Social Enterprise

Why Social Entrepreneurs Need to Be Better Than Their Commercial Counterparts

Nick Stanhope | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Nick Stanhope

Successful commercial entrepreneurs have to prioritise building two types of value within their ventures: user value and financial value.

A Matter of Principle

Stephen Fear | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

Remember the next time you walk past a person sitting in a shop doorway that he or she isn't sitting there in the wind and rain as a lifestyle choice. They are there because something went wrong in their life and they are struggling to deal with it. They are someone's son, daughter, mother, brother or father. They could be yours!

Social Impact Insights: Nigel Kershaw, Chairman of Big Issue and CEO of Big Issue Invest

Carlos Miranda | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Nigel is a veteran and pioneer of social enterprise and social finance; in fact, he was working in these spaces well before they even had names. He is the Chairman of The Big Issue, a social enterprise founded in 1991 enabling homeless individuals in the UK to earn a living, and the CEO of Big Issue Invest, a social investment business founded in 2005 that provides finance to social enterprises.

Social Innovation Through Hope Economies: From Addicts to Entrepreneurs

Loren Treisman | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Loren Treisman

Bridgetown on the Cape Flats in Cape Town isn't where you'd immediately head to seek out social innovation. High unemployment and poverty have left communities plagued by drug addiction and gang crime; the lack of opportunity leaving many feeling hopeless...

Why Am I Passionate About Food Waste?

Jenny Dawson | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Jenny Dawson

We are all very aware of the problems that climate change and deforestation have on the sustainability of our planet. Food waste however is an enormous growing issue affecting our resources that seems to go under looked or thought of as less significant.

Heard the Rhetoric About Putting Communities at the Heart of Our High Streets? Where's the policy to support it?

Bill Grimsey | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bill Grimsey

I've never much rated Brandon Lewis' vision. The minister for high streets has previously argued that the explosion of betting shops, fast food outlets and payday lenders is a sign of a thriving high street.

Digital Enterprise: New Rules Apply for Entrepreneurs of the Future

Annika Small | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Annika Small

The UK is on the brink of a sea change. When it comes to starting a business, technology has levelled the playing field, opening up new opportunities for young people to drive change. More than half of those in the UK aged 18-25 want to set up their own business and almost one in six are now in the process of doing so, compared with less than one in ten only a year ago.

It's Not About the Money: The Addictive Ideas That Drive an Entrepreneur

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

A lot of people ask me why I took the plunge from having a dream job at one of the most well-recognised and valuable brands (Rolls-Royce) to starting something where sleeping on the floor of friends' houses became a common event

A New Entrepreneurial Force for Ex-Offenders and Those in Recovery From Addiction

Will Prochaska | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK
Will Prochaska

Chris Grayling's announcement of the

On the Brink of a Revolution in Social Entrepreneurship

Helen Stephenson | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Stephenson

Social enterprise - sustainable businesses that exist for more than simply profit - is not a new concept, but their recent growth is. There are now 180,000 social enterprises in the UK and sector contributes at least £55bn to the economy.

A New Kind of Private Members Club - Tackling Homelessness

Sandra Schembri | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK
Sandra Schembri

My starting point as Chief Executive was what if this could be a place where the pleasures and needs of one group may facilitate the dreams of others? And that this should be at the forefront of all our organisational decisions, from the training we offer to the members that join, the networks they bring with them, the cultural programming we create and the suppliers we choose to work with.

Let's Say 'No' to Careers Advice

Erica Sosna | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Erica Sosna

Universities and colleges are a little more interested, but they still struggle to integrate self discovery and career coaching into the core curriculum. And until they do, careers advice is meaningless.

Is Ethical Banking an Oxymoron?

Ian Middleton | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK
Ian Middleton

On the day that Royal Bank of Scotland announced a bonus payout to it's staff of £588million in spite of an operating loss of £8.24billion, one had to wonder if any lessons were really learnt from the mess that was left after the banking crash only a few years ago...

People, Power, Politics

Dan Gregory | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

With our new electoral cycle in place, the Scottish referendum looming and politicians now realising photo opportunities to stand in waders and point at floods are now within 30 minutes of the capital, Westminster seems to be in pre-election mode 18 months early.

If You Want Something Done Properly, You Best Do It Yourself

Kimberley Duke | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kimberley Duke

The Us Society is now a fully-fledged social enterprise on a mission to help change the way smaller business interact with their customers to help them gain back the upper hand from massive corporates.

Why I'm Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

James Davenport | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Davenport

We create art with a variety of participants such as homeless or vulnerably housed people, to disabled people. Through workshops, events and performances we provide a platform which offers a voice for the voiceless.

Citizen Centricity, Control and Accountability Are Essential for Public Services - And Democracy

John Tizard | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Last week I was invited to give evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) for its enquiry on citizens and public services. This is an important enquiry and has the opportunity to address some fundamental questions about the nature of our public services, and the Government's 'reform' and public expenditure programmes.

Let's Talk About Content

Carlos Miranda | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK
Carlos Miranda

While there is no secret formula to creating engaging social media content, the best examples of content have two things in common: the content is original and it has been distributed in the right way to the right people.

Philippines: "We Can Stop This Madness"

Richard Reoch | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Richard Reoch

In an undiplomatic, tearful outburst at the current UN Climate Change conference, The Philippines representative told delegates their meetings have been called "an annual gathering of carbon-intensive useless frequent flyers." Judging by the successive failure of these international gatherings to reverse humanity's disastrous trajectory, many observers would agree with that frank assessment.

Time for a Real 'Civil Society' - Not Just Contracted Public Services

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

I know that a few public sector bodies are developing collaborative alliances with the voluntary and community sector rather than simply contracting with it. However, in reality, the latter are in a small minority and the trend, sadly, is in the opposite direction.

Public Services We Can Believe In

Dan Gregory | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Gregory

The taxpayer it seems, doesn't actually like privatisation very much. Successive governments have often been to the right of the taxpayer, outsourcing regardless of a public mandate, not least in the NHS.

Trust and Philanthropy

Carlos Miranda | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Earlier this month, the Stars Foundation - in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Charities Aid Foundation, GlobalGiving UK, the Pea...

How To Transition Into Social Enterprise

Adele Barlow | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

On September 9th, we ran one of our Adam Street Club events with On Purpose, a London-based social enterprise leadership development program. Here are some nuggets of advice from the evening.

Why I Don't Use Zero-Hours Contracts: Three Basic Principles

Charlie Mowat | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I can see the issue from both points of view, and the debate seems to have polarised with the solution probably being somewhere in the middle. I certainly don't think that zero-hours contracts should be banned outright. However, at my company, The Clean Space, nobody is on a zero-hour contract, despite them being extremely common in the cleaning industry as this list of vacancies shows.

Social Impact Insights: Andrea Coleman, CEO & Co-Founder of Riders for Health

Carlos Miranda | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK
Carlos Miranda

Accepted stats claim that there are roughly 180,000 registered charities and about 60,000 social enterprises across the UK. Odds are that as you read this blog post, some enterprising and socially minded individual is busy registering a new charity or social enterprise.