Opportunity Knocks


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I delivered this workshop as part of Charity Bank in the North's Investment Readiness Programme. It considers how to assess how your current activities meet your social and financial goals, and considers one way to generate and assess new enterprise ideas.

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Opportunity Knocks

  1. 1. Welcome to Opportunity Knocks From Klearchos Kaputsis via flickr.com Hull, 10th February 2009
  2. 2. What we’ll do today <ul><li>Our aim - to help you to identify opportunities for achieving your social mission </li></ul><ul><li>Practical exercises, to do today and back at work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reality Checklist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mission Matrix (focus on now) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pyramid of Opportunity (focus on the future) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Charity Bank in the North <ul><li>Investment Readiness Programme </li></ul><ul><li>First Steps Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored one-to-one support package </li></ul><ul><li>www.charitybank.org </li></ul>
  4. 4. Next Steps Team <ul><li>Chris Low, University of Huddersfield </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senior Lecturer in Business Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed and delivers MSc in Social Entrepreneurship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Andy Peers, Love Enterprise Ltd </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Head of Sales, Big Issue in the North </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Director, Big Life Company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founder and MD of Love Enterprise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rob Greenland, Social Business Consulting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Worked for fairtrade social enterprise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ran Start up Scheme at WYSE School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up SBC in 2005 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Who do you love? <ul><li>Tell us a bit more about you and your organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Then tell us about a business that you’re in a loving relationship with </li></ul>From Eek the Cat, via Flickr.com
  6. 6. What do I do? <ul><li>Training - market research, marketing, social business planning </li></ul><ul><li>Consultancy - social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>One to one support </li></ul><ul><li>Writing and blogging </li></ul>Photo from Ant Smallwood via flickr.com
  7. 7. What have I done? <ul><li>University of Leeds - Spanish & French </li></ul><ul><li>Senda Juvenil </li></ul><ul><li>Trade for Change </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Leeds </li></ul><ul><li>WYSE School </li></ul><ul><li>Social Business Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>A journey from activist to entrepreneur </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why money matters
  9. 9. What’s happening around you? <ul><li>Your organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Your sector </li></ul><ul><li>The people you serve </li></ul><ul><li>Society at large </li></ul>Photo from BinaryApe, via Flickr.com
  10. 10. Your organisation - a reality checklist <ul><li>How ready are you for new ventures? </li></ul><ul><li>What have you got going for you? </li></ul><ul><li>What barriers may exist? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss this in pairs, and then feed back </li></ul>
  11. 11. Your attitude to profit <ul><li>Are you comfortable with making a profit? </li></ul><ul><li>What issues might more income generation bring up? </li></ul><ul><li>What good could it do? </li></ul>From Jessica Shannon via Flickr.com
  12. 12. Social Business Matrix
  13. 13. What does it mean to be business-like? <ul><li>We must reject the idea - well intentioned, but dead wrong - that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become “more like a business”. Most businesses - like most of anything else in life - fall somewhere between mediocre and good. Few are great. The critical distinction is not between business and social, but between great and good. (Jim Collins, Good to Great and the Social Sectors) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Pyramid of Opportunity
  15. 15. Charity Bank in the North <ul><li>Investment Readiness Programme </li></ul><ul><li>First Steps Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored one-to-one support package </li></ul><ul><li>www.charitybank.org </li></ul>
  16. 16. Your Next Steps <ul><li>What will be your next steps to sustainability? </li></ul><ul><li>Any priorities? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you make sure you’re not doing it alone? </li></ul>From Martin Wichary via Flickr.com