11th October 2021 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ouseburn Farm
Ouseburn Rd
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PA

North East Institute for Business Ethics (NIBE) invites you to celebrate and showcase founders putting purpose at the heart of their businesses. NIBE, along with partners FIRST and PNE, are hosting an event in honour of the Startup Awards North East Social Impact Award winners 2021.

The winners are:
– Amy Clunes – Whozamy
– Farzaneh Hajirasouliha – Vivid Future
– Ian Brown – Chestnut Natural Capital
– Tara Johnson – Tailored Leisure
– Laura Hepburn – Greenology

Hosted at Ouseburn Farm, a community spirited green oasis in the heart of Newcastle, guests will be invited to hear from and meet the winners, and to connect with our community of individuals and businesses passionate about creating a better world.

The event is a collaboration between NIBE, learning and accreditation agency FIRST, who deliver the Startup Awards, and business support organisation PNE, sponsors of the Social Impact Award. The three organisations are brought together by a passion for the role ethics and community action by businesses can play in making the North East a fantastic place to live, work and do business.

The event will also showcase NIBE’s ethical business toolkit: designed by businesses for businesses and aimed at allowing every organisation to start their social impact journey. It’s important for our communities and our planet and it makes good business sense too!

Business ethics and Social Impact is about making sure that what a business does is as positive as it can be, as well as reducing the negative impacts that the business might have. The partners believe that businesses should maintain high standards of openness, honesty, and fairness and that these values should be at the core of what a business does.

For any aspiring entrepreneurs or early-stage founders in attendance, PNE’s business support team will be on hand to offer their expert advice on starting a socially impactful business and share insight into the support available across the region.

Kevan Carrick, chair of NIBE said: ‘We are delighted to be able to support the Social Impact Winners from Startup Awards North East and to help them on their way with the offer of mentorship to help integrate their values and ethics meaningfully into their business planning, marketing, leadership, and culture. We are also offering a small financial prize to every winner. These winners are a great example to both existing organisations and other new businesses. Ethical business practice is going to help us grow our communities – how fitting that this celebration is at Ouseburn Farm.’

Charlotte Windebank, Managing Director at FIRST explains, “We initiated the Social Impact Category for our Awards (helped by sponsorship from PNE) because as a values-driven company itself, FIRST believes passionately in the importance that business can play as a force for good in developing our communities.”

This celebration will be taking place at Ouseburn Farm on Monday 11 th October 2021 from 4pm to 7.30pm and for the moment, we are planning on it being a face-to-face event, dependent on COVID restrictions at the time. The structure of the event will be as follows:
– Welcome from Hugh Stolliday, CEO of Ouseburn Farm & Kevan Carrick, chair of NIBE.
– The importance of social impact businesses, Charlotte Windebank, MD of FIRST
– Social impact opportunities throughout the North East region, spokesperson from PNE.
– Social Impact and Ethical Business in practice: panel discussion with Social Impact Award winners led by Caroline Theobald CBE, NIBE director and co-founder and chair of FIRST
– Award Winners prize presentation by NIBE chair, Kevin Carrick
– Demonstration of NIBE’s Ethical Business Toolkit and NIBE mentoring offer
– Refreshments and tour of Ouseburn Farm
– Facilitated Networking opportunity