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Business Planning for Social Economy Organisations

An interactive workshop designed to capture all aspects of business planning

Event Information

An interactive workshop designed to capture all aspects of business planning for organisations where profit is not the only measure of success.

This event is delivered through the Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Academy part of BG Futures at Bishop Grosseteste University.

With support from Lincolnshire County Council and Business Lincolnshire, BG Futures launched the Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Academy and the Lincolnshire Social Economy Hub in March 2022.

The Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Academy serves the social economy sector through tailored courses and workshops. 

The Lincolnshire Social Economy Hub provides office rental for Charities, Cooperatives, Community groups and other Social Economy businesses (start-ups or established)

The need for an academy was identified following the development of a Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Strategy and evidence gained from an extensive research report to unlock the full potential of the county’s people and communities. The full report, published by Bishop Grosseteste University’s Lincolnshire Open Research Innovation centre can be found at

The report highlighted the benefits of social economy businesses and the challenges the sector faces.

The Academy offers a blend of practical and academic expertise delivered by a range of partners and is open to Charities, Social Enterprises, Cooperatives, Community groups and students. Events are currently free of charge.

BG Futures are committed to developing an environment that is inclusive, fair, open, and welcoming of individuals from diverse groups. On this basis, they particularly encourage applications for tenancy within Lincolnshire Social Economy Hub from those underrepresented within the business community; women, people living with a disability, those from racialised and minoritised communities and organisations with a clear social or environmental mission. The hub offers flexible tenancy options. Full details can be found at

BG Futures also offer Virtual Offices for businesses from any sector including the use of a small meeting room and the option to occupy a private office one day each week. Further details can be found at

The social economy is made up of charities, social organisations, cooperatives and self-help initiatives that produce and distribute market and non-markets goods and services, for societal, environmental and carbon reduction purposes, employing people inclusively, fairly and with dignity. The full list of events on offer from the Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Academy can be found at

Key Points for Greater Lincolnshire:

  • The value of the Social Economy to the county is larger than its Gross Value Added (GVA) to the County’s economy when its non-monetary benefits are taken into account.
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) is an increasingly accepted way of measuring these benefits, and there are a range of practitioners in the County with expertise in undertaking these kinds of evaluations.
  • The Public Services (Social Value) Act came into force in 2013 and requires people who commission public services to think about how they can also secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits for their area or stakeholders, and as such get more value for money out of their procurement processes.

For more information on how LORIC can help organisations calculate Social Return on Investment visit Lincolnshire Open Research & Innovation Centre: 

To arrange a tour of the facilities 

Tel: 01522 583900


Car Parking Information

We welcome you to our lovely LORIC House. We are almost opposite a fish and chip shop and radio station and at the front is bronze signage. It has a long drive and on the right hand side is a free car park.

Event information:

LORIC House 23 Newport Lincoln

27/06/2022 13:00 - 15:00

Category: People

Organised by:
Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Academy

Contact name:
BG Futures

01522 583900