Funding Matters! Social Enterprises, are you prepared for funding changes?

by Julia Perry

As a Social Business the way you may have been funded previously is likely to be affected by the recent BREXIT decision and also by the planned withdrawal of European Structural funding around 2020. A clear view is still clouded by bureaucracy and politics, however some things are known and will happen. The intention of this event is to explore the major changes in economic support affecting the Third Sector in South West Wales thus giving you sufficent time for your business to adjust to a new funding landscape in the medium to longer term.

We have gathered an expert panel to explain options, discuss alternatives and advise on best practices to help you future proof your social business. This event is targetted exclusively at Social Businesses and provides a real opportunity to acquire new information and fresh thinking specific to the Third Sector.

Our panel of Experts will endeavour to answer any questions that you may have and will be available afterwards for a one to one conversation if required. This event also provides a great opportunity to meet and Network with other Social Businesses and Intermediaries.

Please see below details of the Speakers, topics and a comprehensive agenda.

John Murray – NatWest Social & Community Capital

Providing an overview of the NatWest Social & Community Capital Fund

Rhian Edwards & Esther Price – Social Business Wales – Wales Co-Operative Centre

Will be presenting a case study on some of the growth activities our clients are engaging in and how they are being supported by the Wales Co-Operative Centre.

Alun Jones – Social Investment Cymru, WCVA

Social Investment Cymru manages all WCVA’s social investment activity, which includes the new Social Business Growth Fund, a blend of grant and repayable assistance for social businesses. Details of the funding available and how to apply will be provided and there will be the opportunity to discuss how it could work specifically for your business

Jeremy Bowen-Rees – Landsker Business Solutions

Sharing knowledge and best practice of identifying and accessing funding and being more business like to improve financial sustainability.


9:00 – 9:30 – Arrival, networking, refreshments

9:30 – 9:40 – Welcome, Scene Setting and Introductions

9:40 – 10:00 – John Murray – RBS Social & Community Capital

10:00 – 10:20 – Rhian Edwards & Esther Price – Social Business Wales

10:20 – 10:40 – Alun Jones – Social Investment Cymru

10:40 – 11:00 – Jeremy Bowen-Rees – Landsker Business Solutions

11:00 – 11:30 – Panel of speakers will take questions

11:30 – 12:30 – Close, Networking, Refreshments


Wed 25 January 2017

09:30 – 12:30 GMT


Llety Cynin

Llangynin Road

St Clears


SA33 4JR


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