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Passion, profit, purpose: connecting with business opportunities

15th March 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Some exciting opportunities are set to emerge from the economic and commercial development of Redcar & Cleveland in the near future. The business response to this requires strong private-sector and local community focus. On one hand, Social enterprises passionately employ their keen focus on keeping money local and reinvesting their profits for the benefit of the communities they serve. Private businesses on the other, seek to add to their attractiveness by ‘giving back’ to society or their community in some way.

So, as a way of meeting the anticipated demands, this event offers a unique setting for social enterprises in Redcar & Cleveland to connect with private businesses, including larger not-for-profits from different sectors. By working together, they can get more involved in the local community (directly or indirectly) with a promising outcome of attracting more people to live, work or play in the borough.

Who should attend?

  • Commercial organisations seeking social sector partners to help deliver their Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Social sector enterprises wishing to connect with commercial sector organisations for growth and business benefits.

Examples of exhibitors

  • Business and social investors
    • Skills, training and employment agencies
    • Construction and environmental consulting companies
    • Specialists in Information, Communication and Technology
    • Commercial sector organisations seeking partners to help deliver their Corporate Social Responsibility

The event offers you the chance to:

  • connect with businesses in the social or commercial sector for business/social good
  • access new markets
  • expand your business and enterprise tactics
  • share and learn tips for growing your business or enterprise.

About the Keynote Speaker

Chris McDonald, CEO, Materials Processing Institute (itself a social enterprise) will give the keynote speech at the event. He will also participate in the Panel Discussion.

Chris McDonald, a passionate enthusiast of social enterprise, is keen to promote collaborative activities which deliver invaluable social objectives. His government and international connections opens doors for economic impact. He is a respected local business leader and ambassador for Redcar and Cleveland, supporting and mentoring local enterprises in the corporate/commercial sectors.


8.30 Registration, refreshments, exhibition and networking

9.00 Welcome and introduction

  • Lola Ibhadon, Social Enterprise Advisor, Redcar & Cleveland Council
  • Mark Hickson, Director, Palace Arts CIC (Member, *TALENT)

9.05 Redcar & Cleveland Council support for business and enterprise

  • Sue Jeffrey, Leader, Redcar & Cleveland Council
  • Debra Thorne, Commissioning and Procurement Manager, Redcar & Cleveland Council

9.20 Keynote speech – Chris McDonald, CEO, Materials Processing Institute

9.35 Showcasing Social Enterprise successes

  • Creative Seas (Redcar & Cleveland scholar at School for Social Entrepreneurs; Yorkshire, Humber & North East)
  • East Cleveland Youth Housing Trust
  • South Bank Community Land Trust CIC

10.05 Panel discussion/Q & A

Moderator: Richinda Taylor, CEO, EVA Women’s Aid (Member, TALENT)

  1. a) As we see it: The role of Social Enterprise in economic growth.
    – Carla Keegans, Director, The Ethical Lettings Agency CIC (Member, TALENT)
  2. b) Investing for good – benefits to business and society.
    – Stephen Waud, Chief Executive, Business Enterprise Fund, Yorkshire, Humber and the North East
  3. c) Think global, invest local.
    – Chris McDonald, CEO, Materials Processing Institute
  4. d) Connecting businesses for social good – why it matters.
    – North East Initiative on Business Ethics & Teesside University Business School.

11.05 Looking ahead – exciting future Social Enterprise developments

  • Love Loftus CIC
  • Kirkleatham Training Centre.

11.20 Close – Sarah Robson, Corporate Director for Growth, Enterprise & Environment, Redcar & Cleveland Council

11.30 Light lunch, exhibition and networking

12.30 END.

*TALENT is the independent network of Social Enterprises in Redcar & Cleveland.

If you would like to register to attend this event, please click on the Eventbrite link here


15th March 2019
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Wilton Centre, Redcar
Wilton Centre
redcar, TS10 4RF United Kingdom
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