Social Enterprise/3rd Sector Bootcamp: Maximising Performance and Impact 18th May-10th June -Tues (10:00– 12:00) & Thurs(14:00 – 16:00)

by | Apr 7, 2021

Date – From May 18, 2021 to June 10, 2021
Start Time – 09:30 am
End Time – 04:00 pm
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Venue – Online Webinar Session

​​About this Event

The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is hosting a variety of fully-funded online workshops and bootcamps, delivered by our expert Delivery Partners. You must be an eligible SME registered on the programme to attend. Please check eligibility criteria below, or contact us if you want to discus

Social Enterprise/3rd Sector Bootcamp: Maximising Performance and Impact

This bootcamp will be deliver over eight 2-hour sessions during May & June and will take place on Tuesdays (10:00- 12:00) and Thursdays (14:00 – 16:00) on the following dates: 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th May & 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th June.

Attendees must be able to attend at least 6 of the 8 sessions to be eligible.

Social enterprises, charities and other voluntary and community organisations across Cheshire and Warrington have a key role to play both in response to the challenges presented by the Covid pandemic and in working together with business and local communities to help drive improvements in economic growth, health, sustainability and inclusivity in a post-Covid world where resilience, environmental protection and social impact will become increasingly important.

Aimed at Senior Leaders of established social enterprises, the bootcamp is designed to enable organisations to better measure their impact, deliver their services more effectively and become more sustainable thereby increasing their future value to society. Start-ups with a good understanding of business may also be suitable – please express your interest by booking a ticket and a member of the team will be in contact.

The bootcamp will cover the following:

Session 1: Mindset and resilience for leadership – Tuesday 18th May Introduction to learning and behaviour; reflective practice; building a resilient mindset and team; creating a feedback culture. Outcome: Consideration of the impact of learning and behaviour, personal responsibility/modelling as a leader and impact of culture in a social venture.

Session 2: Strategy and Governance – Thursday 20th May How to develop a responsive and effective strategy in turbulent times; reporting and monitoring; Governance – who needs to know what, when and how; social venture structures. Outcome: Understanding the basics of efficient and effective organisational governance which is fit-for-scale and maximises social impact.

Session 3: Income and finance – Tuesday 25th May Income sources, pros, cons and realities; trading, surplus and pricing; what should you always know about your finances? Outcome: Debunking finance myths and creating good financial practices.

Session 4: Impact – Thursday 27th May How to measure, report and improve impact; co-creation and engagement; equality, diversity and engagement. Outcome: Systems and approaches to identify, measure and increase social impact.

Session 5: Communications and management – Tuesday 1st June How to lead a remote team; communication and management; performance management and appraisals. Outcome: Improving organisation culture, communication and accountability, even when teams are working remotely.

Session 6: Stories and selling – Thursday 3rd June How to craft a narrative; how to sell your mission to stakeholders and funders; Introduction to use of social media and video content. Outcome: Creating a plan for using storytelling and narrative techniques to increase impact.

Session 7: Tendering for contracts – Tuesday 8th June How and where to find contracts; how to complete a tender; interpreting tender feedback. Outcome: Increased understanding of and confidence in tendering processes.

Session 8: Reflection and feedback – Thursday 10th June Each participant presents back on their reflection and learning through the programme and their action plan going forward. Outcome: Action Planning, reflection and accountability.


Introduction to Workshop Delivery Partner

Introduction to the Delivery Partner

The bootcamp will be delivered by Ruby Star Associates , who have extensive experience in helping businesses, social enterprises and charities of all shapes and sizes to grow, build accountable teams, generate more income and innovate.

Ruby Star recognise that each organisation is individual and faces specific challenges and needs, and their approach to training is to acknowledge and respond to these differences in the delivery of each session. They recognise that for each session delivered, the solutions need to be adaptable to meet a range of circumstances. Bootcamps are typically run using Chatham House rules in order to encourage participation and open discussion.

Who can attend?

You need to be registered, or be eligible to register, on the ERDF-funded Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme. To be eligible you must be:

  • Small – your business must be a registered SME. An SME has under 250 staff, turnover of £45 million and any ownership by a wider commercial group is below 25%.
  • Local – your business address (registered or trading) is within the Cheshire East, the Cheshire West and Chester, or the Warrington council areas.
  • Able to commit to receiving 12 hours of support through our workshops and 1:1s before June 2023.
  • Open to pre-starts and trading businesses.

Please contact us to discuss the support if you’re unsure at or 01244 512 655.

How to join the workshop

How to join the workshop

Once you have registered your interest through Eventbrite, a member of the team will be in contact to confirm your eligibility and place on the workshop. You will then be provided with a link to join the sessions via Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before, try downloading and testing it out beforehand. Here is a link to some tutorials if you struggle or you can email us


Photographs and/or recording will take place throughout the events advertised above. The images will be used for publicity or other purposes to help achieve the UoC ERDF Funded C&W Business Growth Programme aims. This might include (but is not limited to), use in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed or filmed, please speak to a member of the Business Growth Programme Team when you join the event.


You need to be registered with the Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme to attend this programme please click here to apply To register for the webinar session please visit our eventbrite page 


The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is a consortium of North West based partners set up to deliver business growth activities across priority sectors from 2016-2023.

With a £3.85m investment of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) matched by investment by the three partner Institutions, this innovative programme brings together three key business support providers across Cheshire and Warrington to offer businesses access to a variety of services.

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