Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival 2023

by Plymouth Social Enterprise Network in Plymouth, United Kingdom

Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival 2023
We did it
On 20th October 2023 we successfully raised £16,288 with 38 supporters in 46 days

Our festival highlights and supports the amazing social enterprises working hard to create a kinder, fairer, and more impactful Plymouth.

by Plymouth Social Enterprise Network in Plymouth, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Pledges that take us beyond our target will allow us do so much more for Plymouth's socially beneficial economy and really capitalise on the national attention in this Social Enterprise Places anniversary year.
More funds means more events and opportunities for our members to collaborate and learn. It will secure the future editions of the festival and help us promote our members.  We'll send out more copies of our upcoming book to archives, agencies and policy makers so more people can find out about the massive impact Social Enterprises have made on our city and how to do business differently.

Plymouth Social Enterprise Network is a Network of social enterprises in the UK’s leading Place for socially impactful business. 

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.

In the face of turbulent times - cuts in statutory services, the cost of living crisis, the continuing repercussions of the pandemic and geopolitical upheavals - social enterprises are bridging the gaps, solving the problems, improving lives and providing the safety net that catches people when they most need it. 

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 cafes who support people living with Dementia to have full, happy lives, community groups who own the vacant spaces around them, counselling services who create specially funded spaces to those who have experienced domestic violence or an art therapy group run by and for a neurodivergent community.  This is just a few of them, you can find more on our website and through the fantastic rewards they’ve donated. 


Why now? What’s so special about his festival?

This is our 14th year of running the festival, which has grown from an afternoon conference back in 2009 into a multi-day celebration of the incredible 200+ social enterprises in Plymouth.  We curate a programme of events that highlight these enterprises and create opportunities for skill sharing, inspiring, learning, socialising, connecting, and profile raising.

2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the ‘Social Enterprise Places’ movement, and Plymouth was the first city in the country to be awarded this status by national membership body Social Enterprise UK.

Plymouth is recognised as a leading hotspot of social enterprise activity and has one of the largest socially beneficial economies nationally. We want to make the most of this national event to bring the amazing work and impact of these businesses to the attention of more people in Plymouth and beyond.

We want to further cement Plymouth’s recognition by inviting social entrepreneurs, policy makers and leaders from across the UK Places movement to see for themselves the incredible work of our members.

Why a crowdfunder?

PSEN is a CIC, owned by our member organisations. We run on a non-profit basis where our operational costs are kept to a minimum, covered by our membership fees and grants for conducting work which benefits the membership. Our last crowdfunder in 2021 provided the security to run 2 festivals (with sponsor support) and has kept our network events free and accessible to all our members over the last 2 years.

The festival is our flagship event, and with national attention this year due to our Social Enterprise Places anniversary, we want to bring the work of our members to a greater audience than ever by running bigger, more inclusive events.

We know there are challenges for all businesses, we want to run a wider, 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 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 visit, exchange knowledge and 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


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

A festival supporter!

Show your support for Plymouth’s socially beneficial economy. We'll put your name on our festival website and give you a shout out on our social media. Be the first to get updates on more rewards and festival events!

£5 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Roots HR Training - Inclusive Recruitment

Roots HR, the UK’s HR specialist consultancy for the social sector have kindly donated a HR webinar for our crowdfunder. Give your staff the tools to create a more diverse and inclusive organisation through your recruitment practices. Join Roots HR at 10am on Tuesday 14th November 2023.

£10 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£15 Borrow Don't Buy Credit

Are you a borrower? Grab £15 of credit on your Borrow Don’t Buy account for just £10! You'll need to be a current BDB member, and the credit will be applied at the conclusion of the crowdfunder.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

ThinqTanq Coworking Day Pass

Grab a day pass for Plymouth’s original coworking space and get all the benefits of being a ThinqTanq member for a day - free wifi, free refreshments, free printing, access to meeting rooms, and most importantly- no distractions.

£20 or more

7 of 20 claimed

Festival Goody Bag!

