Belfast sparks social enterprise revolution
22 Jun 2016
Belfast City Council is introducing a programme of free support for new and emerging social enterprises and co-operatives in Belfast.
‘Go Social’ aims to increase the number of social enterprises across Belfast by stimulating early stage social enterprise activity and supporting the creation of new social enterprises and co-operatives.
The first free ‘Social Spark’ event takes place at Malone House next Tuesday, 28 June from 9.30am-4pm. Attendees will learn about the power of design thinking and how they can use it to add value to their ideas, as well as hearing from Belfast social entrepreneurs about the challenges and successes they’ve experienced and being taken through the key practical steps to getting started.
Councillor Aileen Graham, Chairperson of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee explains: “We’re reaching out to third sector organisations and individuals who have the potential to establish social enterprises, and giving them the support they need to get up and running.
“There’s a growing, worldwide movement of businesses that exist to change the world for the better – by tackling social problems, improving communities, or the environment – and reinvesting the profits they make to do more good. Just think of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant which offers young, unemployed people work experience, or Fair Trade company Divine Chocolate”.
Go Social participants will be supported through a range of ‘Social Spark’ events, tailored workshops, specialist one to one mentoring, networking opportunities, and the chance to showcase their new product or service at a Social Souk event.
To attend the Social Spark event or to find out more about the Go Social programme, contact the council’s Economic Development Unit on 028 9027 0482 or visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/gosocial
And for more information on the support Belfast City Council offers to Belfast based businesses, visitwww.belfastcity.gov.uk/businessinfo