Yesterday we held a first for us at iSE — a pitching and networking event for social enterprises to come along and tell others why they should buy their products and services.
Each person had three minutes to tell their story and then feedback was invited from those assembled on what they had heard.
People brought along samples for tasting, touching and sharing and there was a tremendous energy and buzz from all concerned. We have already been asked to do a repeat which we are keen to support and nearly 30 people attended!
One participant, Martin Hogg, said, “Today’s networking was fantastic. A real spirit of support in the room and great to hear what others are doing. You and Lizzie really have created a distinctive showcase event that people loved.”
I think there’s real potential in developing these kind of business-based, inter-trading type events, and we intend to continue doing this under the Shop for Change banner. There’s a real appetite amongst social enterprises to pitch their wares and explain what they do — and perhaps more importantly their prospective customers want to hear what they do too!