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Social Purpose in Food and Drink Enterprise Forum

Business support

Time: 6.00 PM - 7.30 PM

Date: 07.11.2022

Location: Online

Social Purpose in Food and Drink Enterprise Forum

Event Description

This virtual networking forum will bring together organisations and businesses working with food and drink and which are focused on changing lives and creating social impact.

The forum is the opportunity to be inspired by and learn from each other and to discuss the opportunities and challenges of working with ethical dignity and effecting change.

The opening address will be given by Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE who will speak about the power and impact of social purpose. 

Bec Smith, Deputy Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Kent will introduce the Theory of Change, why it’s important and how it’s relevant for social purpose in business.

Eni Timi-Biu, founder of Create Your Table, will chair the forum and explain how to access funding opportunities for social enterprise and businesses with a social purpose. 

In the networking session, you’ll be able to share experiences and create new connections to build our support networks.


18:00: Welcome and introductions: Rebecca Smith and Eni Timi-Biu

18:10: Opening Address: Michael Hastings, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick
The power and impact of social purpose. With an overview of lived experience including the challenges and opportunities he has faced.

18:25: Talking point 1. Theory of Change. Bec Smith
Theory of Change, why it is important and how it is relevant for social purpose in business.

18:35: Breakouts and networking.

18:55: Talking point 2 Funding: Eni Timi-Biu
Funding routes and leveraging funding for social enterprise and businesses with a social purpose. 

19:10: Q&A chaired by Eni Timi-Biu

19:25 Closing Remarks 

About our Speakers

Michael Hastings, Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, CBE 
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick is the International Director of Corporate Citizenship at KPMG. He was previously the head of Corporate Social Responsibility at the BBC and is Chairman of Crime Concern.

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick was previously a Downing Street Policy Unit advisor on race and urban policy, then a BBC and ITV journalist and presenter. He spent 12 years at the BBC where he became the BBC’s first head of Corporate Social Responsibility. 

He is a board member of Comic Relief, BBC Children in Need, the BBC World Service Trust, the Fame Academy Bursary Fund and member of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee and the BBC Environment Steering Group.
He was formerly a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality and was awarded a CBE in 2003. He was nominated as a life peer in 2005. He sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.

Eni Timi-Biu

Eni Timi-Biu (she/they) is a social entrepreneur with a track record in charity leadership, grassroots community development, and award-winning race equity work. Alongside supporting the launch of new restaurants, Eni has designed, advised and worked with multiple food social enterprises to achieve social aims and meet commercial objectives. Passionate about social innovation in the food industry, Eni supports start-ups in her capacities as an angel investor, Head of Business & IP Centre London Network, and founder of CREATE YOUR TABLE / The CYT Fund. Eni holds board / advisory positions with KERB Food, Inclusive Innovation Forum, Good Finance Addressing Imbalance, and RSA Good Work Guild.

Rebecca Smith MA MCIPD

As Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise Kent, Rebecca Smith has been supporting the Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector for over 15 years.  She is passionate about social enterprise, communities and empowering people. With a MA in HR Business Partnership, a postgraduate diploma in management, and an adult teaching qualification, Rebecca loves leading SEK’s VCSE support programme, upskilling social enterprises and charities to help them grow and develop.  Rebecca represents Kent based VCSEs on national Social Enterprise Places committee, and the South East LEP social enterprise, digital skills and skills advisory subgroups.