Today we launched our first campaign in the City of London – it seems to have hit the Mark, if you’ll indulge the pun. Mark holders from all over, came to tout their wares to City businesses – and there were some big name city businesses there, as well as being high in number. KPMG and Wates Group both talked with passion about why they thought that Social Enterprise Mark holders can make a difference in their supply chains along with strong support from the City of London Corporation. There was also strong interest in understanding the criteria and rigorous assessment process from City businesses – to remove the risk of engaging with organisations masquerading as social enterprises. This all goes to prove there is a definite need for certification which is robust and actually means something.
Chris White MP gave a barnstorming address – not something you often associate with a back-bencher, but his words were inspiring and really set the global context that we now find ...more
“Love and expectation yield quick results.”
- D. Michael Day, of Boco Raton, Florida
Should we be celebrating the fact that Wal-Mart is considering joining the health care industry? The retail giant made big news last week when NPR learned that it was seeking partnerships with health firms for a major expansion of its in-store medical clinics. According to Wal-Mart’s request, the retail giant wants to “dramatically: 1) lower the cost of health care while maintaining or improving outcomes, and 2) expand access to high-quality health services by becoming the largest provider of primary health care services in the nation.”
Most of the commenters that weighed in for NPR’s article expressed doubts. Ann O’Malley, physician and senior health researcher at the Center for Studying ...more
Today Nick and I delivered a T-shirt customization workshop to our students on the programme. This session taught them how to use Adobe Illustrator, Vinyl cutter & the heat press. Aswell as delving into a little mathematics for sizing the students were able to create and produce their own personal design on a white t-shirt.
The students all had fun, learnt something new & were VERY pleased with their designs. Some dedicated theirs to their favourite movie and others focused on their favourite artists. One student, who is very skilled in art illustration, and hopes to go to college to study art drew her picture free hand, uploaded it to Adobe Illustrator and using the pen tool, outlined her design. A VERY impressive finished t-shirt. I will be uploading the picture later…. Well done to the students!
remember – STTAAAYYYY creative!
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that we are among the UK's 100 fastest growing social enterprises.
The Social Enterprise Alliance just had its annual summit in Chicago, and it went extremely well. Social enterprisers from around the U.S. and Canada, as well as the world, shared a rare opportunity to brainstorm together about making social change at the intersection of mission and the market.It was also an opportunity to welcome Kevin Lynch as the new CEO of the Alliance. A highly successful
Last year Think Venue generated over £1.3m worth of business to local Social Enterprises and Third Sector conference and meeting venues, helping to secure valuable income for communities and businesses with social and environmental objectives. The launch of Think catering, aims to do the same for caterers across the Midlands and beyond.
Think Catering is a caterer finding website that helps customers to find ethically or socially-led caterers all in one easily accessible place, making it easier for them to find a business that matches their requirements for great quality catering whilst helping them achieve their CSR objectives.
Like Think Venue, businesses that book with Think Catering will get real ...more
Social Enterprise Central, is a new co-working space from BVSC Enterprises and Cloudberry and is set to provide a focus for social entrepreneurship and social enterprise development right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. Located inside BVSC, just two minutes from The Bullring and Moor Street station, SE Central is an ideal flexible co-working space for solo entrepreneurs, growing social enterprises and units of a larger social enterprise with a need for a central Birmingham base.
SE Central will provide a range of monthly desk rental options from 20-60 hours per ...more