We are what is called a PCO - Professional Conference Organiser.
Working primarily in the public sector we organise and manage event logisitcs - seminars, conferences, award ceremonies, etc. We've been involved with events ranging in audience size from 10 - 30,000 and the company has been going now for almost four years.
We also provide event management training to organisations. The last group trained were a… Continue
Added by Martin Jack on June 7, 2010 at 7:30 —
Social Traders promote 300 social enterprises with Google maps
Every business has been given an amazing offer not to be missed. It’s called Google Places, and in exchange for a free Google account and ten minutes of your time, each enterprise is given a place on the Google map anywhere in the world. On this place page you can add your organisation logo and provide details of…
Added by Bob Northey on May 21, 2010 at 20:39 —
OK, seeing as a lot of work that I do is in the guise of a business advisor, this may sound a bit odd, and I suspect may turn out to a be a tad contentious, but bear with me…
I recently saw some publicity for a local enterprise agency that caught my eye (for the wrong reasons) because of a client testimonial they’d used: “their advisors give you honest feedback as to whether or not your idea is a good one
As business advisors, it shouldn’t be our job to tell you if… Continue
Added by Adrian Ashton on May 17, 2010 at 16:42 —
The launch of the ‘Just Buy’ campaign last month by Social Firms UK invited consumers to buy on a regular basis from their local social firms. Continue
The campaign so inspired social enterprise advisor Bob Northey, Director
of Social Traders, that he offered his services in order to create a new Google
map using the latest mapping tools provided by the popular internet search
giant. The map is being launched…
Added by Bob Northey on May 6, 2010 at 7:34 —
a charity made front page news by closing after receiving £100,000 from the Home Office because it's been "too successful" in reducing crime and so its services are no longer needed. Continue
Well done to them - rather than try and continue a service that no one wants/needs, or to re-invent themselves with new services (which would undoubtedly have moved in into areas different to those that originally attracted its staff, volunteers, trustees and other supporters to it), they've decided to…
Added by Adrian Ashton on April 23, 2010 at 10:30 —
In short I am involved in buying a village shop as a community, we are going to create a community interest company to do this but there are some challenges about how we operate ahead of the formation of CIC, these are as follows
- We do not want to set up company until we are sure we will buy the shop so as to avoid asset lock of communities members cash so the solicitor is going to hold the funds. The other reason to avoid forming the CIC until we are certain it…
Added by David E Alexander on April 21, 2010 at 13:10 —
Here's an extract from the recent labour manifesto, what do we think?
The new mutualism
There is growing interest in co-operative and mutual organisations that people trust, and that have the capacity to unleash creativity and innovation, creating new jobs and services –… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on April 13, 2010 at 19:30 —
Hello CIC members
You may wish to review the new map and let me know your ideas for development. http://tinyurl.com/semapblog
What about a Google Map for CICs?
Added by Bob Northey on April 1, 2010 at 14:00 —
A special invite to CIC Association members
Find out more about signing up http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sec-manifesto/
and feel free to forward the link to your network of contacts within the social enterprise sector.
Many thanks. Bob
Added by Bob Northey on April 1, 2010 at 8:00 —
Catch my latest blog here
if you want to know how many social enterprises there are in the UK. Bob
Added by Bob Northey on March 31, 2010 at 18:18 —
If your favourite charity is looking for new ways to raise income, please feel free to let them know about us. This is the first time this type of affinity partnership is being offered and is a free and easy way to add another string to the fundraising bow.
Would love your feedback… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on March 22, 2010 at 20:00 —
dear all - sadly my main website is unwell. Continue
Hopefully back up before too long, but until then thanks for your patience if you're trying to access copies of any of my published articles, cheesy pics or links...
in the meantime you can still see my blog - http://thirdsectorexpert.blogspot.com, follow my tweets at…
Added by Adrian Ashton on March 21, 2010 at 21:10 —
I’ve been involved in the replication of social enterprises and co-operatives since 1998: as a member of a worker co-op that was licensed from another successful original worker co-op (which led to my being asked by some to comment on the failure of the Whole food Planet franchise that was based loosely on it earlier this year); as a manager of one of the regions of the ill-fated Aspire: the first attempt at creating a formal franchised social enterprise in every region of the country;… Continue
Added by Adrian Ashton on March 7, 2010 at 21:31 —
We now have a blog called LEICESTERPRISE
Added by Trevor Locke on March 1, 2010 at 16:12 —
There’s a regular feature in a private business management magazine that asks prominent business leaders each issue if, with hindsight, they’d have done anything differently if they had their time again. Continue
Recently, at a networking event organised by Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber and Unltd, I had the opportunity to ask a panel of prominent and successful social entrepreneurs what they, if they had their time again, and with the benefit of hindsight, might do differently.…
Added by Adrian Ashton on February 28, 2010 at 16:19 —
Directors & Officers Liability Insurance (D&O) is designed to indemnify directors and officers from claims against them personally for failing in their duties.
Management and Officials of Community Interest Companies would be sensible to consider this insurance as it can protect claims against them as individuals. Under the 2006 Companies Act, directors and officers are exposed to over 200 areas of statutory liability.
Claims could be made by…
Added by Stewart Glazzard (Insurance) on February 25, 2010 at 23:29 —
As a Trustee for the Light of Hope CIC (www.lightofhope.co.uk) I would like to ask if any other CIC has been given rate relief from their local council? We have just been refused both mandatory and discretionary relief from Trafford council, and yet our premises in Hebden Bridge has always received 100% rate relief from Calderdale.
Has anyone any advice/strategies for overcoming this problem please? All help gratefully received!
Added by Alison Sargent on February 21, 2010 at 14:48 —
We are Clair & Scott of EarthCraftuk Ltd. Having trading for just under a year, we recognise that we are indeed a CIC and having spoken to the Regulator`s office, will be transferring from a Ltd company to a CIC this week.
We run educational long term Forest Schools programmes for hard to reach and hard to engage young people (13-17) in our wonderful ancient woodland location near Canterbury. We are also developing a Social Forestry programme too.
In our… Continue
Added by Clair Teresa Hobson on February 20, 2010 at 10:58 —
Could the CIC asset lock help reduce the fear of privatisation in these types of circumstance? this is likely to be the first of a number of funding strains within the NHS, and it's probably going to be be a growing concern
The ability to raise capital in the marketplace is undoubtedly an advantage for private companies at the moment, but we could raise bonds against the NHS contracts to make it work. The asset lock also allows some assets to be transferred and protected, if… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on February 18, 2010 at 19:18 —
Here's the background.
The advocacy we've been engaged in as a 'social business' in Ukraine is at risk.
We aim to launch a family type home for children who have been in state care.The Abandoned Children of Ukraine
We have failed to attract funding or new business in the UK and been… Continue
Added by Jeff Mowatt on February 17, 2010 at 19:48 —