Welcome to the Leeds Enterprise Network - a supportive network for early stage businesses and enterprise students in Leeds.
The Leeds Enterprise Network hosts quarterly speaker events which are free to attend. The Network provides an opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, network amongst successful entrepreneurs and make new business contacts over a complimentary buffet. The Network is a collaborative partnership between the business support services at Leeds City College, Leeds Metropolitan University and the University of Leeds.
The details for the next event will be available very soon, so keep checking the website for any updates.
Social Enterprise and Networking
Leeds Metropolitan University were the hosts of the Leeds Enterprise Network event on Wednesday 5th March which focused on business support and social enterprise.
The evening commenced with networking followed by three guest speakers who specialise in running and supporting social enterprise businesses.
Speakers included Chief Executive of the Leeds Community Foundation, Sally-Anne Greenfield. As the city’s largest independent grant-maker which currently invests approximately £3m a year in local charities and social enterprises, the Foundation manages a number of schemes that encourage enterprise and innovation including the Yorkshire Venture Philanthropy Fund and the Ideas that Change Lives programme. Sally-Anne summed up what makes a social enterprise “it’s like a business where you start by having a plan and intend to make profit, but what you do with that profit is what separates you from any other business. Re-investing the money back into the business and in to your local community to make it a better place is what a Social Enterprise is all about”.
Our keynote speaker Nicola Greenan spoke passionately about her many Social
Enterprise ventures, including Arts-Stra, which brought together a community of artists using exhibition space across the city and her current baby the LS14 Trust, a community based enterprise which has ambitions to revitalise Seacroft and create new opportunities for residence. Her latest aspiration is an Artists Hostel and heritage centre for the old Burmantofts Pottery. Nicola really showed her commitment saying “Do I make a fortune – NO. Do I have a good salary – YES. Am I happy to get up every day and work 15 hour days – YES”. Nicola appropriately ended her speech with the quote – “Businesses are like babies; they fall over and they grow up. It’s hard work but a great deal of fun!!”
Our final speaker was Nickala Torkington from UnLtd, who are a leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. Nickala talked about the different levels of funding available to students, staff and recent graduates of Universities across the UK who are setting up or running a social enterprise.
The recently launched Enterprise Academy at Leeds Metropolitan University also handed out awards to their business competition winners, who pitched their ideas to a panel of judges for a £1500 cash prize. Christopher Knight from Samply was awarded the Business Concept Competition prize and John Tetik from Konnect Event Service Ltd was awarded the Business of the Year prize.
Building on the popularity of the Leeds Enterprise Network ,QU2 is hosting Café Connect.
Find out more and register your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cafe-connect-tickets-10988044537