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Nov 2011

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The key features from around the web in November.


28 Nov

‘Does social enterprise work in the UK? - a video’

BBC Down to Business presenter Leo Johnson with his latest video diary. Leo meets some emerging young entrepreneurs at a social enterprise event in London at St Pancras New Church, where he tries to discover the health of the sector. Is social enterprise a viable business model in developed economies.

25 Nov

‘arc partner Striding Out announces ‘Future 100’ young social entrepreneurs for 2011’

The Future 100 Awards recognise the success of young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 who demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and innovation in progressing a responsible business venture. The Awards’ definition of responsible business, is one which demonstrates an equal balance between economic, environmental and social goals to achieve ultimate business success.

24 Nov

‘Social enterprise: The changing face of UK entrepreneurship’

According to Shell LiveWIRE’s Director, Stuart Anderson, it sure can. He tells us a story of the changing face of UK entrepreneurship… Once upon a time, in the Thatcher era, being an entrepreneur involved risk-taking, wheeler-dealing and “selling your own mother for cash”. It was all about the money.

23 Nov

‘Charities urged to consider the risks of social investment’

Social investment is growing in popularity amongst charities looking for new ways to fund their services, says a leading think-tank today. Government cuts and a decline in donations is making more charities consider new types of funding, says New Philanthropy Capital (NPC). But it advises them to think carefully before taking on social investment.

22 Nov

‘England social investment survey finds £165m dominated by social lending’

The social investment market in England remains small and dominated by a few large players, a new survey reveals.

21 Nov

‘Crowd funding blooms in Scotland’

Crowd funding remains an unfamiliar term to many, even in the business community - but the concept is fast gathering traction as an alternative route to financing start-ups.

16 Nov

‘£6m Big Lottery Fund programme will support social investment’

The Big Lottery Fund has announced a £6m grant programme to support organisations that are developing social investment proposals in the UK. The initiative called Next Steps: Supporting Social Investment in England will award between £40,000 and £1m to social investment proposals that are already in development but need extra funding.

15 Nov

‘Business for the common good’

Andy Horsnell gets what the Occupy Movement protesters are saying when they equate business with the widening gap between the haves and have-nots. But, as manager of professional development at the Acadia Centre for Social & Business Entrepreneurship in Wolfville, N.S. and someone who has built a career within social enterprise, he sees social enterprise as a complementary alternative.

14 Nov

‘Neelam Chhiber awarded as India’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011’

More than 140 applicants entered the seventh annual “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” selection process for India, and four finalists emerged after several stages of rigorous assessment.

11 Nov

‘Social entrepreneurship and the next generation of giving’

It is no longer considered gauche to give to someone in the developing world with the expectation that the money be returned. Nearly everywhere you look “social entrepreneurship” is being used in lieu of “philanthropy” and “charitable giving.”

10 Nov

‘50 stars in seriously long-term innovation’

What kind of action is needed to build a more efficient, resilient system than the one we currently rely upon - asks Charmian Love, CEO of innovation consultancy Volans and co-author of a new report on ‘seriously long-term’ thinking around sustainability?

9 Nov

‘Social entrepreneurship and the next generation of giving’

It is no longer considered gauche to give to someone in the developing world with the expectation that the money be returned. Nearly everywhere you look “social entrepreneurship” is being used in lieu of “philanthropy” and “charitable giving.”

8 Nov

‘Deutsche Bank launches £10m social investment fund in UK’

Deutsche Bank has launched the Impact Investment Fund to help a variety of social businesses over the next three years.

‘Rise forced to close by loss of funding’

Rise, the umbrella body for social enterprises in south-west England, has been forced to close as its major funder, the South West Regional Development Agency, is due to shut down next year.

7 Nov

‘Opinion: Rewarding social entrepreneurs - a video’

Howard Husock on the Manhattan Institute’s social entrepreneurship awards.

4 Nov

‘Growing social enterprise movement holds opportunities for volunteers’

Trustees Unlimited’s Richard Williams on how social enterprise can draw on volunteers. Published in The Guardian.

3 Nov

‘Funding your start-up social enterprise’

A profusion of crowd-funding platforms has emerged in the last few years, from the peer-to-peer lending site Zopa to microfinance giants Kiva.

2 Nov

‘The Big Deal with Social Enterprise’

The Giant QR code that promotes Social Enterprise in a direct and fun way.

‘Social Enterprise: WWF And Coca-Cola’s Mission To Protect The Great White Polar Bear’

Coca-Cola is embarking on a U.S. social enterprise project with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in order to protect the polar bear’s Arctic home.

LGC’s social enterprise channel, providing the latest local government news, comment and analysis.

In association with Capsticks, specialist law firm for health and local government organisations.


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