Activity Week

Social & adhoc events

Welcome Reception at The Hub, Edinburgh: 12th September (6-10pm)

(Max 350 delegates)

Following the opening ceremony for SEWF 2018, why not book your ticket for the Hub on the evening of 12th September to network with fellow SEWF 2018 delegates. At only £15 a ticket, this offers delegates the perfect opportunity to meet friends old and new in a friendly, relaxed environment. Your ticket includes social enterprise entertainment, a buffet and the opportunity to purchase and experience clean water lager from Brewgooder and Gin from Ginerosity; two local social enterprises.

The Hub is a 10 minute walk from the EICC and offers a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle enroute. An iconic landmark on the Edinburgh skyline, The Hub towers over the old town in the heart of the festival city, and is set on the historic Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace.

Only delegates registered to attend SEWF 2018 can add the Welcome Reception at the Hub to their booking for £15+VAT.



SEWF 2018 Grand Ceilidh at The Jamhouse, Edinburgh: 13th September (7-11pm)

(Max: 1,000 delegates)

Originally the word Ceilidh (kay-lee) descended from the Gaelic word for ‘gathering’ or ‘party’… However, these days when people think of a Ceilidh, they think of a fun filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company!

The beauty of a Ceilidh is that everyone can take part, young or old, experienced dancers to beginners and even those with two left feet! Many people can often be nervous on the dance floor – but with a Ceilidh you’re walked through the steps by an experienced caller so there’s nothing to be worried about!

The SEWF 2018 Grand Ceilidh is a perfect way to experience traditional Scottish dancing in a fun-filled environment with 1,000 of your SEWF friends. For those a bit shy or unsure, there’s a balcony mezzanine, so you can look on and still be part of the fun.

To top it all off, your ticket will include food from local social enterprises. What’s more, bottled lager and gin drinkers will be supporting two local social enterprises by purchasing clean water lager from Brewgooder and Gin from Ginerosity.

Don’t miss out on a fun-filled evening. Only delegates registered to attend SEWF 2018 can add the SEWF 2018 Ceilidh at the Jamhouse to their booking for £40+VAT.



Unlocking your community assets – the power of coworking to create resilient, enterprising communities @ The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh: 12th September (930am – 1230pm)

Ever wondered how to unleash the existing and potential entrepreneurial energy  in your community? Quality coworking spaces do just that!

If you’re a local or strategic place-maker interested in learning how to create an affordable, quality coworking space to unlock your community’s assets,  join us. Hear from Scotland’s pioneering place-makers and international coworking leaders and take part in an interactive workshop session, exploring coworking at a local, national and international level. Includes a networking lunch.

Cost: Free to SEWF18 delegates

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Dine around @ The Melting Pot, Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation: 12th September (6pm)

The perfect way to wind down, catch up with old acquaintances, make new friends and share inspiring stories, fantastic local food and perhaps a dram or two.

The Melting Pot is home to a diverse bunch of amazing people doing wonderful things. Our members are creating innovative energy storage solutions, making documentaries about eating insects, campaigning for positive prisons, creating a dad-friendly world and developing the next generation of AI robots to name just a few.

Join us for a relaxed evening, enjoy great food, drink and company at the home of social innovation in the heart of the city.

Cost: £15

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The Business of Food – A workshop with Mike Curtin of DC Central Kitchen, in partnership with the Larder Cook School: 11th September (10am – 330pm)

Mike leads the internationally renowned DC Central Kitchen in Washington DC, frequently regarded as one of the best social enterprises in the world. The business does great work with disadvantaged people, it has an extremely impressive revenue model and as a food business their operations are tried and tested over decades. Mike is a keynote speaker at Social Enterprise World Forum and is visiting The Larder to share his experiences with Scottish social enterprises in the food industry.

The Larder is a growing and inspirational social enterprise using food to change lives.  They have recently experienced a 71% growth in turnover, increased their surplus, generated 67% of their income from trading and anticipate further growth of 50% in the coming year.  They operate a training academy for the hospitality sector, cook school and several café outlets.

Come along and learn from these two very exciting social enterprises who are changing lives in two different continents and in challenging global policy contexts.

Cost: £17.50

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