SIMPL is a partnership

between Barrow Cadbury’s ConnectFund, Southwest Academic Health Science Network,  POP+ Plymouth, Torbay Community Development Trust and Colab Exeter. 

The SIMPL project, launched 29th November 2018, aims to increase the uptake of social investment across the southwest, by bringing together commissioners, investors/funders and service providers to start conversations around innovative solutions in the domain of complex life issues. Next to facilitating conversations, SIMPL’s ambition is to identify opportunities and co-produce potential projects that tackle these “wicked issues”.

About the partners

The ConnectFund

Designed to help the promotion of Social Investment through increasing awareness, knowledge & understanding of the ways that social investment can benefit providers, and commissioning processes.

Southwest Academic Health Science Network

Complementing the project with its research and academic expertise.

POP+, TCDT and Colab Exeter

These are local infrastructure organisations that are traditionally known as VCSE networks. These organisations are the operational drivers of the project in their local area and are committed to enhance their learnings by collaborating together amongst others in regional events.

Stewardship group

Simon Sherbersky

Lead Torbay
Torbay Community Development Trust

Robin Causley

Network Engagement Officer Torbay
Torbay Community Development Trust

Matt Bell

Lead Plymouth

Aydin Boyacigiller

Network Engagement Officer Plymouth
Associate POP+

Fiona Carden

Lead Exeter
Colab Exeter

Daphne Van Run

Network Engagement Officer Exeter
Exeter’s Social Enterprise Network ESSENCE

The SIMPL project was instigated by Simon Bowkett, former CEO of Colab Exeter. We thank him for his energy to get this off the ground and wish him well in his new endeavours.

Advisory group

Representatives from local government, investors, social enterprise network from Torbay, Plymouth and Exeter, and South West Academic Health Science Network, coming together bi-monthly.