Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival

by Plymouth Social Enterprise Network in Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival
We did it
On 18th October 2021 we successfully raised £12,117 with 35 supporters in 42 days

This festival highlights and supports the amazing social enterprise's working hard to create a kinder, fairer, and more impactful Plymouth.

by Plymouth Social Enterprise Network in Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We'll create an open market place for social enterprises in the city to promote themselves and do extra marketing to highlight all the enterprises who are running workshops and events during the festival

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network is a Network of social enterprises

A coming together of the amazing businesses in and around Plymouth who are using their business skills to put people before profit and create a better economy that takes care of the people around it and the world we live in. With ever increasing cuts in statutory services, social enterprises are bridging those gaps and can be the safety net that catches people when they most need it. 

The Festival

This is our 12th year of running the festival, after taking it online last year due to the lockdown we intend to come back with a bigger, better and more inclusive event with the help of this Crowdfunder. We want to really highlight some of the incredible 200 social enterprises in Plymouth and create opportunities for skill sharing, inspiring, learning, socialising, connecting and profile raising. Social Enterprises can be anything - cafes, therapists, bee keepers, bike specialists, universities, or supermarkets... and they are all over this city! They work to support the people who need it, businesses like Moments cafe and hub who support people living with Dementia to have full, happy lives, Nudge Community Builders who are recreating Union Street as a place literally owned by it's community, Simply Counselling who provide accessible therapy for all but also create specially funded spaces to support adults and children who have experienced domestic violence. This is just a few of them, you can find more on our website and in the rewards below. We want to show the people of Plymouth that the social enterprise sector has their interests at heart and we're acting on it!


Why now?

We are in the Decade of Action to rise to the challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and we know that all businesses need to work together to create the future we all deserve. This two week event will take a look at the Sustainable Development Goals and work out how we can all take Local Action for the Global Goals.

It will run for two weeks from 15th November to 26th November, showcasing the sustainable development goals and picking up themes and discussions from the COP26 to make 'doing better' a whole lot easier for us all. 

Why do we need the Crowdfunder?

We know there are challenges for all businesses coming out of the pandemic, we want to run a bigger, easier to access festival. We want to use this money to support smaller enterprises to get involved and to do more marketing and showcasing to support them in their recovery and growth moving forward. 

We want to make sure that we keep as many events as possible free so that we can make sure we're reaching a wide range of communities and people.

We want to be able to bring in partners from national organisations to support the growth of new and existing social enterprises with their skills and connections.

We want to be able to increase how widely we market the festival to really make sure the people of Plymouth know what social enterprises in their city are doing, and how those enterprises can support them.

We need YOU to help make it happen though - #DoingBusinessDifferently

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This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£7 or more

5 of 100 claimed

Limited edition Tote bag and Launch invite

This eco produced tote bag is the perfect way to prove you're putting your money where your heart is and support making good choices for us and the planet. They'll be PSEN orange and perfect for the day to day. These won't be produced again so grab yourself one now! (these will need to be collected from Plymouth or we can post for costs)

£1 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Nudge Community Artists Postcard

Grab yourself a bargain and a piece of artwork with one of these high quality A6 postcards from Nudge Community builders. They feature stunning, bold images from local landmarks and artists. (they retail for £1.50)

£4 or more

0 of 20 claimed

1 pack of science backed Wild Flower Seeds

Pollenize cic have developed science-backed rewilding seed packets to support all pollinators. Their seeds benefit the greatest number of pollinator species over the longest flowering period to ensure there is plenty of pollen and nectar available. Once the wildflower seeds have been planted you can upload your sowing location to an interactive map on the Pollenize website -

£5 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Food is Fun Recipe Booklet

These limited edition recipe booklets were tailor made by the Food is Fun team and beautifully illustrated by a local artist. They are packed with easy to make, cheap meals that are still healthy and quick!

£10 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Tour a Solar Farm!

This unique opportunity will let you get up close with a huge community owned solar farm right here in Plymouth. Meet the Solar Bees, get all your solar questions answered and find out about the Net Zero plans for Plymouth with Plymouth Energy Community. The event date will be confirmed after the Crowdfunder ends.

