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Why Support for Industry Showcasing Is So Important to Musicians Across the World

Vanessa Reed | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Reed

Last night, we organised an event in Parliament with the UK's Minister of Culture and Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey, to celebrate ten years of the Intern...

How To Start a Business Successfully: Six Key Tips From a Top Business Investor in Creative Businesses

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Carolyn Dailey

Did you know that creative entrepreneurs are part of the wider creative industries now worth almost £80 billion to the UK economy? Have you ever thou...

Don't Leave It to Paralympians - We All Need to Do Our Bit

Debbie Lye | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Sport
Debbie Lye

For most of us, sport and activity is something we do for fun... so why is it out of reach for so many disabled people?

Why Many Nursery Owners Are Saying 'No More Meddling' to Government

Angela Spencer | Posted 03.04.2016 | UK Parents
Angela Spencer

I am vehemently against bringing formal education into nursery settings. There is an enormous amount of evidence that suggests children should not be in a formal educational setting until the age of six or even seven years old. Until then they should be in a nurturing, play based environment.

Can Social Enterprises Help Charities Be Financially Independent?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Trewin Restorick

How can charities raise funds without damaging their integrity or independence? This question has never been more pressing. The collapse of Kids Comp...

Save Our HIV Support Services

Ian Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ian Green

By cutting public health budgets in-year by £200 million, the government has put enormous pressure on local authorities to make significant savings. Worryingly these savings are surfacing as cuts to services for people living with and at risk of HIV, leaving the more than 103,000 people in the UK living with a long team health condition with reduced local support facilities.

#WeMind Save Our Mental Health Services

Lucy Roberts | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Lucy Roberts

Mental health services in the Norfolk and Suffolk foundation trust are soon set to take another knock as the funding for the MIND support line in the area is coming to an end. On the 31st March 2016, the region is set to lose a vital resource for mental health services.

Making the Case for Science: An Interview With Sir Venki Ramakrishnan

Alex Jackson | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Alex Jackson

Following in the footsteps of eminent scientific figures like Isaac Newton and Ernest Rutherford is no easy feat, yet two months into his five-year presidency at the Royal Society, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan is taking it all in his stride.

Crowdfunding Take A Bow: UK Now A Worldbeater For Start-Ups

Nicola Horlick | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK
Nicola Horlick

Of the remaining £881 million of business lending in 2015, the report estimates that loans were made to over 10,000 SMEs in the UK. The top industry sectors lent to were manufacturing, engineering, transport, utilities, finance and retail.

Sex Buyers Know How to Make Prostitution Safer

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

Where a Sex Buyer Law has been enforced in Sweden, Norway and Iceland, countries renowned for their exemplary equality laws, this strategy has proven to reduce prostitution. Meanwhile the results of decriminalisation are verging on well-publicised apocalyptic levels of abuse in New Zealand, Nevada in the US, The Netherlands and Germany. We have the answers. Let's use them.

Sports Funding - Get Your Kit On Campaign

Adrian Christy | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Sport
Adrian Christy

Sport is important not just because it is good, but because it is good for society. Even if you aren't physically active, you feel the benefit of others who are - by paying less for the NHS, by having somewhere to drop your children at the weekend, by increasing our wealth as a country. In fact, spending on sport may be one of the best investments this government can make.

Specialist Care and Rehabilitation: When Will Funders Understand How Can We Square the Circle?

Johann van Zyl | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Johann van Zyl

There was a wonderful moment when we officially opened our flagship neurological care centre, Eagle Wood. TV presenter and actor Sir Tony Robinson too...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

Don't Let The Music Die: Västerås Sinfonietta

Chloe Gunning | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Like many, I used to travel purely for fun. I jetted off to destinations known for warm weather, picturesque beaches and delicious food. But if you fo...

Rugby World Cup: The Importance of Leaving a Legacy

Steve Grainger | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Sport
Steve Grainger

We want rugby to be among England's strongest sports, with clubs thriving and participation at an all-time high, to create a lasting legacy for generations to come. We have spent the last three years putting clear foundations in place to make the most of this opportunity.

Russell Group Universities, You're a Disgrace

Nona Buckley-Irvine | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nona Buckley-Irvine

Russell Group universities, you're a disgrace. Your silence on maintenance grants shows your contempt for widening access for the poorest students, and your total lack of commitment to playing a role in reducing educational inequality.

The Single Greatest Problem in the Social Care Sector Is That of Funding

Davina Ludlow | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Davina Ludlow

The debate over the state of the social care sector was reignited last week, after figures were released showing that over 150 allegations of abuse against the elderly are made every day in the UK. A Freedom of Information request to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed 30,000 allegations of abuse in social care services in the first six months of this year.

Incoherent, Expensive and Unfair: How Do We Fix the UK's Childcare System?

Jackie Brock | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK
Jackie Brock

The UK's childcare system is broken. In Scotland, where I lead a major children's charity, multiple factors mean the current settlement penalises many families. The first issue is, simply, cost... There is also a profound crisis of availability. Many parents find it impossible to access childcare provision that fulfils the needs of their child and complements work or study.

Statutory Funding for Adult and Children's Hospices Is Persistently Patchy

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

How much funding do you think charitable hospices get from the NHS and local authorities? It often surprises people to know that hospices for adults receive on average only around a third of their income from statutory sources, while children's hospices receive on average 17%.

Young Creatives Have No Idea Who'll Help Them Now

The Huffington Post UK | Jessie Thompson | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK

Hundreds of creatives are now facing an uncertain future as they say an emotional goodbye to 'life-changing' arts charity IdeasTap, which closes its d...

Meet The People Ready To Fund Your Social Enterprise

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

The word ‘grant’ usually precedes the word ‘wish’, and for many social enterprise ventures, it can feel like you'll need a huge sprinkling of ...

A New Golden Age for UK Technology Start Ups?

Chris Ciauri | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

How can the tech sector marry today's feeling of optimism - and the private sector cash that is aligned with that growth - with the creation of both a societal and industry infrastructure that will enable technology-orientated people and businesses to flourish and grow?

A Letter to David Cameron

Claire Greaves | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I know that you are only a human being just like I am and I hope that my words might reach you and make a difference. A huge part of your focus is on money and the economy and I understand how important this is, the recession was devastating. However, there is something much more important than money and that is human suffering...

The Struggle to Survive

Marcelle Speller | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Marcelle Speller

There are some people in this world who are true inspirations to us all. You might not have had the honour of meeting one of these people yet, but they won't be far away. They'll be quietly and diligently going about their business without you even noticing - but they'll be making a big difference to a lot of people who really need the help.

What to Know to Survive as a Startup

Bertie Stephens | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Bertie Stephens

Do you know why most startups fail in the first year? Because it usually takes longer than a year to build real traction and create a successful business, something many entrepreneurs totally underestimate.