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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 9 May 2011 - 6:31pm

An uplifting theme of economic recovery today. I was with the Black Country Reinvestment Society this afternoon, which is a co-operative helping to give lifeline finance to small businesses in the West Midlands. They are investing £3m this year and are part of a successful Regional Growth Fund bid by another of our members, the Community Development Finance Association, which will raise this further still.

Then in Westminster for the launch of an IPPR Commission on the economy chaired by Eric Beinhocker. Eric’s comment was that the UK requires a dose of economic co-operation for its recovery that has not been seen since the 1940s.


Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 9 May 2011 - 5:56pm

Our first networking event held at Eastside Cafe in the heart of Digbeth on the 5th May (previously covered here) was a great success.

Delegates agreed that it was a relaxing, uplifting and inspiring event following the doom and gloom of recent months and allowed budding and existing entrepreneurs to celebrate their business ideas and make exciting new contacts in an informal setting.

iSE showcased its ever growing Shop for Change directory and its new social enterprise support services.

Eastside Cafe supplied the venue, the grub and the atmosphere — for which we thank them.

The next event will be in July – keep an eye out for details!

If you want to find out more ring me on 0121 771 1411.


On 9 May 2011 - 5:05pm

Earlier, I wrote about how CEOs should apologize.  CEOs should apologize in advance.  How many days have there been when I’ve gone home at night so disappointed in myself; could I have had a kinder tone; could I not have slowed down a bit more to encourage that team member who needed a bit more time, a bit more advice, a bit more encouragement?

And so not only do I try to apologize when right to do so, but I also apologize in advance. Let your team know you need their support.

This is openness.  It’s true, it’s real, it’s compassionate. You should do this for your team… so at rare times, it’s all right to ask the team for their understanding as well.

There are days when I know I miss things. Or perhaps you are on a lower rung of the patience ladder that day.   So if I haven’t gotten through all my emails or voicemails, or feel I don’t have a strong understanding of the situation, I will often preface conversations ...more

On 9 May 2011 - 1:51pm

This week we launched  the Transition Institute (Ti) with our partners Nesta. We had a pre-launch dinner at the Hoxton Grill, in partnership with Transition contributor Craig Dearden-Phillips, the night before and then the official launch at the wonderfully snazzy Nesta building 1 Plough Place on Thursday.

The dinner was exceptional. It was one of those where almost everyone who had been asked accepted probably because as Patrick Butler, Editor of Society, Health and Education Policy at the Guardian said, it read like a who's who of social commentators in ...more

On 9 May 2011 - 10:50am

They say you never really appreciate the true value of something til it’s gone.  They’re usually right, but not in this case.  Guardian Leeds hasn’t shut up shop yet and I am in no doubt about its value to Leeds.  I feel it also has profound implications for the future of local news gathering too.

For those of you don’t know, Guardian Leeds was a bit of an experiment by the Guardian.  They recruited a beatblogger for three cities – Leeds, Cardiff and Edinburgh, to try out a new way of gathering news.  Exclusively online, and ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 9 May 2011 - 9:29am

On Sunday I was doing a Queen Mary! Every year, in May, Queen Mary would visit the glorious American garden in Dulwich Park to see the stunning rhodedendrons. And yesterday I did the same; the Hound and I entering the park through Queen Mary Gate! Here are the views:

And as I viewed the gardens I was talking to a Doctor ( as I seem ...more

On 8 May 2011 - 11:00pm

This weekend, I spent some time helping my sister (also in Early Years!) go through her old teaching resources in readiness to move them into a new space.  Amongst the many gems we unearthed was a copy of Nursery World from May 2002.

Leafing through this random issue, I was reminded of Bill Murray in that classic film, Groundhog Day, as I discovered quite how shockingly familiar the stories in there really were: Liz Robert’s editorial was all about the delays to getting CRB checks done and the implication for nursery businesses; there was a report called Bitter ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 7 May 2011 - 1:23pm

An interesting week ahead. Next week marks the first anniversary of the launch of the " Big Society " initiative. So ACEVO will be launching the Report of it's Big Society Commission a week on Monday , the 16th May. The Commission has been chaired by Lord Rennard , with such luminaries as the Bishop of London, Nick Boles MP , Phil Collins, Lord Paul Boateng and Dame Clare Tickell. it will be an exposition of what civil society itself thinks of the notion of Big Society.

The government have been lamentable in explaining what the notion actually means. This report will attempt a better explanation. It will be critical .but it will do so in a positive way.

If you are interested the event is 10.30 at Church House in Westminster.

And next week also see the second meeting of the NHS Future Forum, this time in a football stadium in outer London, facilitated by Cap Gemini. It will all be most interesting. Will they have us out on the pitch for some bonding I wonder ...more

On 7 May 2011 - 9:20am

Allium's and broad beans shooting to the skiesIts all go, go, go at the allotment. It feels more like June than early May and everything is growing like topsy, the challenge is to keep it watered. I have had a busy week at work with the launch of our Transition Institute which went so well but sneaking down to the allotment to keep the water levels up during the driest April on record has been  tricky. But if things haven't dried out they should be shooting up as are my broad beans, salad and leeks. But my rhubarb is looking very sad, it has been attacked by something nasty, I'm not sure what it is but comparing notes ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 6 May 2011 - 8:12pm

We’ve published a report by Jonathan Bland, looking at international models and experiences of co-operatives running public services. There are some inspiring examples, in Spain, Sweden and Italy in particular.

But it is all a bit of a reality check on the programme here in the UK, which feels like trying to climb a fifty foot ladder with half the rungs missing. We may turn out eventually to be ok, but it is time to get serious.