Funding Socials: Firstport (Inverness) - 28th February

28 Feb 2024, 10:30

  • Highlands and Islands
  • Investment
  • Support

Funding Socials is an inspiring in-person event series designed for charity and social enterprise leaders looking for fresh ideas and connections to help boost income generation.

At this Funding Social in Inverness, Social Investment Scotland will be joined by Charles Morgan, Business Advisor at Firstport, and an organisation Firstport have supported from the local area. We will highlight opportunities to boost your funding and resources and aim to give your income generation the kickstart it needs to get going in 2024!

You will hear from Melanie Thomson of Highland Action For little Ones (HALO) about their experience of developing new income streams, including funding.

Jane Bruce, Founder of Brilliant Leaders, and Kieran Daly, Head of Market Building at Social Investment Scotland, will facilitate the event. There will also be a short group exercise in the middle of the session aimed at helping you think through your current challenges around income generation and generate new ideas with the support of your peers.

Jane, Kieran and Charles will explain the support and funds they offer charities and social enterprises and be ready to answer any questions you have.

The session will close with a light lunch, where you can mix with funders, your peers and make some new connections.

Venue: Eden Court, Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA

Session Format: 1.5 hour session followed by 1 hour light lunch

10.30-10.40 Welcome and introductions

10.40-11.00 Guest speaker: Melanie Thomson of Highland Action For little Ones (HALO)

11:00-11.30 Small group exercise facilitated by Kieran Daly, Head of Market Building Social Investment Scotland

11.30-12.00 Q & A with Firstport

12.00-13.00 Networking lunch

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Jane Bruce, Founder of Brilliant Leaders

Jane is the Founder of Brilliant Leaders, a social business which offers coaching and development programmes to leaders and teams with a social purpose. Jane is a former charity/social enterprise CEO, accredited Executive Coach and experienced facilitator.

Before setting up Brilliant Leaders, Jane was Chief Executive of Social Bite in Scotland. In this role, Jane led a team of 100+ staff and 90 volunteers to run a chain of social enterprise cafes, mass fundraising events and innovative housing programmes. Previously, Jane was Chief Executive of Venture Scotland, which provides a wilderness-based development programme to young people facing tough challenges.

Alongside Brilliant Leaders, Jane runs the Spartans FC Girls’ Academy and is a qualified football coach having previously played football in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.

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Kieran Daly, Head of Market Building, Social Investment Scotland

Kieran started his career as a youth worker at The Prince’s Trust, devising and delivering training programmes. He has held senior management roles in business development for a range of arts, volunteering and youth organisations for over 15 years.

Kieran was Chief Operating Officer at food waste and food poverty fighting organisation, FoodCycle. While there, he grew the organisation’s presence from 14 to 30 locations around England in under two years, through a social franchising model.

Most recently, Kieran was Scotland Manager for Big Issue Invest, where he delivered a multi-agency partnership, engaging the private, public and third sectors in mentoring and lending money to early-stage social ventures. He is a keen cyclist who enjoys giving back by being on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland.

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Charles Morgan, Business Advisor, Firstport

Charles joined Firstport in 2022 as a Business Advisor supporting budding social entrepreneurs. Prior to working at Firstport, he was the CEO of a community development trading company and was a consultant Development Officer.

Earlier in his career, Charles was the Managing Director of the House of Beauly, an award-winning visitor’s centre, and worked in sales, marketing, and retail as a director and manager. Charles has travelled extensively, setting up businesses for international clients.

Charles is particularly interested in food retail, restaurant catering, procurement, and business in general.

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