Grab yourself a mystery bag of local Social Enterprise treats. These limited edition tote bags will contain some awesome freebies, vouchers and exclusive offers from local socially beneficial businesses.

£25 or more

Meeting room hire - East End Community Centre

Get 2 hours for the price of 1 on meeting room hire at the East End Community Centre! Adaptable rooms for board / hybrid meetings or a clear floor space to do training and other usage.

£30 or more

2 of 15 claimed

SocEnt Safari #1: Empowering Communities

Join us on Thursday 9th November for a safari around some of Plymouth’s finest Social Enterprises who are Empowering Communities. See in action and on location what happens when a community comes together and takes ownership of their assets. The day starts at 9am with coffee at Jabulani and ends at 3pm after lunch, talks and a Q&A at The Clipper, both on Union Street. Further details on the PSEN Festival Page.

£30 or more

0 of 15 claimed

SocEnt Safari #2: Community Collaborators

Join us on Friday 10th November for a safari around some of Plymouth’s finest Social Enterprises themed around Community Collaborators. See in action and on location what happens when people and organisations say no to competition and yes to collaboration. The day starts at 9am with coffee at Moments Café on New George Street and ends at 2.30pm after lunch, talks and a Q&A at Devonport Markethall. Further details on the PSEN Festival Page.

£45 or more

IT Suite Hire - East End Community Centre

Get 2 hours for the price of 1 on IT Suite/Training room at the East End Community Centre! Adaptable rooms for board / hybrid meetings or a clear floor space to do training and other usage.

£50 or more

3 of 15 claimed

Friend of the Festival

This sponsorship tier allows any sized business to show their commitment to Plymouth’s socially beneficial economy. 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 festival website.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

'3 for 2' On-demand business courses

Iridescent Ideas CIC offers a range of informative and engaging online courses, designed to support social enterprises, charities and community groups at any stage of their journey. Informed by 30 years’ experience in the sector, the courses include films, practical exercises, templates and resources to guide you step-by-step through each subject. More info here:

£175 or more

0 of 1 claimed

3 x 1 Hour Coaching Session With Faraday Fearnside

Save money on a block of 3x 1 hour coaching sessions with Faraday Fearnside. (Usual value £225) Faraday is an experienced mentor, specialist tutor, trainer, life and workplace coach. Start your journey of change so you can attract the job, relationship or career that you want or just simply develop the skills you already have and build confidence.

£216 or more

0 of 2 claimed

1 Month free 'Why Not Thrive!' Membership

Get 12months membership for a discounted price (Usual value £288) for this new online platform providing you with what you need to thrive in Life Love, Work & Study The site is loaded with courses and downloadable resources, podcasts to listen to, meditations to relax you, and CPD to train you. Memberships will begin in October 2023.

£300 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Silver Festival Sponsorship

Silver Sponsors will get the chance to demonstrate their commitment 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

£1,250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Headline Festival Sponsorship

The headline sponsor of the festival will not only demonstrate their commitment to Plymouth's social enterprise economy 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!

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Moments Cafe Voucher

A £20 voucher to spend on the fantastic menu at Moments Café and Memory Matters Hub. Grab lunch or a snack with a friend and support our City Festival!Moments Café is a Social Enterprise based in the heart of Plymouth City Centre. We offer a safe environment for people to meet, eat and socialise and all of our profits go towards Memory Matters.

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personal Yoga or Wellbeing Warrior session!

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 runs the Tree Project CIC. She will run a personalised yoga session for you, a friend, or a family group taking you through the basics and answering all your questions. No pressure, no stress.

£150 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Bronze Festival Sponsorship

Show that your organisation is committed to making Plymouth a better place for everyone with this Bronze level sponsorship. You'll get your logo and name on the Festival Website for a whole year and a mention in press about the festival.

£550 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Gold Festival Sponsorship

Gold Sponsors will get the chance to demonstrate their commitment to Plymouth's social enterprise economy 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

Got an idea like this?

Over £200 million has been raised from our crowd to support the projects they love! Plus tens of millions more unlocked by our partners.