identify where they can support each other in the future."
"We've had fantastic speakers from local social enterprises. We had the Chair, Jane Ollis, from the Kent Institute of Directors. It's been a great day with local enterprises coming together to showcase really what social enterprises do, the difference it can make to peoples' lives and the wider impact on society."
"We're also looking at setting up a sustainable network in the future, so we're hoping people join up to it, make connections and all thrive in the future by supporting each other."
We managed to get ahold of the Founder and CEO, Brent Lewis, of The FAR Academy, to share some of his top tips for social enterprises:
"The top tip: it sounds a bit cliché, just don't give up on what you're doing," he went on to say Social Enterprise Kent's conference is essential for networking and making connections.
"If you can't get the funding, then somebody else might have the funding, and you can join their funding stream."
Ashley Henson, head of retail at Demelza Children's Hospice, says your cause is the most important.
We also caught up with CEO, Zoe Cairns, of ZC Social Media, to ask her what the top tip is for social entrepreneurs promoting their social enterprise on social media: "My biggest tip for social enterprises and CIC companies really make sure on social media you bring out those stories and really engage with your audience - share pictures that tell the stories."
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