Brighton University received its validation for the Graduate Certificate in Social Enterprise course on 27 July 2005. The course will be offered to part time students in the community and voluntary sector starting in both September 2005 and in January 2006.
Funded by a Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) grant, managed by Brighton and Hove Council, the course will help develop management skills and knowledge in the area of new venture start-ups.
According to the DTI's Small Business Service there are 15,000 established social enterprises in the UK which have at least a minimum of 25% of income from commercial trading activity.
The course leader Clifford Conway said that "Social enterprises are organisations that are primarily driven to meet a social need while at the same time make a profit but not necessarily to maximise profit". A good example is East Communications Ltd based in the Whitehawk community whose mission is "to reinvest our profits to help local people develop communication channels to create a better life for themselves and their communities". Click on the link for further information: www.eastcommunications.co.uk
The course will run on a fortnightly basis as one-day workshops with a parallel action learning set, following the week after. The programme is assessed via a professionally produced business plan and an academic business plan rationale.
To find out more, contact Clifford Conway at Brighton University by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01273 642175.
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