The key features from around the web in January.
The new Guardian social enterprise site has launched.
With the government appearing to favour larger organisations, small social enterprises will have to be prepared to shout says The Guardian’s Damien Handslip.
The number of social enterprises in the UK is likely to be half the official government figure of 68,000, according to Lucy Findlay, managing director of the Social Enterprise Mark Company.
Students and staff to benefit from an embedded social entrepreneurship culture across the higher education sector.
Social Enterprise’s Craig Dearden-Phillips asks: how does a services-based business survive and grow in this climate?
The government will introduce a Cooperatives Bill before the next election in order to make it easier to start up and run a cooperative, according to David Cameron, the Prime Minister.
Thirty Social entrepreneurs from the Schwab Foundation community are travelling to the Swiss mountains this month to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.
A quirk in UK company law and a steer from the US could lead the way to truly harnessing the power of capitalism in the service of society, suggests Luke Fletcher.
In today’s competitive marketplace, organisations are competing fiercely to retain and nurture their top talent pool to power their business growth.
An embattled social enterprise (The Big Issue) seeks to revive its fortunes.
While lower division clubs, Stenhousemuir and Clyde, are already operating as CICs - Stenhousemuir’s website provides the kind of clear explanation for using the CIC structure than many social enterprises might do well to replicate - Premier League St Mirren are currently looking to become the first full-time professional club in Scotland to go down the CIC route.
Women’s enormous capacity for adapting themselves and making the best of limited resources makes them a natural fit for social enterprises, says Servane Mouazan.
New Olympic contract wins could start a trend, says SEL’s Allison Ogden-Newton.
When the 2012 Olympics are finished, social enterprise GLL will run the venue for the next decade.
Avoiding definition has also allowed it to be co-opted by others and let private sector opportunists masquerade as social entrepreneurs, says The Guardian’s Declan Jones.
Charities, social enterprises and community groups in England, Scotland and Wales from 8 January will start to benefit from new credit union powers to reach many more members, organisations and communities.
University of Sussex Student Union’s social enterprise aims to provide affordable, student-focused lettings.
Notable stories from December…
The world’s first stock exchange for social enterprises will be set up in London with the help of money raised from dormant bank accounts, the government has announced.
Google’s ready to kick off 2012 with a renewed interest in the social enterprise market, which means the Google+ upgrades will be fast and furious.
LGC’s social enterprise channel, providing the latest local government news, comment and analysis.
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