How to set up a Social Enterprise or Ethical Business

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In this workshop you’re going to be taken through all the things you need to consider when creating an ethical business.

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A Big House Event supported by Creative Quarter & delivered by Debbiedooodah and Emma Torrance.


In this 3 hour workshop with Debbie Clarke (aka debbiedooodah) and Emma Torrance, you’re going to be taken through all the things you need to consider when creating an ethical business and get your questions answered.

Debbiedooodah will take you through a 75 minute odyssey on mapping out your vision, mission, ethics and values and look at the areas you can make a difference including recruitment, purchasing, the environment and your offer.

You can be ethical in any business structure and Emma Torrance will help you to understand how to decide what the best structure will be for your business. We will be looking at social enterprises, sole traders and private ltd companies.

We’ll focus on 7 factors to help you decide which structure is for you:

1. Control

2. Risk

3. Taxes & where you will pay the least

4. Reputation, image & who your customers are

5. Applying for funding & loans

6. Simplicity v complexity

7. Privacy

There are a number of different types of social enterprise so next we’ll look at a comparison summary for the different social enterprise structures so you can compare key features at a glance.

Finally, once you have picked a legal structure, we will look at how you set up, and what your ongoing legal obligations will be (governance).


These workshops are aimed anyone running or working within a start-up, growing or established business.


A 7 times award-winning business coach, strategist, supporter of all things entrepreneurial. Debbie loves running her own business and believes the secret to a successful business is a happy business.

Debbie coaches fabulous entrepreneurs, lectures at Nottingham Trent University on Digital Marketing, co-hosts a podcast, runs a network for women in business, and her own mastermind membership group. She also speaks at conferences and runs workshops using the award-winning ‘My Way’ toolkit that she co-created with Nottingham University to help women define their own version of success.

WHO IS Emma Torrance?

Emma Torrance is a Co-Founder of THiNK and a Business Mentor. She has over 20 years experience of providing support to start-up and small businesses, social enterprises, and third sector organisations.

Emma specialises in:

  • understanding money, cashflow and business planning
  • new start and new in business for freelancers and small businesses as a mentor or business advisor
  • problem solving
  • social enterprises across a range of business and financial management areas
  • creative businesses


Thursday 29 July 2021, 09:30 -12:30


Online via Zoom - details will be sent out a few days before the event.

Please note that this is an interactive workshops - you will be expected to have your camera and microphone turned on and be able to contribute to the session throughout.


This event is free but you must be enrolled with The Big House. Space is limited, so make sure to book your ticket today to guarantee your place.


If you have any questions and/or would like any further information about this event, please contact the Events Team at or telephone 0115 710 0107.


The Big House offers fully-funded business support, mentoring, workshops, networking events, access to grants for creative and digital businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Visit for the complete details of the programme. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

As this event is part of a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) initiative, we will require you to be enrolled in The Big House Programme, prior to attending. If you are not already enrolled, you will find the appropriate form at:

Please download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event, as it will be required when signing in. If you would like any further information on this event, please contact us at

NB: We will be documenting the event. If you do not wish to be included in images or videos that may be used later for marketing purposes, please let us know beforehand.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 - 2022

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Thursday 29th July 2021

9:30am - 12:30pm GMT

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