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Posted By Addiction Focus
On 10 October 2011 - 10:55am

Addictions UK exists to offer a Specialist Home-based Addictions Recovery Programme. Our programmes are abstinence-based but, as they do not require residential rehabilitation, allow clients to continue their usual activities while finding the route to normal living. Visit for more information. — Hello, my name is Simon Stephens, I’m Director of Casework for Addictions [...] ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 10 October 2011 - 10:00am

Further to this post in which Pauline Roche’s comment reminded me about the Guardian’s Social Enterprise Network blog, I have just posted the following there in an attempt to prompt wider discussion rergarding what I think is a key issue that currently faces the sector:

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I think social enterprise development in disadvantaged communities is an absolutely key issue at the present — but largely unacknowledged.

Historically, SE development in disadvantaged communities has been provided free at the point of delivery, typically by providers securing funds from third parties (Lottery, local government, the Regional Development Agencies, augmenting a Business Link contract) to pay for this. 
Virtually all of these sources of ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 10 October 2011 - 9:52am

Here is an excellent current overview of the Mondagon community of co-operative enterprises on BBC Radio.


On 10 October 2011 - 8:54am

Autumn Sweet Fennel at its best
According to the press association, the Bank of England gave its clearest signal yet this weekend that we are on the verge of a double dip recession and to stave off further decline they are going to release £275 billion pounds (£75 billion more than previously thought) of 'new money' into the economy via the banks. Speaking on Sky's Dermot Murnaghan Sunday programme, Dr Matin Weale, a senior member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee said that "There is quite a lot of scope for further quantitative easing (QE). Before the ...more

On 10 October 2011 - 7:23am

October 16th is the 5th annual Blog Action Day when bloggers from around the world will be posting their thoughts on an issue of global importance. Along with thousands of others, I will be offering my contribution to a global debate about an issue that affects us all. Previous years have focussed on water, climate change and poverty and Urban Forum and this year’s theme is food.


Blog Action Day coincides with World Food Day, so it’s a great opportunity to think about the challenges of feeding the world’s hungry or the role of food on the environment, ...more

On 10 October 2011 - 12:30am

This week has been rather a fest of networking, the most noteworthy of which was one evening and one day attending the Conservative Party Conference.   A Conference virgin, I was unprepared for the sheer intensity of the networking, posturing and positioning among the very male audience. It put me in mind of a quote by Armstrong Williams that ‘Networking is an essential part of building wealth’.

The conference audience was seduced by the charisma of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove,  lapping up their passionate espousals of their pet topics, London and Education.  I was surprised their boyish charm won over such a male audience, but no one would argue (in that hall) against the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 10 October 2011 - 12:00am

Addictions UK attends Canadian meetings ...more

On 9 October 2011 - 7:23pm

I had an interesting conversation with my wife at the weekend. It was about a new conservatory. I don't want one, not until our business is in good shape and, even then, I can't say I wouldn't prefer just to whack £25k off our mortgage.

I suspect a version of this conversation goes on in most households at least a few times of the year. Our own position, of course, is one reason why the UK economy is looking so bad just now. If I were feeling a little better about the future, there would probably be Suffolk builders pulling up to my gate on Monday morning to start four weeks' work. My twenty five grand would soon be pinballing around the builders' merchants, homes, supermarkets and pubs of the town.

Instead, it sits stagnating in my offset-mortgage bank account, waiting for the financial bombs to drop. What we are seeing now - the closed shops, bars and cafes (outside London at least), the army of underemployed - is just the beginning of a long period ...more

Posted By Ben Metz blog
On 9 October 2011 - 2:19pm

La Rochelle is a gem of a restaurant.  Or rather more of a canteen.  Open only at lunchtime, with no website and tucked inside the grounds of a school in Shoreditch converted into live-work units it is well worth tracking down (Time Out review here for more details).

A seasonal and ever changing menu, shared tables and easy going service turn ones full attention to the quality and clarity of most things that are offered.  Good enough to make the venue for a special occasion.  Relaxed and affordable enough for every day lunching.  Go.  I have, and will do – again and again…


On 9 October 2011 - 12:22pm

Best of the web: Friday 7 OctoberFrom big business to Livity, we round up some of the most useful and interesting social enteprise links from around the web