Indigo Insights: Social Bite

By August 19, 2019Featured, Past Events

Who’d have predicted that the humble sandwich could have such a positive impact on Scotland’s fast evolving social enterprise sector? Alice Thompson and Jane Bruce, Co-founder and CEO of Social Bite did and will share how this trailblazing social enterprise is changing perceptions, and life for homeless people, at our next ‘must attend’ Indigo Insights event.

Starting life as a humble cafe in Edinburgh, Social Bite has changed the way government approaches homelessness. It has been a game changer for Scotland in the social enterprise sector which, according to the most recent statistics, contributes £2bn annually to the economy.

But have we understood or realised the full potential of social enterprise – where should it sit in our business and economic landscape? Where is the line between it and what the state should provide? Through a Q&A forum and broad discussion on the topic, it should be a lively and challenging debate – and you are invited to attend this free event.

Venue: Accenture, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX
Date: Thursday 5th September, 2019
Time: 12.30-2.30pm, lunch provided by Social Bite
Format: Round Table, Q&A, chaired by Indigo Chairman Jacqui Low


Jane Bruce: CEO Scotland at Social Bite
Jane uses her skills to support people who’ve had tough times in building happy and healthy lives. She loves unconventional, informal approaches to both people and organisational development. Currently that’s working alongside Social Bite founders, Josh Littlejohn and Alice Thompson, to lead Social Bite in Scotland – focussing on how the organisation can deliver maximum benefit to people affected by homelessness.

Jane was previously Director of Venture Scotland – delivering on running wilderness-based programmes of personal development and volunteering for vulnerable young people. A Clore Social Fellow, Jane is also a Trustee at The Melting Pot, supporting social innovation.

Dr Alice Thompson: Co-Founder Social Bite
Alice’s journey to creating Social Bite and the fascinating events that have followed are nothing short of bold, unpredictable and refreshing. Alice has taken the idea of Social Business, and used it to transform the lives of people within the homeless community, addressing many of the social challenges that are traditionally the responsibility of public services.

Alice has had the unique experience of harnessing the power of business and directing it towards society’s toughest problems.

In 2018 Alice accepted an Honorary Degree from Queen Margaret University in recognition of her significant contribution to public service, the same university Alice dropped out of at the age of 19 to embark upon a business career.

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