Bath Social Impact Network brings together like-minded groups and individuals to improve and grow the social economy in Bath and North East Somerset. It’s run in partnership with Bath Spa University and 3SG.
Bath Spa University and 3SG have set up the Bath Social Impact Network (BSIN) to fill a gap identified for businesses and individuals working in social, community and environmental impact areas in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES).
Whether you’re a social enterprise, B Corp, CIC, co-op, or interested in the work of these types of organisations, we’re here to support you on your journey.
Why would you want to join yet another network?
If you want to meet and connect with like-minded and purpose-driven individuals and businesses then this network is for you. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend sessions specially tailored to help grow and develop the social economy. We aim to bring together those working for good in the BaNES region, making us stronger together.
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Access new funding and opportunities with our Social Investment Programme
Our series of free workshops help you to sharpen your business plan, understand what types of investment are available for your organisation and help you to increase the impact your organisation is making. You’ll also have access to a free mentor who can help you get investment-ready, refine your social investment ideas and source investment opportunities.
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Our upcoming events
We’ll be running sessions specially tailored for businesses and individuals working in social, community and environmental impact areas in BaNES. Whether you already work in these areas, are looking to grow or set up a new impact organisation or looking for one to partner with, you’re more than welcome to join us at one of our events.
Business As A Force For Good: Planning and Finding Funding
Do you have a cause that is close to your heart? Or a vision to make impact in your community? Are you passionate about making a difference but not sure where to start? Have you already started, but need direction and focus? Then this session is for you.
You'll learn how to plan and fund your social enterprise, including:
- Developing a one-page visual plan
- What types of funding are available, including grants, loans and investment
- Understanding the key elements for making funding applications
- Tools and resources for securing funding, including a business plan template
- Deciding on your next steps
December festive networking
With the year coming to an end, we wanted to gather all of the amazing people who have made this year a success. Join us for the Bath Social Impact Network December networking event for a mulled wine and some nibbles and catch up with old friends and new.
Our past events
Setting up a new impact organisation
- Monday 20 November
- 2:30pm - 4pm
When starting on your social impact journey, deciding what type of organisation you should be can be challenging. Different types of social impact organisations have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Julian Blake from Stone King spoke to our attendees about what options are available to them.
November virtual networking - Place Based Community Partnerships
- Tuesday 14 November
- 10:30am - 12:30pm
Our November virtual networking event welcomed Julian Blake from Stone King, who spoke about Place Based Community Partnerships.
Our members had a chance to then network with each other and ask Julian any questions they had about Community Partnerships.
What is crowdfunding and how to do it
Helen Gaffney from Achates joined us to talk all about crowdfunding.
We explored examples of how organisations have developed and delivered successful crowdfunding campaigns, the successes and challenges they've faced and what they've learned along the way.
May networking event: The Funding Landscape of BaNES
- Tuesday 16 May
- Newark Works, 2 Foundry Ln, Bath BA2 3DZ
- 5PM – 7PM
We were thrilled to welcome our members to Newark Works on a beautiful sunny evening for our second in person networking event.
We had talks from Alice Le Page, from the Cleveland Pools Trust, who spoke about their incredible crowdfunding campaign, Rich Dawes from Komedia Bath who explained Komedia's journey to becoming a Community Benefit Society and Ryan Munn from Bristol and Bath Regional Capital.
March virtual networking
- Tuesday 28 March
- 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
With over 30 people in attendance, the first virtual networking session of BSIN was a huge success.
Talks from Daisy from The Community Farm Chew Magna and Marianne from Dorothy House's social enterprise arm Ubiety brought lots of wonderful questions from our members.
There was a great positive attitude in our networking sessions and an excitement about the possibilities the network opens up to the sector.
We're already looking forward to our next event on 16 May.
- Thursday 23 February
- Locksbrook campus
- 5PM - 7PM
We welcomed over 50 people from a wide range of organisations, all interested in meeting others within the social impact space. The event started some great conversations about social impact work and how we can collaborate going forward.
Andy Salmon spoke about the work Bath Spa University has been doing and their Social Enterprise Gold Mark achievement, and Becky Brookes introduced 3SG, their work and their expertise in networking. Hannah Whiting spoke about the plans for the network and opportunities for members to help build and grow the network.
What are the benefits?
By joining the network you’ll belong to a group of like-minded members who are keen to work together to grow and learn from each other.
Opportunities will include:
- Visibility to a wide-ranging local market
- Forging new business opportunities
- Access to specialised training and workshops
- B2B Support
- Collaboration with like-minded organisations
- Access to external funding opportunities as a group
If you join us at the start of our journey, you’ll have the opportunity to help us build and grow the network. We’re interested to know what you’d like from the network and how we can make it work best for our members.
Our guiding principles
- We’re a network where everyone has equal input not dependent on size or outputs
- We work collaboratively and in a supportive manner to best serve the needs of the Network
- We bring together like-minded groups and individuals to improve and grow the social economy in BaNES
- We foster collaborative relationships between our members
- We provide support and guidance to those in the network through peer support
- We provide opportunities to further social procurement in the region
Who are the partners in the network?
Bath Spa University and 3SG have set up the Bath Social Impact Network in partnership. Bath Spa University is a Gold Mark Social Enterprise and brings to the network its expertise in social enterprise, social value and entrepreneurship. Bath Spa will be running the in-person events.
3SG is an independent membership network supporting the charity, social enterprise, faith and voluntary sector operating in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES). To the network, they bring their expertise in managing other networks in the region and will be running the online events.