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POSTPONED – Local Spark’s Social Enterprise Afternoon Taster, 16th March 2020

March 16, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A social enterprise…what is that?  Should my business be one? Will it help me raise money?  Get people involved? Achieve my business’s social or environmental purpose…. 

Find out the answers to these questions and more, at Local Spark’s Social Enterprise afternoon taster 


Lots of people start businesses to help people or help the planet, as well as to earn a living for themselves.  Sometimes a group of people want to work together to do these things, but don’t know what kind of legal structure to set up.  Should it be a CIC? A coop? A charity? What is a community benefit society, and how can it help raise money from local people?

If you are thinking of starting a business which has a social aim, or if you are looking for answers to any of the questions above, our afternoon taster is for you.  

Our taster sessions are exciting and engaging – do come along to find out more.

This session will be led by Chris Gunson and Andrew Shadrake

Chris Gunson has set up several successful social enterprises. She is Co-founder and Director of Local Spark: Torbay Community Supported Enterprise. She also helped to setup the Torbay Social Enterprise Network.

Andrew Shadrake is an expert on legal forms of social enterprise, and how they can be used to raise money, or help people work cooperatively.   A former lawyer, he is a Community Shares licensed practitioner, able to advise on everything from getting business plans and financial forecasts right, to doing share issues.

In this session, Andrew will show you all the different forms of social enterprise, and help you decide whether any of them are right for you.   

As part of enhancing the work of Social Enterprise Network, Local Spark Torbay receives support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, through the Postcode Innovation Trust.

The small (but important) print:
For this event to have maximum impact, we would like to fully use the limited spaces we have available. When you have signed up, please let us know 48 hours prior to the event if you can’t make it after all. At that point, we can ask someone from our waiting list to take your place.



March 16, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Torbay Business Centre
Lymington Road
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