Introduction to Social Value Workshop

“De-mystifying Social Value”

9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday, 22 March 2018
CREA Building, Eden Rural Enterprise Centre, Penrith, CA11 0DT

  • What is Social Value?
  • Why do we need to bother?
  • How do we start to measure our impact?
  • Other related language … what does it all mean?
  • Where to go to for guidance and support

This half day workshop will be delivered by Nicola Lynch who is experienced in the delivery and evaluation of social impact and works across all sectors to support organisations in monitoring and evaluating their work for maximum impact for their stakeholders.

Who should attend?

The event is targeted at anyone who is looking for a basic understanding of what social value is, why your organisation should be monitoring it and how to make a start at doing it.

What will I get out of it?

  • A basic understanding of what social value is and why you need to measure it for your organisation.
  • An Action Plan for ‘Starting our Social Value journey’ – what you should be collecting and how to measure, quantify and report it simply.


This event is FREE but booking is essential. To reserve your place email before Tuesday, 20th March.

Cumbria Social Enterprise Conference & Awards Ceremony

Book your placeCSEP Annual Conference & Awards

“Empowering Communities through Enterprise”

Thursday, 8th March 2018
Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven

The Partnership is delighted to be hosting this year’s Cumbria Social Enterprise awards ceremony in West Cumbria at the Rosehill Theatre in Whitehaven, which re-opened last year following a £2.7m transformation. The event will also hear from some of the many inspirational social enterprises delivering services and activities throughout West Cumbria.

Booking for this free event is now open via Eventbrite

This year’s awards have four categories:

  • Overall Best Social Enterprise
  • Best New Social Enterprise
  • Best Community Enterprise
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Entries for the awards must be received by noon on Thursday, 22 February. Full details about the awards and how to submit an entry can be found at Award Criteria and Application Form




The difference a bit of a helping hand makes …

We are delighted to report that the social enterprise business support programme has engaged with 54 social enterprise since it started just over 12 months ago.  The support programme, which is fully funded by Cumbria County Council provides 2/3 days of business support to both existing social enterprises helping them develop their business in some way and also supporting the start-up of new social enterprise businesses.

… and what better way to demonstrate the difference this targeted business support makes than hearing from some of the businesses who have benefited from the Social Enterprise Support Programme so far:

If you would like more information about the programme and to find out if you would be eligible for support, email

Work, Life, Social Enterprise – Where’s the Boundary?

Digital technologies and media such as smartphones and social networking sites can be very helpful to social entrepreneurs as they provide a low cost method of knowledge sharing, marketing and interacting with others.  But how does this affect our work-life boundaries?  Is always-on connectivity a good thing because it gives us freedom to work flexibly … or does it cause problems because we’ve developed the habit to never switch off?

We were very luck to welcome Prof Gillian Symon, Professor of Organisational Studies at Royal Holloway University London to Kendal on 2nd November, who facilitated a workshop looking at Work/Life Boundaries for social entrepreneurs, exploring potential ideas and solutions to get the balance right and the need for ‘sane engagement with technology’!

If you were’t able to attend the workshop, you might be interested to read an overview report Work, Life, Social Enterprise – Where’s the Boundary? undertaken for Digital Brain Switch, which looks at the paradox of social entrepreneur’s passion for their work – which encourages a holistic lifestyle, but at the same time can create feelings of overload and particularly the part digital technologies play in this Work/Life balance.

Should social entrepreneurs set boundaries?

What kind of boundaries matter?


“How I started my Social Enterprise “… stories from Cumbria Webinar

Hear real stories of what it was like setting up a social enterprise in Cumbria from people who have been there and got the T-shirt!  The speakers are from both new and old social enterprises around the County and they all have their unique perspectives.


The webinar took place on 29th September, but if you missed it, you can catch it on YouTube


Hear from the following:

  • Daniel Heery (Chair) set up Cybermoor delivering digital services in Cumbria and pioneering broadband for remote rural areas across the country.
  • Rachel Holliday set up Time to Change (West Cumbria) creating a new innovative solution to homelessness and unemployment in West Cumbria.
  • Julia Clifford set up iCan Health & Fitness CIC aimed particularly at supporting people who may have a barrier to participating in exercise.
  • Katherine Rutherford set up Happy Mums Foundation CIC supporting women who may experience maternal mental health problems.
  • Question and Answer Session (All Panellists)
  • Closing Comments and next webinar

For more information e-mail or call 01434 382 808. Follow us on twitter @secumbria

CSEP Members Networking Event & AGM

Tuesday, 26th September at 10.00am-1.30pm

Harraby Community Campus, CA1 3SN

We hope you can join us for our AGM and Networking Event where we’ll be bringing you up to date on what’s been happening over the past year, what plans we have in place for the future and hearing from some of the great community led solutions being delivered in Carlisle.

