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Social Franchising Course

March 18, 2013 @ 8:00 am - June 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

The School for Social Entrepreneurs and the International Centre for Social Franchising have partnered to deliver a pioneering new course examining all aspects of social franchising, starting in March.

With insight and inside stories from practitioners and experts across all sectors, we will provide you with knowledge underpinning the principles of social franchising and the practical tools that you need to replicate and grow your organisation.

The course uses SSE’s action learning methodology to deliver a unique package of support, training and advice. We will work to help you develop your skills and help you shape your learning to give you the sense of confidence and legitimacy you’ll need to make your social venture a success.

The course offers an excellent opportunity for deals to be done and collaboration between organisations to begin!

When is it?

Block One: 18th -19th March + Action Learning Set 26th March

Block Two: 25th – 26th April + Action Learning Set 13th May

Block Three: 6th – 7th June + Action Learning Set 17th June

Who is it aimed at?

Social Franchising is suitable for senior staff at organisations considering social franchising as a route to scale.

What does it consist of?

Scaling to Success runs for a total of 7.5 days over a period of 3 months. This is made up of three 2 day intensive study days and three half day action learning sets.

Speakers on the course include:

Alastair Wilson, Chief Executive, SSE

Dan Berelowitz, Chief Executive, ICSF

Geoff Mulligan, Chief Executive, Nesta

Christine Chang, Investment Director, Big Society Capital

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Esmee Fairbairn

Nigel Kershaw, Chief Executive, Big Issue Invest

Guy Turnbull, Director of Business Development and Investment Finance, CASA Ltd

Nina Bibby, Chief Marketing Officer, Barclaycard

What outcomes can I expect?

By the end of the course, you will be in a position to

  • Understand the concept of social franchising and consider the benefits and risks in the context of your organisation
  • Benefit from the experience of leading social franchises and understand the key factors underpinning success (eg. selecting the right franchisees, supporting franchisees, managing the network, managing the brand).
  • Understand the nuts and bolts of putting a franchise into operation; creating and testing a business model, developing the franchising offer, legal issues and agreements

How much does it cost?

SSE Fellows / Associate Fellows / ICSF clients £1000
Social Enterprises / Not For Profit Organisations £1250
Public Sector £1500
Private Sector £3000


18 March 2013

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March 18, 2013 @ 8:00 am
June 17, 2013 @ 5:00 pm