Training and Events

Free Awareness Seminars

Make it Happen are pleased to announce a programme of free awareness seminars for organisations working with social and ethical businesses.

There are six seminars that can be selected:

Each seminar lasts for three hours and includes handouts and practical discussion – all free of charge.

Go to our events page to see a list of free awareness seminars or contact us to arrange a free seminar in your area.

One day training sessions

Our one day training sessions build on the awareness seminars with more practical exercises and discussion.

We offer six, one day training sessions as follows:

Value and Values: how do they play a part in business today?

Over the last few years there has been an increased interest in the ‘added’ value of services delivered within all sectors, but what does the ‘added’ bit mean?

At the same rate, the general public has become more interested in ‘Values’, in the ‘ethical purchase’ and the ‘ethical organisation’.

By the end of this seminar you will understand the importance of Value and Values within today’s marketplace and how you can embed them into your organisation to increase your Unique Selling Point.

Legal Structures for Social and Ethical Business

In this seminar we consider the economic landscape as a whole and identify the three main sectors of the economy.  We take a look at the type of legal structures that are available to the economic sector and analyse the challenges and benefits in adapting these legal structures for Social and Ethical Businesses.

By the end of this seminar you will have an understanding of the current economic landscape in relation to social and ethical business along with raised awareness of the range of legal structures available.

Developing an ethical and values based culture in your organisation

For all social and ethical businesses their values are at the heart of everything they do, but very few go on to develop an ethics management structure which is essential for protecting your organisations legitimacy with stakeholders and society as a whole.

By the end of this seminar you will have an understanding of the importance of an ethics management system within your organisation and an opportunity to develop a Code of Ethics and ethics management plan for your organisation.

Working with Stakeholders

Social and ethical business is about people, the people both inside and outside your organisation.  In this seminar we look at stakeholder mapping and dialogue, analyse stakeholders with power, influence and legitimacy and how to develop engagement plans that foster collaboration and cooperation.

By the end of this seminar you will have gained an understanding of stakeholder mapping and dialogue, have a raised awareness of stakeholder typology and had the opportunity to develop a stakeholder engagement plan for your organisation.

Diversifying Income Generation

Social and Ethical businesses are currently faced with a number of economic challenges with the reduction of public sector contracts, tougher trading conditions, and increased competition for funding and less people donating.  In this seminar we will explore the different income generation possibilities available to your organisation, to develop your income potential over four key areas; Trading, Commissioning, Funding and Fundraising. By the end of this seminar you will have raised awareness of methods available to your organisation in order to generate sustainable income and had the opportunity to develop an outline income diversification plan for your organisation.

Measuring and Reporting your Social Value

Understanding your organisations social value and impact is an excellent method of demonstrating to your stakeholders the value your services have to them, the local community and to society as a whole.  This seminar aims to introduce delegates to Social Value and Impact, providing practical knowledge and skills to understand and communicate your value and impact to society.  During the seminar we will explore Social Value and Impact and find out more about current social accounting frameworks such as Social Return on Investment (SROI), Local Multiplier Effect (LM3), Social Account and Audit (SAA) and AA1000.

By the end of this seminar you will have gained an understanding of the terms Social Value and Impact, the frameworks available to you to help calculate, measure and communicate your Social Value and Impact and how they can be used to promote your organisation and develop your organisations sustainability.

Profit for Purpose – 3 day course

The success of any business is rooted in the “Value” of the products and services you sell – if the customer does not feel that the product is of any value they won’t buy it.

A social & ethical business needs to consider four elements;

Profit: The money that is generated that is invested in society to increase value = Economic Capital

People: The people that are supported and developed to grow personally and professionally = Human Capital

Social Impact: The benefit to society = Social Capital

Ethics: The protection of values and sense of morale = Ethical Capital

These four elements equate to Value Capital.

Value Capital is what you need to demonstrate to your stakeholders, to prove your worth, to win contracts, to sell products and services, encourage investment and most importantly make people feel good about engaging with your organisation.

This three day training course will challenge traditional thinking, provide new learning, practical tools and the opportunity to create plans to develop your social and ethical business while networking with like minded people.

Over two days we will provide training in our key areas:

  • Value and Values: How do they play a part in business today?
  • Legal Structures for Social and Ethical Business
  • Developing an Ethical and Values based culture in your organisation
  • Working with Stakeholders
  • Diversifying  Income Generation
  • Measuring and Reporting your Social Value

Our third day is facilitated through Open Space Technology, this will allow delegates to further discuss concepts and ideas that have been generated throughout the two learning days, gain further support and discuss the benefits and challenges of Social and Ethical Business.

Go to our events page to find out when and where the next Profit for Purpose Course is or contact us to arrange a course in your area.

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