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Seeing is believing: meet a social entrepreneur

Tuesday 6 June 10:00am - 4:00pm

Burnholme Community Hub, Bad Bargain Lane, Tang Hall, York YO31 0GW

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Book now by contacting Victoria Sutcliffe on 0127 475 0630 or email

About this event

Visit and hear from an inspirational social entrepreneur who is tackling local issues and creating a lasting change.  A chance to learn about social enterprise, its challenges and opportunities and to think about what it might mean for your Big Local area.

Tang Hall area of York suffered when essential services and facilities were removed. This left the community with a lack of things to do and places to meet others. Sue Williamson saw this as a challenge and used it as an opportunity to turn disadvantage into assets. She set up SMART CIC. Operating out of a local community hub, SMART CIC provides reasonably priced clubs, activities and events and offers music industry training to people facing disadvantages.

The day will help participants understand the potential of social entrepreneurs to address issues identified in Big Local Plans. 

You will have a chance to learn more about the potential of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises and to think about what this might mean for your area.

Who is this for?

It is for people in Big Local areas who want to:

  • Meet a successful social entrepreneur, their journey, what makes them tick.
  • Look under the bonnet – understand the business model, the finances and how they keep going.
  • Learn about the issue they are addressing, and how the venture tackles it.
  • Consider the potential of social enterprise in your area.

Further information

Social entrepreneurs are working on high impact, sustainable ventures addressing tough issues that are faced in Big Local areas. We know you are trying to tackle similar issues, and we know you want to make those changes last. 

Sue Williamson is Managing Director of Tang Hall SMART CIC. Come and hear how Sue set-up her social enterprise from scratch 5 years ago and how she’s grown a thriving business. Sue currently works with over 150 people each week, employs 12 staff and is waiting to move into bespoke premises including a purpose-built recording studio located within a newly developed community hub in her Big Local area.

Sue will share stories of her journey so far, her unique blend of income streams, her successes and her challenges. Sue was awarded runner up in the Social Enterprise Yorkshire & the Humber’s New Start Social Enterprise 2016 for this venture


Agenda 6 June

Time Description

Arrival & refreshments


Tang Hall SMART: the whole story 

Sue will share her journey from idea through to delivery and growth explaining how picking up nuggets of information along the way helped guide her journey. 


Tour of Tang Hall SMART         

This will include meeting staff/interns/supporters and volunteers, discussing the employment model and how they are aiming to turn disadvantage into assets.



Sue delves deeper into how she turned her vision into reality and a chance to see how her outcomes stack up


Tang Hall Big Local area

Successes and challenges of Tang Hall Big Local


Networking lunch


Money Matters       

An under the bonnet look at where Sue finds supporters/funders and hear her take on why the business model is the way to sustainability




Social entrepreneurship and Big Local

Could this approach help your area continue to develop post year ten?


Close and depart for some!

Sue Williamson is happy to hold a surgery after 3pm for those who want to hear more

More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area and we will provide lunch. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. We can also book and pay for travel in advance.

For information on expenses and support, please email or phone 020 3588 0578. If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances.  Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

This event is being organised for Local Trust by UnLtd. There are a maximum of 25 places available. To ensure as many areas can take part as possible we are initially limiting places to three per area. To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Victoria Sutcliffe on 01274 750630 or


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