£12 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Mountain Biking Session inc Bike Hire

The MTB Collective is a Community Interest Company that uses mountain biking to improve outcomes for people from across Plymouth. Their courses, for young people aged 8-18, aim to improve the understanding of how maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle can lead to positive future outcomes. This reward gives you an introductory session including the bike hire!

£15 or more

0 of 5 claimed

25% discount and a limited ed Tote from BDB

Grab yourself 25% off your next from Borrow Don't Buy - Plymouth's Library of Things AND a fancy eco tote to carry them home in! Save the planet and your pocket...

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

A3 Print from Radical Creations

Claim your A3 print from Free Radical Creations - a creative social entrepreneur based in the Plot Union Street.

£20 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Voucher for Shigoo World Health Food

Get yourself a £25 voucher for the bonus price of only £20 for supporting the festival. Shigoo Health Foods specialises in World Health Foods, everything from organic cocoa beans to moringa products and hibiscus flower. Shigoo has a passion for sharing their love of food with everyone they meet and are devoted to offering the highest-quality products at affordable prices. Based in The Genesis Building.

£20 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Personal Tour of the Historic Millenium Building

A private Tour for you and up to 2 friends of the Millennium building on Union Street. This amazing building is draped in local history and has been out of bounds for many years before Nudge community Builders purchased it to bring it back to life! The tour includes a 1 minute dance party in the auditorium with song of choice. (3 people max per tour)

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Nourishing Bread subscription to Heyl Bakery

Grab yourself this subscription to local Heyl Bakery and pick up a fresh baked loaf every week for the next 6 weeks. Perfect with your Autumn Soups and morning bacon sandwiches! There'll be a choice of breads for your savouring and you could always treat yourself to one of their other delicious baked goods while you're there!

£40 or more

1 of 2 claimed

4 tickets to Immersive Dome Show of your choice

Social Enterprise, Real Ideas Organisation have recently opened their spectacular new immersive theatre in the historic Devonport Market Hall. This reward gives you 4 tickets to a show in the awe-inspiring 15m immersive dome – the first of its kind in Europe. Worth up to £48. -

£50 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Friend of the Festival

How can you show your business supports sustainability and compassion in business? Become a Friend of the Festival for just £50 and we'll give you a graphic to add to your emails and website to say you're amazing and we'll add an interactive copy of your logo to the website.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Studio tour and Radio interview

Grab yourself some of the limelight to talk about what you do with this reward from Hospital Radio Plymouth. You'll get a VIP tour of the studio and an on air interview broadcast live to their Plymouth Wide Audience. (This can be arranged to suit you and your schedule over the next 12 months)

£50 or more

0 of 2 claimed

3 month’s Connect membership with Real Ideas Org

This fantastic reward will give you 3 months of Connect Membership at their broad campus of stunning spaces in the south west. It includes - 1 hour per month 1-2-1 support, mentoring or coaching Access to specialist resources, tools and facilities 4 days per month use of flexible work or making spaces (split into 8 half day bookings) 20% discount on selected activity and services

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Personal PR session for your business

Is PR a weakspot for your organisation? This 1 hour 1-1 with Manico PR could be just what you need. Whether it's support with a Press release, practice for how you communicate your message or questions about who you should be speaking to and how to get the press to pay attention she can help you!

£75 or more

0 of 1 claimed

2 hour 'visioning and social impact 'session

Grab this 2 hour 1-1 workshop with social enterprise experts Iridescent Ideas. If you've got an idea for a social enterprise or you're at a crossroads with your enterprise then this is for you! Talk through what you want for your business, explore the impact you want to have and plan how you get there. This is half the usual cost so snap it up!!

£90 or more

Free Room Hire

Moments Cafe and Hub have gorgeous city centre meeting spaces for hire and are offering one as a reward - up to 20 delegates, including all of the added benefits such as teas and coffees, flipchart and projector if required. They'll even promote your event for you if you want them to! Buy this reward and save yourself the VAT costs!

