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Masterclass at Mossley Mill

13 October 2015

Photo from the event
Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor John Blair , Professor Ken O’Neill, School for Social Enterprises in Ireland, David Floyd, Social Spider, Adrian Bird, The Resurgam Trust. 


A Masterclass, aimed at exploring how to balance commercial and social aims took place at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey today.  The event was the second of four Masterclasses taking place as part of the ‘Social Enterprise Means Business With Purpose’ series.

The keynote address at the event was given by David Floyd, Managing Director of The Social Spider, and one of the UK’s best known commentators on social enterprise.  Also speaking at the event was Adrian Bird who, as Director of The Resurgam Trust, oversees the operations of six companies which comprise a total of ten trading, community-based social enterprises. Reflecting on their own research and business experience both speakers offered insights on to achieve the right ‘Social v Commercial’ balance.

The event was hosted by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. Speaking at the event Deputy Mayor Councillor John Blair commented, “The Council was delighted to host this event on behalf of the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland especially in light of the new functions which have transferred from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment for a range of new initiatives including social enterprise.”

The series has been organised by the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland in partnership with The Flax Trust, Social Enterprise NI, the Department for Social Development and the Department of Enterprise Trade & Investment. Professor Ken O’Neill, Chairman of the School for Social Enterprises in Ireland (SSEI) said, “I would like to thank the Antrim & Newtownabbey Council and our series partners for their support and our speakers for their insightful and intuitive contributions today.

For more information on the Social Enterprise Means Business With Purpose Series visit www.ssei.tv or email [email protected]