Events – 15/11/14 RISE 2014 Conference

Event Type: Conference

Location: Bristol (Social Sciences Complex, University of Bristol, Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ)

Date & Time: 15th November 2014 – 10.30am to 6.00pm

RISE 2014 is a day-long conference designed to inspire and empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs. In celebration of Bristol’s Green Capital status, this year’s conference will explore the changing nature and future of business, and discuss the nexus of things that are causing this, including green/sustainability trends, the emphasis on local independent SMEs and also the drive for improved well-being and work-life balances.

Key Note Speaker- Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project.


The conference is entirely student run and is a collaboration between ‘Inc.’ the University’s enterprise society and Bristol Hub. Now entering its fourth year, the conference continues to build upon its four key principles:

  • Reaching out to new audiences
  • Inspiring students
  • Showcasing social enterprises
  • Engaging students and social enterprises

Click here for more details & how to book.

Events – Green Register of Construction Professionals (Oct to Dec 2014)

Event Type: Lecture/Seminars (provided by The Green Register of Construction Professionals)

Location: Bristol

Dates (click on individual links for details):

The Green Register’s Bite Size sessions offer a new, flexible route to Green Register membership through a series of shorter training sessions designed to give concise training at a time to suit busy working professionals. Attend 6 sessions to qualify for membership. Prices for Bite size sessions are typically members £19 Non-members £35.


Book online for any of the above events by clicking here.


Retail Businesses – Get in front of London Consumers!

RetailThanks to our link with Project Dirt, Dangerous Marketing can give your business access to over 4000 active and enthusiastic community supporters based in London – plus many more across the country – in a closed social community.

All you need to do is support a community project and this gives you the Golden Ticket to advertise your business direct to our closed community in a targeted way direct to individuals in London or Bristol – or any part of the UK.

And we have a menu of transparent promotion/advertising costs for you to select:

  • £449 a month gives you the sponsorship of a cluster plus your brand logo displayed on the front page of Project Dirt’s site, giving you visibility to all visitors to the site.
  • £749 a month gives you the sponsorship and logo, plus an active social media communications programme to promote your business and brand in relation to the project(s)/good causes you support across the social media networks. This service also enables you to promote offers and vouchers directly to both Project Dirt and wider social media networks.

Supported by a full service marketing agency with access to a wide range of specialists, Marketing ETC is also able to provide tailored marketing services (digital, off-line and/or social media focused) for your business. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements and obtain a quotation.

Events – 28/9/14 Warhorse Tour on Dartmoor

Sheepstor_WarhorseEvent Type: Fundraiser Walk/Tour (in aid of Farms for City Children)

Location: Sheepstor, Dartmoor PL20 6PG (click for location map)

Date: 28th September 2014

Come and join Pride of Britain’s Simon Dell and Liz Miall on a Warhorse Walk with a difference!

This is an event to raise funds for Farms For City Children, founded by the War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare.

Starting at Sheepstor on Dartmoor, we will have an easy 2 mile walk around the breathtaking scenery seen in the film, War Horse. Simon and Liz are fantastic tour guides and if you don’t know the story then you can always read the free copy of War Horse you get with your tickets – or soak up the amazing views!

The cost is a minimum £10 donation, including a complimentary copy of the War Horse book. The plan is to meet at 10.30 am, then after the walk you can go to the Royal Oak at Meavy for a delicious lunch.

There is a maximum of 20 places for this event and booking is essential to reserve your place.

Places can be booked by phoning Connie at Farms for City Children on 01392 276381 or emailing her on connie at farmsforcitychildren dot org.

We look forward to seeing you there!

600 Desks need a new home! Free to good causes.

SurplusRescue1Thanks to Surplus Rescue CIC, hundreds of desks (and pedestals, chairs, filing cabinets etc…..) are looking for a new home – and they will come free for charities and good causes!

Surplus Rescue CIC, Winner of The Herald’s Green Business of The Year Award 2014 and run by Shelly Monk, is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up to rescue second-hand items from usable waste streams: from construction projects which otherwise send to landfill, to office furniture and commercial clearances. These items are offered for sale to start-ups, growing businesses, third sector and other organisations across Plymouth and the South West.