The event is free to attend, but as lunch is included in the event, booking is requested.  CLICK here to book online or email enquiries@secumbria.orgDownload_agenda_button

The Partnership is a members’ organisation managed by a Steering Group made up of a cross section of representatives from within the sector. If this is a role you would be interested in looking into, we would love to hear from you.

Intro to Social Enterprise Webinar

If you missed our webinar on 19th July, then catch up in your own time.


What the webinar covered?

  • Find out what social enterprises are.
  • What types of social enterprises are operating in the County.
  • Get a better idea about how social enterprises can support your communities, assets and services.
  • Finding further support to take your ideas further.

You can also download a copy of the presentation from the day



Do you want to grow your social enterprise?

If the answer is “YES”, Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership (CSEP) can help you.

The Partnership has delivered a Business Support Programme for the past 10 years and is pleased to announce that a new programme of support is available funded by Cumbria County Council.

The programme funds up to 2 days specialist consultancy support for existing Cumbrian social enterprises who would like to grow their business.

The aim of the programme is to help improve performance, sustainability, create additional employment and promote economic growth within the social enterprise sector.

The advice and support available can be tailored to suit your organisation’s own particular needs, but for example, could be to help with:

  • Business planning
  • Finance and funding
  • Sustainability planning
  • Marketing
  • Procurement
  • Product development and diversification

A simple application form needs to be completed, but a decision on eligibility will be provided quickly.

The programme is being delivered by Cybermoor Ltd with other delivery partners on behalf of CSEP.

Contact us now by email to or telephone 01434 382808 to find out more about the programme and if it could help you.

CSEP Back in Business !

Dear CSEP Member

I hope that you are all keeping well!

It has taken quite a while, but I am very pleased to be able to announce that following a competitive tender process, Cumbria County Council have awarded a contract to Cybermoor Services of Alston to manage a new Social Enterprise Support and Networking programme, under the umbrella of the Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership.

Cybermoor will deliver the contract with the support of a consortium of experienced social enterprise business advisors.  The programme, which has been carefully aligned to Cumbria County Council’s aims and objectives, will provide business support, as well as networking activities to help further develop the social enterprise sector in Cumbria and will include the following:

  • business start-up advice (including intensive support for any social enterprises wishing to take over,, or support the delivery of local Cumbria County Council services)
  • one-to-one support advice as a core aspect to developing social enterprise businesses
  • post-start assistance to improve performance, sustainability, create additional employment and promote economic growth
  • assistance to develop funding, marketing and trading plans
  • workshops, seminars, networking meetings, including the CSEP AGM and annual conference and awards

Cumbria County Council has provided long term support for the sector for a number of years and this programme will focus on supporting the Council’s vision and priorities as outlined in the Council’s 2016-19 Plan.  An initial meeting has taken place with the six CCC Area Managers, with some positive outcomes already being generated via the Area Support teams.   Cybermoor will also be working with the Area Support Offices to organise a series of district networking meetings.

The first networking event on the topic of Community Assets has been organised in partnership with Locality on Tuesday, 28th February at the Market Hall, Wigton (see agenda attached with a link for booking).

As part of Cumbria County Council’s structural reorganisation the post of CESP Manager ceased to exist in the spring of last year, but I have continued to work very closely, on a voluntary basis, with Martin Allman CCC’s Economic Programme Manager on all aspects of this new Social Enterprise support programme. The new contract also includes support to manage the Partnership’s website and members’ communications.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CSEP membership for their patience during the period between the end of the last CSEP support programmes and the start of this new programme (which include the facilities to communicate with our membership), and I would also like to thank Cumbria County Council for their valued ongoing support to the Cumbrian Social Enterprise sector.

Anyone wanting more information about the programme and how to apply for business support, should email or telephone 01434 382808.

Kind regards
Rob Randell
CSEP Chair

Community Assets Event – Warts & All

Organised in partnership with Locality, a network event showcasing learning from across Cumbria and beyond.

It’s not always easy, but it’s vital.  Find out how communities are running buildings, managing spaces and delivering services themselves and learn about available support.


Tuesday 28th February from 10.30am – 3.30pm

The Market Hall, Wigton, Cumbria