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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 May 2011 - 11:42am

Thanks to Chris Newis for the pointer to this story. The BBC website recently carried a fascinating piece about social enterprise Circle’s acquisition of a ten-year contract to run Hinchingbrooke hospital, near Huntingdon, in Cambridgeshire.

Circle describes itself as “a social enterprise that forms the largest partnership of healthcare professionals in Europe – over 2500″ and is 49.9% employee-owned. Its aim is to deliver world class health care in hospitals with a five-star hotel environment — and to do this while operating, according to Ali Parsa, its ex-Goldman Sachs founder, as a social enterprise where clinicians are in charge.

In the case of Hinchingbrooke hospital, the deal will require Circle to meet health service standards, pay off the hospital’s estimated £40m debts, and pay a return ...more

Posted By Unity Blog
On 31 May 2011 - 10:02am

Hello hi all,

Now it is safe to say I have made my mark in Stoke on Trent for my graffiti murals at various schools, colleges and public spaces…Last week I had the pleasure of getting my work known outside of Stoke as I ventured up to the Kings Bromley area, located in Derbyshire to teach graffiti and do two murals with some students at Oaklands College. The young people were very enthusiastic and willing to take part in the mural. The skills they demonstrated were very impressive and I think they even surprised themselves in terms of the final outcomes due to the fact it was their first time using spray paint. Not only did they block in colour, they effectively blended colours together to create tone and even had a go at doing the outlining!!! Everyone at Hillcrest Oaklands College made me feel extremely welcome and even made me an omelette using fresh eggs from the animals they keep on site. Below is a picture of some of the artwork they produced…It proved impossible to ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 May 2011 - 8:58am

Teenage trainees told their success stories to businesses, charities, colleges and dozens of others at a bumper partner event arranged by social enterprise training provider Enta.

Enta provides training courses, advice, guidance and career support to help more than 2,000 young people into employment every year.

The community-interest company works with dozens of partner organisations across the West Midlands and 75 attendees came together to discuss future business link ups during Enta’s Key Partner Event.

Among the visitors were representatives from Birmingham City Council and Aston Reinvestment Trust (ART); Job Centre Plus and the Connexions service; city recruitment firms Pertemps ...more

Posted By Addiction Focus
On 30 May 2011 - 11:42am

Most people have heard the words “monkey on my back” used as a term for defining addiction. Personally, I find the word “addiction” too soft a word to describe the monster every addict or alcoholic battles in daily life. It’s too clinical, too sterile, and just doesn’t pack the same punch as the monkey analogy. [...] ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 30 May 2011 - 8:45am

I have been up visiting Scotmid, Scotland’s largest independent co-operative. Hollis, the society president, pointed me to this time sheet for Sean Connery in the days when his day job was working in the co-op.



On 28 May 2011 - 2:31pm

The last few weeks have been a bit of an intellectual whirlwind, which always gets me really excited.  So for those people who think working with children is all about being nice and patient (and washing your hands a lot), it actually provides a platform for a great deal of intellectual challenge.

On Thursday 19th May, I got to hear Professor James J Heckman expounding his theories on the importance of investing in the Early Years at the Daycare Trust Lecture organised to celebrate their 25th anniversary. It was a fascinating romp through 40 years worth of research, which continues to show how investing in the Early Years makes sense ...more

On 28 May 2011 - 12:17pm

Best in Show: Cleve West's take of old meets new in this spectacular feast of mixed planting sponsored by The Daily TelegraphEvery year I make sure I get some time at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and despite the crowds and hype I am never disappointed, in fact, I usually come back with my head buzzing with ideas, planting combos and the odd new technique, and despite the weather, this year was no exception.

Hubbie and I always go on the Thursday evening, its cheap, a little less crowded and we can get a day's work in before hand. As we arrived this time though, our thoughts of Pimms on the lawn were washed away as we were met by hurricane Katrina. The heavens opened, hail issued forth and ...more

Posted By Ben Metz blog
On 28 May 2011 - 8:02am

ImpactAssets, the innovative investment platform I am working with to bring to Europe, has just relaunched its website.  I’ve been writing a little about the R&D work I’m involved in, scoping out its viability and putting the first building blocks in place, here in Europe.  But now the website is up and running you can get a much more comprehensive picture of what I am working to bring to this side of the pond.

Check out the new ImpactAssets website here.


On 27 May 2011 - 5:54pm

I find that so much of what is true ‘happiness’ in one’s job is how we conduct ourselves and our thinking.

For example, even if your job isn’t your exact ideal, there are elements that can bring full happiness. Being of service is not relegated to any one sector. Being professional, kind, courteous, and with a high “client service” attitude to external parties as well as to the internal team, can bring high “happiness” value.  Ideally, it should be coupled with sincere appreciation in return.  Regardless, it makes us feel happy to deliver sincere value. We hold a “high happiness quotient” in our own esteem for ourselves and how we are serving.

On the larger scale of trying to find something you love to do–I do think each person has a wonderful contribution in life and is here for a reason. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to search for it. Part of the searching makes us who we are; hones our goals; and positively affects others along the way… Life is ...more

Posted By Ben Metz blog
On 27 May 2011 - 2:50pm

I’ll be at SOCAP Europe this coming week, continuing the R&D process we’ve begun exploring what ImpactAssets might look like in Europe.  I’ll also be moderating a session on impact measurement at SOCAP on May 31st at 4pm.  Next Billion, the website that explores the connection between development and enterprise, have penned a short piece ahead of the session that you can find here.