Conversations of Impact – Making a profit as a Social Enterprise 

As a part of our Conversations of Impact – Local to Global series, we introduce the second event – Making a profit as a Social Enterprise.

Profits are not a dirty word but what do we mean by profits, who makes a profit and what should we be doing with profits? Bringing together an expert panel, we dive deeper into the realities and preconceptions of making a profit as a social enterprise. Our panel consists of

  • Sallie Ryan, Business Development Manager – Enterprise Mark CIC
  • Donal Traynor, Group CEO – Community Finance Ireland
  • Fiona Callan, Founder – Coaching to Be
  • Clare McGee Director and co-founder – Innovate Northern Ireland
  • Emma Connors, CEO – Recreate
  • Michael Maeder, Assistant Accountant – FoodCloud


Community Finance Ireland

“We’re a charity and a social enterprise operating across the entire island of Ireland. We aim to create a world-class community finance system that works tirelessly towards ensuring that positive social impact is felt – not just dreamt.”

Social Enterprise Mark

Social Enterprise Mark CIC is an award-winning international social enterprise accreditation body, which has over ten years’ experience of providing clear standards for the social enterprise sector, defining what it means to be a genuine social enterprise.

Coaching to be

Fiona Callan is an Accredited Licenced Coach and Trainer.

“For over 25 years I have worked in the field of social and economic development, with an emphasis on people development and creating equal opportunities for everyone in our communities, including the more vulnerable.”


Innovate-NI is an innovation and management consulting company headquartered in Derry, Northern Ireland.

“We concentrate on small business development, entrepreneurship, digital and social innovation projects. Our client base includes micro and small businesses, public sector bodies and VCSE clients across Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, UK and Europe.”


ReCreate is a social enterprise and registered charity making art materials and educational supplies accessible and affordable to every sector of the community for all kinds of creative purposes.

“At ReCreate, we are inspiring tomorrow’s inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs by making unique and unusual open ended materials freely available at a fraction of the price of high street art shops.”


FoodCloud is a social enterprise with a mission to transform surplus food into opportunities to make the world a kinder place.

“The only thing bigger than our vision is our drive. We’re all about action and we’re constantly finding practical solutions that create positive impact.”

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