This is a 2 hour webinar with a Community Shares session running concurrently from 3.30pm for those interested in finding out more.
Our Raising Investment programme will be delivered this year based on the knowledge and experience of entrepreneurs who have raised social investment for specific sector. We’ll also work with industry experts, ranging from property lawyers and the likely state of the property market post COVID-19, and focus on practical advice from others working in a broad range of sectors, from tourism and heritage to social care or arts and theatre venues, who are dealing with the practicalities of operating differently as we emerge from lockdown.
During these sessions we’ll look at the range of social investment providers operating in Scotland, the range of options available (including some grant or ‘blended’ options) and we’ll also be working with Community Shares Scotland to explore alternative ways to raise investment from communities, including community shares models and crowdfunding campaigns.
There are no tickets for this event. Sign up to this Zoom webinar via Social Investment Scotland.
Jeremy Wyatt, CEO, Ayr Gaiety Partnership
Jeremy is CEO of Ayr Gaiety Partnership (AGP) and Executive Chair of Borderline Theatre Company. He was one of a small group who established AGP to take on and run The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr after it was closed in 2009 by the then owners, South Ayrshire Council. After reopening the theatre in December 2012, Jeremy secured funding from a range of sources to tackle a major refurbishment in 2016 – this included a significant loan element from SIS.
Up to the point, the theatre suspended operations due to the pandemic Jeremy, his board and staff team, had established an operating model involving a small staff team and around 150 volunteers. The theatre presented around 220 performances a year, largely being professional shows but with a significant community element. In 2019 AGP raised its game to move from being a receiving house to a producing house, delivering its own (highly successful) panto. A growing programme of Creative Learning and Rural Touring complemented this activity. But because the theatre’s income was over 90% in ticket sales, overnight closure in March led to an immediate emergency.
Since then, a combination of Government support, generous donors, partnership with South Ayrshire Council, support from SIS and a reinvention of the organisation’s method of operation have led to considerable success. The organisations finances are more stable than at the start of the crisis and it has been delivering a significant programme of online and outdoor activity that is bringing leading Scottish artists to work across communities in Ayrshire.
Jeremy also chairs Hall Aitken Associates and from time to time leads on investment appraisal and social value assessments for their clients. He is also chair of the Social Value UK Council and is a member of the Social Value International methods sub group. He holds an MBA, is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and a Fellow of The RSA.
Medeia Cohan, Co-Founder, Creative Entrepreneur’s Club
Respected as an innovative and creative force, Medeia has forged a successful career in the space between the creative and businesses sectors. Having held high-level roles within both the public and private sectors, Medeia has established a reputation for creating impactful programmes, driving new ventures, and developing powerful networks. In 2013 she was recognised for her work by being named a Woman of Achievement by Director Magazine. In 2018, Medeia embarked on the development of the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club in Glasgow.
This session will explore the current and emerging landscape for creative organisations and entrepreneurs. Medeia will share what the Creative Entrepreneurs’ Club is doing to support the creative industry during this important time. Medeia will also discuss how partnerships and investment can help build resilience and support recovery.
CEC also partners with SIS on our annual Retail Academy and our inspiring Ambitions leadership programme. They provide a wealth of resources, support, expertise as a networking hub for those looking to learn and gain the best understanding of creating social impact through culture and the arts.