Under the restructuring of the Place Department the Council’s Economic Development Team has closed, some staff are leaving and those remaining are remaining were being split over 3 separate divisions. What will happen to the Council’s role of co-ordinating the Social Enterprise Network has yet to be decided. Alec Murray, who has co-ordinated the Croydon SE Network, has been made redundant. Is it time for the SEs to take control of the Forum and simply have the Council as a member. Nikki Fisher suggests it should be and should bid for funding (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1136060386416203/1139614316060810). Most SEs in the Borough do not take part.
Coast to Capital SE Set up and Grow
Croydon Council and Croydon Business Venture have been successful in the first stage of a funding bid under the Coast to Capital joint ESF and Lottery funding programme with a number of other organisations including UnLtd. The accountable body is a co-operative; ‘The Platform’ that is based in Brighton and there are 3 areas, Croydon, Brighton and Chichester involved.
Thursday 12 May. 11am – 1pm. SEEK Project Focus Group For the Unemployed
The SEEK project is looking for people who are out of work to set up new social enterprises and develop employability skills to take part in a focus group of prospective participants in the project. If you are unemployed or economically inactive and interested in setting up a social enterprise, SEEK want to know your views on how this project should be designed and delivered. There will be free lunch and any reasonable travel expenses will be paid on the day in exchange for your ticket.
Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon, CR0 4WF (100 meters from the Wandle Park tram stop).
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Dianne Defreitas on 0795 717 6657 or e-mail her at Dianne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 9 June. 5.30pm. Croydon Social Enterprise Network
Venue to be announced.
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