Social Enterprise

How I Got Through The Edinburgh Fringe On Benefits

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

This year I took my topless comedy show 'Sextremist' to the Edinburgh Fringe partly in thanks to financial backing from the Tory Government, (yes you ...

Are Elected Mayors An Opportunity Or Threat For Social Enterprise?

Andrew Laird | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

These are going to be uncertain and challenging times for social enterprises and mutuals and the government must be vigilant as it settles devolution deals. We must all be wary of the unintended consequences of devolution and be careful not to undo the fantastic progress that has been made building up the social enterprise and mutual sector.

The Developing Social Economy In Korea

Nick Petford | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Nick Petford

The size of this economy is smaller than the UK where in excess of 70,000 social enterprises contribute 4% to UK GDP. But it is hugely impressive given a starting point of near zero at the turn of the millennium.

What Is the Point of Me?

Adrian Walker | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Adrian Walker

Whatever Europe I wake up in each day, I will carry on asking and being asked the question - what was the purpose? Do you really mean it or is it just hollow words? Was the day lived good enough? We will ask the same question at my work each day and with luck we will again start to ask the same questions of and in Government.

Time to Heal Divides...

Cliff Prior | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

We are a divided nation. A disunited kingdom. The referendum divide between Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and a handful of other English cities, and the rest of England and the whole of Wales, was deep. The divide between young and old was even deeper.

Brexit Can't Be Allowed to Completely Stall Public Service Reform

Andrew Laird | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

My biggest fear is that the referendum result will totally monopolise the time and energy of Ministers and MPs. As a country we cannot afford to slip into another period of nothing happening on the public service reform front. The public would not thank Westminster politicians for three years of nothing but Brexit.

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

A Social Enterprising Future for Ex-Gang Members

Devi Clark | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Devi Clark

Ed is one of six participants in a programme being run in Luton by PRACTivate, working with young adults who have had experience of gang membership, drug dealing or social exclusion. "I had to really reassess and think about what I want in life," he says.

Five Lessons About Starting a Business in a Developing Country

Edward Lowe | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Edward Lowe

There is no doubt about it; social enterprise is a hot topic right now. Balancing making profit with having a positive impact on the world is something that many entrepreneurs are striving for, and increasingly leading them to focus on some of the world's developing nations.

The Smart Money Is on the Local Economy

Dan Andersson | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Tech
Dan Andersson

Blockchain has been having a bit of a 'moment' over the past year, with some of the world's largest banks joining forces to create a framework for usi...

A Lazy Girl's Guide to Starting a Successful Side Project

Scarlett Montanaro | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Scarlett Montanaro

Since I started studying advertising back in 2009 I would sit in the audience of industry talks and listen intently to the speakers. These speakers seemed like the shining stars of advertising, who had everything together and had an inextinguishable amount of motivation...

Libraries in Dire Straits - Time for New Thinking

Andrew Laird | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

It's not going to be a huge surprise to many people that traditional council library services are in dire straits. As funding has been squeezed, services like children's and adults' social care are naturally being prioritised over non-essential services.

Five Things We Can Learn From Medellin

Adam Bradford | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Adam Bradford

I was lucky enough to visit the second largest city in Colombia last week - Medellin. The city of eternal spring. Once known as one of the most viol...

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...

Can Social Enterprise Ever Be Big Enough to Change the World?

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Rajeeb Dey

As social enterprise continues to grow at pace, we've seen the rhetoric shift from volume to one around scale. Whilst the concept of 'unicorns' (billion dollar valuation businesses), growth hacking and scaling is common speak in the technology field we are seeing more and more discussion on the concept of scale emerge in the world of social enteprise too.

A Balanced Economy Needs Responsible Finance for Business

Ben Hughes | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Ben Hughes

It was fascinating to read the latest description of a two-tier Britain - in which meaningful job creation is lagging behind in vast swathes of the Mi...

Queen's Young Leader Award Will Allow Me to Meet Some of the Commonwealth's Most Inspiring, Change-creating Leaders

Adam Bradford | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

The work I'm doing now, raising awareness and understanding of autism, running campaigns and developing my consultancy's portfolio will be impacted so much by the Award. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the Commonwealth's most inspiring, change-creating leaders who care about the world around them and the way it is working. I can't wait to meet my fellow Award Winners and Her Majesty The Queen!

Social Impact Insights: Georgie Fienberg, Founder, AfriKids

Carlos Miranda | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Carlos Miranda

In our Social Impact Insights series, we like to highlight the work of incredible, socially motivated individuals who are making a great impact in the...

Five Tips to Managing Stress and Anxiety

Katie Buckingham | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Buckingham

Starting a mental health project in order to help others really supported me through my recovery from anxiety. I found that helping others gave me a purpose, increased my self-confidence and generally made me feel good about myself.

Ask the Expert: What Is a Social Enterprise?

Dr Hinnah Rafique | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Dr Hinnah Rafique

As Director of a multi-award-winning UK social enterprise I get asked this question at least few times a week and have been meaning to write this blog...

John Lewis - Is Huge Spend on Festive Advertising a Waste of Money?

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

The Christmas commercials have landed, and with them the moral outrage and corporate cynicism of the masses, not ironically in the lazy, easy-activism format of internet meme.

Sustainable Business - These Are The Startups You Need To Know About

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle

At a time of austerity when big businesses are being judged for crossing the line, there’s something heartening happening in the world of startups. ...

Let's Release Public Services From the 'Computer Says No' Culture

Andrew Laird | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

There's a widespread discussion going on about how robots, machines and computers are replacing humans in the workplace. I watched the recent Panorama...

What Can We Learn From the Failure at Addenbrooke's Hospital?

Andrew Laird | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

That one of the jewels in the NHS's crown has ended up on a list of high-profile failures has come as a shock to many. The branding of Addenbrooke's Hospital as 'inadequate' by health regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), raises serious issues about the way hospitals are run. How can a hospital that was considered one of the safest two years ago, now be in special measures?

Changing the World of Social Enterprise Governance

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
June O'Sullivan MBE

Governance is rarely high on a social business' agenda. In fact when setting up a social enterprise, the CEO or Director gets a business plan together...