£110 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Full Day room hire with refreshments

A full day room hire in one of the gorgeous and historic buildings owned by social enterprise landlords Millfields Trust. Includes teas, coffees and use of all facilities. This reward is worth up to £150 so grab a bargain!! Check out their venues on the website -

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Action Learning Session for your Team

This is for 1 x 4 hour Action learning set for 4-6 people. Action Learning is an amazing skill set for you and your team to work through challenges and find innovative and insightful solutions for your business. It also helps build strong relationships in a team by giving you a place where all perspectives and opinions are equal. You can learn more about it here -

£5 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Cream Tea for Two

Save yourself some money and treat yourself to something nice all at once with this Reward. Claim your Cream Tea for 2 from the wonderful Social Enterprise on your High Street Moments Cafe and Hub. And we won't judge you if you eat both yourself because these homemade scones are DELICIOUS

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Guided Foraging Walk

Support the festival and get yourself some fresh air and skills! The Family Foraging Kitchen are a wonderful social enterprise teaching people how to connect with the world around them. This reward is for a place on one of their foraging walks either hedgerow or coastal -

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Delicious Breakfast and Coffee for 2

Delicious cooked breakfast made with fresh, tasty, local produce (excellent vegan options available) and some seriously nice coffee from popular local community eatery Cawfee on Union Street.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 voucher to fill your belly at Jabulani

Donate today and Grab yourself the reward of £30 of food to fill you belly at the wonderful Jabulani. Jabulani is a multi-cultural food court that is situated in THE PLOT on union street (at the back). we want to create a bubbling and communal experience that celebrates the increasingly diverse culture and provides a vibrant and far-flung experiences.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Yoga Session for you and a Friend

If you've always wanted to try yoga but don't feel confident joining a class then this is for you! Haidee has 20 years experience as a yoga teacher and she will run a personalised yoga session for you a friend, taking you through the basics and answering all your questions. No pressure, no stress.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Family Ticket to a Christmas Show

Join the Magical team at Stiltskin in the Soapbox theatre as they whisk your family away in a story this Christmas. This prize is for 4 tickets and there is a choice of 2 shows - The Christmas Mouse, which is perfect for toddlers, or a family show The Magic Lantern and The Story Thief. Worth up to £56 -

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

2 Adult Wrestling Sessions!

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Do you know why John Cena does that thing with his hand? Would you like to go a little lucha libre? Well then this is the reward for you.... 2 free adult wrestling sessions! Experience whats it’s like to get in the ring and train with professionals!

£65 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Roast dinner and dessert for 4 at the Lord High

The Lord High Admiral is a bit of a local mecca for good food and they've kindly donated their legendary Roast Dinner (inc dessert) for 4 people (vegan options available) If you could get a table this would set you back £72 so grab a bargain!

£150 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Bronze Sponsorship Festival

Show that your organisation is committed to making Plymouth a better place for everyone with this sponsorship. You'll show people that you support the SDG's and want to #DoingBusinessDifferently. You'll also get your logo and name on the Festival Website for a whole year and a mention in press about the festival.

£300 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Silver Festival Sponsorship

Silver Level sponsors show their commitment to the SDG's. to #DoingBusinessDifferently and to building a better Plymouth as well as getting their logo and business name on the festival website and flyers and having the chance to display their company at an event

£500 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Gold Festival Sponsorship

Gold Sponsors will get the chance to demonstrate their commitment to the SDG's, to Plymouth and to #DoingBusinessDifferently. They will also get their name and logo on all press and marketing materials as well as a chance to highlight their own business at events. There are other fantastic benefits to this reward please get in touch to find out more

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Headline Sponsorship of the festival

The headline sponsor of the festival will not only demonstrate their commitment to the SDG's, to Plymouth and to #DoingBusinessDifferently. They will also get exclusive chances to engage with the festival, have their name and logo integrated in to all festival marketing materials, they'll be named in all press and marketing, and have a chance to highlight their own business at festival events!

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