SurplusRescue2_desksAs part of a contract with Plymouth City Council, Surplus Rescue collected 200 desks and drawer pedestal units in July and have a further 400 arriving over the summer. Example prices are:  Ergonomic and straight desks from £35, pedestal units from £15, office chairs from £20 each, along with various steel cupboards and filing cabinets etc.

Do you know of any charities that would like to have these donated to them? Alternatively social enterprises can receive further discounts on the above prices too.  Surplus Rescue are also happy to do great deals on bulk purchases too for businesses and schools etc.

Surplus Rescue was initially set up as a service for the construction industry to assist them with the reduction of clean, usable waste from construction projects which are otherwise sent to landfill.  These goods and materials are then matched against charities wish lists held by Surplus Rescue and offered for free to charitable, social enterprise and community projects. If there’s no match for any rescued items, they are then offered for sale at bargain prices to small start up organisations and individuals to help them keep their initial start up costs as low as possible.

If your community project would like to share your wish list, or you want to know more about the office furniture, you can contact or telephone her on 07929 758660.

Case Study – Neal’s Yard Remedies

NealsYard_BeeLovelyNeal’s Yard Remedies have very strong values when it comes to testing and producing their organic products – they never test their products on animals, only willing human volunteers! As part of this, they support humane societies and scientific research bodies in the UK and US, as well as promoting various campaigns.

Neal’s Yard Remedies have developed a new Bee Lovely product range (everything enriched with moisturising organic honey and energising orange and mandarin essential oils) as part of their Bee Lovely and Save the Bees campaign. They have committed to donating £10,000 a year to bee lovely projects to Help Save the Bees. And to help spread the word far and wide about these fantastic grants, Neal’s Yard Remedies are working in association with Project Dirt, the UK’s most active green social network.

Click here to visit the Neal’s Yard Remedies ‘Bee Lovely’ cluster: join a hive of activity across the UK working to help save the bees! Currently they have over 50 projects listed which use the Project Dirt networks to find resources and promote their activities across the UK.

Case Study – Skipton Building Society


Skipton_GrassrootsWebSkipton Building Society is working with Project Dirt to develop its Grassroots Giving Cluster to connect and support community & voluntary groups by planting firm roots for future success.

Skipton have provided a helping hand to a wide range of community and voluntary groups from sporting clubs such as Molesey Boat Club (their funding provided support for Molesey’s athletes in their training towards the London 2012 Olympics) to looking for singers to join a new Choral Society! In the south west in 2013, they supported a wide range of projects including 2nd Dursely Rainbow Brownies, Gloucester City Ladies FC, Watchet Conservation Society, Boscombe Community Interest Company, Bus2Go and Lady Modiford’s School. In fact they have just completed a survey on what they did in 2013 that revealed what a success Grassroots Giving has been:

  • 90% of groups believed it will help them to continue with their work in the future
  • 73% reported that the programme has helped them to reach more people
  • 70% of respondents gained more press coverage as a result of the campaign
  • 66% of the winning groups were not on social media before but have now joined it to help them further promote their groups
  • 100% would recommend GrG to other community groups

Skipton Building Society continues to help smaller groups, clubs and organisations to have the biggest voice in their communities by teaming up with Project Dirt, a social network set up specifically to help community and voluntary groups from around the UK get better connected with one-another and their own communities. The Grassroots Giving ‘cluster’ on Project Dirt acts as a ‘hub’ for all Grassroots Giving followers connecting Grassroots Giving winners and past/future applicants from around the country, allowing them to promote their events, knowledge share, recruit and manage volunteers, share best practice and gain access to more funding and learning resources.

Being part of the Grassroots Giving Project Dirt community will allow groups to engage with a wider network of people local to them and better raise awareness of all the great work they do in their local area. And of course, this is providing the Building Society with many opportunities to promote their support to their existing and prospective customers too!

To learn more about Skipton Building Society’s support of Grassroots Giving, click here or to visit their cluster on Project Dirt, click this link.