Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival

9th November, 2017

PKF Francis Clark is proud to sponsor the Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival which is running from 6- 18 November 2017.

The Festival’s theme is ‘Use your data to make a difference’ and is run by the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network which aims to be a focal point for the sector in Plymouth providing a way for social enterprises to exchange information, ideas and expertise. The network helps to strengthen the sector, representing the interests of social enterprises and providing the opportunity for social enterprises to influence the development of their sector within Plymouth.

Plymouth is a hot-spot for social enterprise activity in the UK and is developing as a global ‘social enterprise city’.  It has one of the most active social enterprise networks in the country and Plymouth University is the world’s first officially certified ‘social enterprise’ university.

There are around 150 social enterprises in the city working in a wide range of sectors including education, health, arts, environment, food, finance, housing, business support, sport, social care and many more.  Collectively these businesses employ around 7,000 people and bring in an income of over £500 million.

The Plymouth Festival of Social Enterprise provides the opportunity to celebrate all that is social enterprise and there are a number of events taking place for social enterprises to attend. These range from how social enterprises can benefit from Universal Credit and DWP support; brand and reputation advice; advice on running an ethical business and a celebration of Social Enterprise Day on the 16 November.

One of PKF Francis Clark’s clients, Real Ideas Organisation will also be hosting a ‘Souvenirs and the City’ session on 15 November at its Ocean Studios premises in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard. The event will launch the creation of local souvenirs for the Mayflower 400 celebrations and is hosted by Alice Taylor, founder of ‘We Built This City.’ who have curated a collection of London-inspired prints, gifts and souvenirs and who support over 250 London-based artists, designers and makers.

Louise Bridgett, Senior Manager said:

“PKF Francis Clark are delighted to be able to support the Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival. Social enterprises can make a huge and positive difference to society and the event is designed to appeal to and help all existing and would- be entrepreneurs.

“We act for over 250 charities throughout the South West.  Our clients include conventional charities, academy schools, housing associations and community interest companies. Many of our Partners and staff are charity trustees themselves and so we understand from a practical angle the challenges they face, that is why events like this are so important to support the continued growth and development of the sector.”

You can find out more about the Festival at, and read more about Real Ideas Organisation here.

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