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The East Sussex Social Enterprise Conference will take place on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 and will involve an afternoon of speakers, topical discussions and practical workshops.

The conference will address issues facing social entrepreneurs at every stage from start-up to sustain and scale-up. The workshop topics will be investment for growth, financing start-ups, impact measurement, European funding and community enterprise.

An opportunity to help shape the future of support for social entrepreneurs will be available as the East Sussex Social Enterprise Strategy and the formation of Social Enterprise East Sussex CIC will be launched.

Networking will start at 12:30pm before the opening speakers begin at 1pm. The event will last until 4pm and is held at the University of Brighton’s Hastings campus.

To register for the event please click here.business-breakfast

It was an extremely successful night on Friday for McPhersons’ clients, both for the start-up businesses they have nurtured and for their more established clients

McPhersons are proactive with all their clients and in this case, advised their start-up business clients to enter these important local awards.

Ainsley Gill said: “From our own experience, winning an award like this leads to much welcome publicity. Potential new customers are reassured that your company is doing something right. McPhersons received many enquiries as a result of winning the 1066 customer service award and hope our winning clients will benefit too.”

Amongst the winners were The Crown in Hastings, overall winner for Best Eatery and highly commended for Best Start-up Business, Fulrum Learning  were highly commended for Best Start-up Business as well as Investor in Training. The True Crime Museum were overall winner for Best Start-up Business and highly commended Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year.

Of their more established clients, Hastings Printing Company were the overall winner of the Medium Business of the Year and The Swan House Bed & Breakfast were winner of the Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year.

To top it all off, Tim Pearce from Kurt J Lesker, another McPhersons client, was named the Business Person of the Year.

It’s easy to see the pattern emerging here; become a McPhersons Client and you will be well on your way to success!

The Let’s Do Business Group is the leading social enterprise in the country for finance according to the NatWest Social Enterprise 100 Index.

In addition to topping the Index within the finance sector, the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) feature third across the South East region and fourth overall out of more than 800 social enterprises.

Let’s do Business have helped start-ups and established businesses to grow and prosper throughout the South East of England for more than 20 years.natwest se100

Its finance arm, Let’s Do Business Finance (LDBF) offers an alternative source of commercial funding to companies that are unable to source the capital they need from high street lenders.

In the last financial year, LDBF lent more than £700,000 to SMEs in the South East, a marked increase compared to the £238,000 lent the previous year, representing almost an increase in growth of almost 70%.

This is in addition to the £1 million the Group has lent to start-up ventures in the past four months throughout the South of England.

Ian Smallwood Head of Services at LDBF said, “We are delighted to be number one within the finance sector in the NatWest SE Index. Not only have we grown considerably in the past couple of years, but we have been able to almost triple the number of businesses we can help.

“This is a great achievement for our team, but importantly these businesses are now able to grow and thrive, creating more jobs and further strengthen the economy in the South East.”

The team at LDBF offers loans of between £3,000 and £50,000 to companies looking to scale-up their operations, with start-up finance available up to £25,000.

The SE 100 Index tracks data from social enterprises across the UK, offering an insight into their performance.