A socially enterprising sculptor was hit with the wrath of the BBC Dragons this week as he appealed for investment.
Extract '… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on September 9, 2010 at 15:36 —
Social Finance, the social investment bank co-founded by Sir Ronald, could get as much as £11.25m from the…
Added by John Mulkerrin on September 3, 2010 at 13:30 —
Messages to BIS…
Added by John Mulkerrin on July 27, 2010 at 12:13 —
so - this may (hopefully) provoke some discussion: a posting on a LinkedIn group recently said that of the 5000+ registered CICs, only 1% were co-operatives and the majority are 'inactive' (not trading) which was based on the authors looking up their records at Companies House.
if this is the case, then this surely poses an urgent question for the Association - namely what's going on if people are incorporating as CICs but then not actually doing anything? I know that the CIC… Continue
Added by Adrian Ashton on July 12, 2010 at 13:01 —
the Social Audit Network has just published a story of a sole trader who is doing social accounting on themselves http://bit.ly/8Xxh3i
(opens as pdf, see p3)
Added by Adrian Ashton on July 12, 2010 at 12:22 —
Added by Steve Morley on July 11, 2010 at 16:56 —
Website Accessability Is key when planning websites as people use all different ways of accessing your creation.
Some of these ways, but by no means all, are:… Continue
Added by Steve Blake on June 27, 2010 at 16:21 —
just stumbled across mp3s of the feature I recorded with @davedawes (founder of entreprenurses cic) on CICs back in 2008 that were really popular at the time http://bit.ly/aPkaye
(and also feature ella fitzgerald and S&M clubs...)
Added by Adrian Ashton on June 25, 2010 at 12:44 —
My area of expertise so to speak is the use of the web!
Over the past 10 years I have been writing websites for people and have learned a great deal (have in fact been writing websites since HTML 1 first came out). Two major things I have learnt is small business do not… Continue
Added by Steve Blake on June 25, 2010 at 1:30 —
There’s increasing interest from politicians and investors for social enterprises to enter ‘non-traditional’ market places (apparently there’s a belief that social enterprises don’t usually foray out of construction, catering or childcare into markets like telecoms, IT, financial services, etc etc...), especially into industries where private businesses have failed. Continue
So – leaving aside the argument that if other businesses fail in these markets, where is the logic in us…
Added by Adrian Ashton on June 24, 2010 at 19:21 —
Charities? They're yesterday's news, according to the charity chief executive turned social entrepreneur. Tristan Donovan finds out why
Duncan Fisher already has two charities to his name. In 1994 he co-founded Action for Conservation Through Tourism, now the Travel Foundation, which funds community projects in tourist destinations. Five years later he co-founded the Fatherhood Institute, a think tank that encourages family policy to pay more attention to… Continue
Added by John Mulkerrin on June 23, 2010 at 12:41 —
I'm picking up rumours like this one http://chris.pirillo.com/the-future-of-ning-communities/ that Ning is looking for new cash and having problems with their business model. It wouldn't be the first free network to crash. Anyone heard anything substantive?
Added by Rob Kay on June 18, 2010 at 12:30 —
Co-operative enterprises are extremely varied in their basis for membership, forms and structures, but all share a common global basis of… Continue
Added by Adrian Ashton on June 15, 2010 at 9:27 —
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 —