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Posted By Community Money
On 1 November 2011 - 10:12am

An energy drink or iPhone accessory - those were some of the answers to a recent study into people's understanding of financial products. There is still work to do. ...more

On 31 October 2011 - 5:05pm

“…a good leader remembers who the true leader is.”

-Tony Dungy, football player and coach

A good leader remembers that their capabilities only take them so far.  A really good leader realizes their capabilities comes from both a divine source, and numerous people’s positive influence.

None of us are spectacular in our own right.

We possess qualities of intellect, goodness, judgment, kindness which are from a much more divine source, a source that cannot be contained in one person. No person holds ownership on all these qualities. We get it from something – and something much greater.

Then, there are all the positive people in our lives. They shaped us, modeled ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 October 2011 - 4:31pm

I’ve written extensively on this blog about Social Impact Bonds. Since the first pilot SIB (the Peterborough criminal justice system SIB, covered here), things have begun to move forward quickly.

Birmingham has been chosen as one of four local authority areas to trial a SIB aimed at raising investment to deliver services which will turn around ‘problem families’ and it is evident that the government is also considering SIBs as the key means of paying for a range of early intervention services.

But these examples of SIBs are essentially ‘macro’ level public sector Bonds. They aren’t investment options being offered by individual organisations.

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 October 2011 - 3:01pm

Business in the Community’s business members want the organisation to take more action to support local enterprise growth. 

BITC is therefore holding a series of Enterprise Inquiries to look at some of the ways larger businesses can stand alongside small businesses and social enterprises to help them survive and grow.

The Birmingham event takes place on Wednesday 16th November 2011 from 07:45 to 10:15 at Fazeley Studios, Fazeley St, Digbeth B5 5SE.

There’s more information about the BITC Enterprise Inquiry here. Places are limited and must be booked by RSVP’ing to Alison Maxam alison maxam bitc org or calling 0121 451 2227. ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 31 October 2011 - 12:40pm

Well there I was. Checked in. Sitting in airport watching as HM boarded her plane and left. Mildly watching TV screens and thinking must be sod all happening if they doing an inteview with Quantas CEO. Then I notice " News Alert". All Quantas fleet grounded. But surely not planes already being loaded me thinks.

Anyway , nearly 3 days later I arrive in a cold Heathrow at 5am and 2 night time flights. By now your heart is bleeding I'm sure!

Still I had an unexpected day in Singapore. Lunch at that fantastic Raffles Hotel and the Sung Evensong at St Andrew's Cathedral.

The last night in Perth was most agreeable. A wash up and party at the Cottesloe Surf Club. Watching the sunset. Seeing the Southern Cross emerge. But not many surfers owing to the fact one was eaten a couple of weeks back by a shark.

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On 31 October 2011 - 12:35pm

Confusion has arisen over the Governments’ new Warm Homes Discount. Customers have been calling the energy companies trying to find out who is eligible and therefore will qualify for £120 off their electricity bill this winter. Most of the money will be distributed automatically but for some eligible customers the discount will only be available ‘first come, first served’.

Pensioners in receipt of the guarantee element of Pension Credit should receive their discount automatically without having to take any action. They will receive a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions to say that their electricity bill will be credited with £120.

Some other households may also qualify, but the funds are limited. These customers do need to apply to their energy company. Each company has slightly different criteria for deciding who can have a payment. In broad terms they are looking for customers who receive a means-tested benefit and have a child under 5 or who also ...more

Posted By Charity Bank Blog
On 31 October 2011 - 12:20pm

The timing of the Occupy London protest, which has coincided with both National Ethical Investment Week and the latest phase of the Greek debt saga, means that money, and the ethics surrounding it, are currently hot topics – both in the media and on the street. Unsurprisingly, the Guardian has been the most vocal supporter [...] ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 October 2011 - 11:48am

The Health Exchange, a community interest company incorporated in 2008 and one of the fastest growing health social enterprises in Birmingham, is seeking to recruit a Research and Development Assistant.

The role of the R&D Assistant is to provide staff and managers of Health Exchange CIC with the necessary research and development support, data collection and management to enable the company to prove its impact and improve its services to clients and partners.

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On 31 October 2011 - 10:14am

Some highlights a month into our 3 year Big Venture Challenge UnLtd programme.

We had the launch event and boot camp at newly launched The Westminster Hub.An event that was both useful and practical.

We heard from Sinclair Beecham and Lara Morgan; both were inspiring in their candid appraisal of what it really takes to become successful. Both have seen hardships and great success and that journey and experience was evident in their insights. Great.

We had a chance to meet the25 winners/peers, as well as hear from some social enterprises that have managed to secure some significant investment, which is no mean feat in this challenging investment market.

We ...more

On 31 October 2011 - 1:40am

I’m sure I’m not the only social entrepreneur who’s a bit bored of being asked variations on the question ‘how do you balance your social and commercial aims?’ So bored, in fact, that I may soon reach the point where I resort to the answer ‘on the end of my nose at an angle of between 60 and 80 degrees depending on wind speed’.

The question in its various forms is based on an assumption that is fundamentally incorrect – the assumption that social enterprises that are commercially unsuccessful are unsuccessful because, in their day-to-day approach to business, they prioritise social aims over commercial aims, and successful social enterprises are successful for the opposite reason.

It’s an assumption that some at the more charity-oriented and of the social enterprise spectrum trade on to add sparkle to their halos and that some at the more social business end of spectrum trade on during bouts of macho posturing about how real businesses never need grants.

It’s ...more