CEiS have developed an expanding and wide ranging portfolio of events which includes conferences, study visit programmes, seminars, gala dinners and high profile government events.
Our portfolio includes:
Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) – Edinburgh, September 2008
CEiS developed and managed the Inaugural Social Enterprise World Forum in partnership with the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and a range of international partners. CEiS Events managed all elements of the event including registration of 450 international and national delegates, venue sourcing, programme development, speaker and sponsor sourcing and liaison, management of the opening and closing ceremonies, organisation and management of the gala dinner and social enterprise study visit programmes, on-site management, exhibition management, budget management, marketing of the event, event logistics, sourcing of social enterprise suppliers and post event evaluation.
This event brought social enterprise practitioners and support agencies from 25 countries to Edinburgh to expand collective vision, share best practice, network intensively and learn from each other. The event established the Social Enterprise World Forum as the annual international gathering for social enterprise practitioners and support agencies. The Social Enterprise World Forum has now been held in Australia in 2009, USA in 2010 and South Africa in 2011.
CEiS Annual Conference – Glasgow, Annually
CEiS Events organises an international social enterprise conference in Scotland in September each year. This event features the latest developments in social enterprise growth, support and innovation. In 2009 the conference theme was mergers, acquisitions and partnership support. In 2010 the conference focused on reviewing the progress of the Enterprising Third sector action plan and highlighting key priorities for future strategies.
Eden Project Study Visit – Cornwall, March 2011
In partnership with the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition, CEiS Events organised an intense 2-day study visit to the Eden Project and the Fifteen Restaurant in Watergate Bay. The visits included a meeting with Tim Smit, Chief Executive of Eden, and offered the opportunity to learn about the inspiring enterprises while networking with other social enterprise practitioners from around Scotland.
South Africa International Visit Programme – Johannesburg and Cape Town, April 2011
CEiS, organised an international study visit programme to the Social Enterprise World Forum in Johannesburg, followed by visits to inspiring social enterprises operating in Cape Town. The international delegation came from all over the world including the UK, Australia, Canada, America, Germany and Korea. The programme engaged with leading international social enterprises and focused on analysis of experience and applied learning, while allowing the 20 international delegates to network and collaborate.
The CEiS Events team carried out a number of roles including programme development, promotional material design, budget management, participant liaison, logistic management, arranging accommodation and transportation, host enterprises liaison, facilitation and co-ordination during the visit, preparation and circulation of participant information packs and post event evaluation and reporting.
International Study Visit Programmes – Worldwide, 2007 – 2010
CEiS, funded by the Scottish Government, Government Agencies and sponsors, organised an annual international study visit programme for 20 Scottish social enterprise practitioners, support agencies and policy makers. The programmes engaged with leading international social enterprises and focused on analysis of experience and applied learning. Study visits have taken place in Melbourne and the Kimberley, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Berlin, Genoa and Vancouver.
Cornerstone Annual Conference – Perth, October 2010
CEiS Events worked with Cornerstone to offer additional events capacity for their annual conference in Perth Concert Hall.
Community Energy Scotland Annual Conference – Edinburgh, October 2010
CEiS Events supported Community Energy Scotland to deliver elements of event management leading up to their annual conference, where expertise was required.
Finland Study Visit to Scotland – Argyll and Glasgow, September 2010
CEiS developed and organised a programme and study tour for Social Business International, based in Finland, to bring 17 Finnish participants over to Scotland. The international delegates visited a number of social enterprises in the Argyll area of Scotland, culminating in attendance at the CEiS Annual Social Enterprise Conference.
Social Firms UK Annual Conference – Manchester, July 2009, Cambridge, July 2010
CEiS Events works with Social Firms UK – a national organisation, to assist in the delivery of their annual conference. In 2009 the event took place in Manchester, and in 2010 the event included UK and European delegates, taking place in Cambridge.
SE100 Awards – London, June 2010
Working in partnership with Society Media, CEiS assisted in the delivery of the inaugural SE100 Awards in the Garden Museum in London.
British Irish Council – Edinburgh, March 2010
Working with the Scottish Government and SCVO, CEiS manages a high profile two day meeting of the British and Irish Council of Ministers.
Financial Inclusion Champions Conference – Dundee, November 2009
CEiS Events worked with the DWP Financial Inclusion Champions, Scottish Government and FSA to deliver an evening reception and one day conference in Dundee with a 6 week turnaround. 200 delegates attended the event which focussed on a number of key topics surrounding financial inclusion and the issues faced.
SOL Annual Conference – Bellshill October 2009
CEiS Events worked with social enterprise SOL (Support for Ordinary Living), to assist with the management and delivery of their annual conference. SOL did not have the capacity within the organisation to deal with all elements of event management, therefore CEiS was able to add capacity.
DWP Events Series – Scotland Wide, June 2009 and Glasgow, September 2009
CEiS events were approached at the end of May 2009 and asked to deliver four events across Scotland for the DWP with only a four week lead in time to coincide with DWP deadlines.
Due to the success and quick turnaround of the June series, CEiS Events were once again approached by DWP and the Scottish Government and asked to arrange a follow on event in Glasgow in September, within two weeks of the enquiry. Once again the team managed professionally and efficiently in order to deliver this 100 person event within the short timescale given.
CEiS 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner – Glasgow, April 2009
In April 2009 CEiS Events co-ordinated and delivered a Black & White Gala Dinner in the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow to celebrate the milestone of CEiS’ 25th Anniversary. The evening was enjoyed by 300 guests, with speakers including John Swinney MSP, John Pearce, the founding CEO, and Sally Magnusson.
Public Sector Meets Third Sector – Glasgow, January 2009
This was a small, but targeted, conference in which CEiS partnered with the Scottish Government. 100 delegates attended in order to examine Third Sector business structures including CIC’s and externalised public bodies in health and leisure.
Strategic Event Management Support
In addition to providing a range of event management services, CEiS Events further provide strategic event management support when required. This includes working closely with partner organisations and individual clients to provide on-site event support, fulfilling a range of duties including registration, exhibition co-ordination, liaison with AV suppliers, workshop co-ordination, volunteer co-ordination, speaker and delegate trouble shooting. Provision of strategic event management support requires team members to be flexible to alternative working systems and to have the ability to adapt quickly in a range of environments within a short period of time.
Examples of previous event management support include:
Lynsey Johnston – SEWF USA – SE Alliance San Francisco, April 2010 and SEWF South Africa, University of Johannesburg April 2011.