Innovative Thinking! Innovative Action!

Event Two on 16th September: “Innovative Thinking! Innovative Action!”

Social enterprises and employee-owned businesses and have become more prominent in delivering local public services. With the pressure on the public services set to increase further, more will follow in their footsteps.

Innovative Thinking! Innovative Action! Will look at the “real” and “the possible” from social enterprise and enterprising third sector organisations across the UK. The morning session will focus on businesses that are already working well within the health and social care sector including podiatry services, accredited training for the care sector, and residential care for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as our keynote speaker – Kevin Bond, Chief Executive of NAViGO. Se below for further information on NAVIGO.

The afternoon session will be more practical. We will introduce you to several new business ideas including Community Asset Management (Dumfries and Galloway) Limited, a new social enterprise designed to manage and develop property for the benefit of the Third Sector. This will be followed by a workshop to look at the role social enterprise could play in the future design and delivery of services and will focus on integrated community transport.

The event follows on from the “Understanding Social Enterprise” event in May and is primarily focused at those working in the public sector within Health and Social Care, but it is also open to anyone who is interested in social enterprise and enterprising third sector solutions.

Please click here to register for this event.

Our Keynote speaker is Kevin Bond, Chief Executive of NAViGO.


NAViGO Community Interest Company is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that emerged from the NHS, to run all local mental health (MH) and associated services in North East Lincolnshire.

They have all the services you would expect of a MH provider including acute facilities, but also specialist services such as systemic family therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) team, highly developed employment and training services running their own and other peoples ancillary services (catering, cleaning, maintenance etc) creating jobs and training for people with MH problems, eating disorder and many more. They designed the services in conjunction with people who use them and as such many are bespoke.

They are national top scorers for many indicators thanks to their innovative design of not just their physical buildings, but the ways in which their services work fluidly around them.

Against a background of national service cuts, by working smarter, reducing waste, ensuring everyone relates directly to those who use the services and are therefore more efficient, having less managers and bureaucracy, they have managed (in their first year as a social enterprise) to not only save significant sums required of them, but also generate a surplus to reinvest back into their services.

For more information on NAViGO can be found here.


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