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Sobering news for local social enterprises. 

After almost a quarter of a century offering support and resources to Bristol’s purpose-driven business sector, the city is losing Social Enterprise Works.

Many will have benefited from the advice and clarity offered by Julie, Elaine and Karl, along with their wider team of partners and project workers.

For more, see the sad announcement on their website here.

They’ll be missed by many, not least by our own network. SEW were a core part of the development of this BBSEN initiative so we’ll be updating our community once we have a clear path forward. 

- Kyle (EMC, the Easy Media Company)

April 6th 2017

New BBSEN monthly meetups.

We’re chuffed to announce the start of our new monthly morning meetups!  There’s no speaker, presentation or panel discussion, just time for a coffee and a breakfast snack with a bunch of great people driven by one thing: their passion for blending business with social change. 

These meetups are short, sharp and social and start at the perfect time - which is late enough so that you don’t miss your beauty sleep but early enough to get a full day’s work in afterwards.

BBSEN members are invited to drop in along with anyone interested in local social business. 

Come along and connect with local social entrepreneurs and social economy supporters, network with peers, potential partners and other sectors.

Find out what’s happening in Bristol’s Social Enterprise City and stay connected with fellow social enterprises..

Be part of the conversation on how we can support your social venture and how we can work together to develop the Social Enterprise Sector.

We generally meet at 8.30am on the last Thursday of the month. Our current venue is the relocated Yurt Lush next to Temple Meads Station. It’s now situated just behind the Engine Shed alongside The Boxworks, home of the BBSEN and Social Enterprise Works

Keep an eye on our website and twitter accounts for updates.

May 18th 2016

Watch our archived webcast.

This is an edited version of our live webcast from our BBSEN & School For Social Entrepreneurs (Dartington) “Good People, Good Business” event at The Station Kitchen in Bristol on 26th October 2015.  The live webcast, streaming equipment and video recordings were provided by BBSEN member Ecomedia Collective cic.

“Showcasing the personal stories behind innovation and growth"A platform for speakers from social businesses making change in the region - focussing on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind what they do. “

The evening also featured a chance to discuss the next stage of BBSEN and meet the team, along with a selection of 2-minute pitch sessions and networking too (obviously).

This event was supported by School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington, which provides training and opportunities that enable people with entrepreneurial ideas to achieve positive change in their communities. 

Speakers included:

  • * Julia Clarke, CEO, Bristol Community Health CIC. BCH is a not-for-profit social enterprise provider of NHS community health services, employing 1,100 people and offering 35 services. The service focus on person centred patient care is shaped by patient feedback and supported by the organisations employee owned status - putting patients, staff & clinicians in the driving seat.
  • Barry Farrimond, MD, Up Music CIC. Open up Music’s mission is to open youth orchestras, musical instruments and musical repertoire to young disabled musicians. This has led to innovation in software, hardware, developing new, accessible, affordable instruments and creating the first youth disabled orchestra - a project they’re seeding in other areas of the UK.
  •  Jackson Moulding of Ecomotive, a 2015 graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs(Dartington)
April 21st 2016

Help shape the future of social value in Bristol

Bristol City Council has launched a consultation to give citizens, businesses and organisations an opportunity to help in the development of the Council’s Social Value Policy.

The draft policy outlines the council’s approach to making the most of its spending for the benefit of Bristol and the people who live here. The Council wants to grow its relationship with the business community, social enterprises and voluntary and community organisations through this new Policy.

The aim is to make sure that when the council buys goods or pays for a service, these decisions are taken after considering whether there is an additional positive economic, social or environmental benefit to Bristol.

To have your say online go to or for a paper copy call 0117 35 21289.

The closing date for engaging with the consultation is Friday 8 January 2016.

To join the conversation on Twitter please use #BristolSocialValuePolicyn Bristol

November 25th 2015

Social Saturday 2015

Tomorrow, October 10th, is Social Saturday 2015. Promoted by Social Enterprise UK in partnership with the Cabinet Office, the aim of the day is “to raise awareness of just how easy it is to support social enterprises - businesses that put people and planet first, and use your spending power to make a positive difference to the world we live in. “ The website for the event is packed with news and information about the occasion - including some Bristol happenings too.

Steve Jackley and Kate Bishop are Arkbound and they’re launching their new magazine this weekend. This Saturday they’re promoting the launch of their new magazine “Boundless” which features a range of exciting features – from local interviews to investigative journalism and artistic contributions.  The launch exhibition will be held at the 1-2-3 Exhibition Space (just next to ‘The Little Shop’ in Stokes Croft) from today (9th October) to  this Sunday 11th October. Everyone is welcome. Visit

October 9th 2015