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Sept 2011

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The key features from around the web in September.


29 Sept

Social enterprise and the London Olympics

Deloitte’s chief executive believes social enterprise can embed London’s Olympic legacy, reports The Guardian.

Campaigners halt NHS service transfer to social enterprise

Gloucestershire NHS has reportedly agreed to delay the proposed transfer of primary health services and 3,000 staff to a community interest company after local campaigners threatened legal action.

27 Sept

Slow takeup for key Big Society social enterprise scheme

A government programme designed to enable nurses to set up social enterprises to run their own services has seen slow take up, amid fears about job security, reports Nursing Times.

Homelessness charity achieves ‘social’ business award

Kent based homelessness charity Porchlight has recently been recognised for helping to improve society through its services for vulnerable people by receiving the prestigious Social Enterprise Mark.

26 Sept

Social enterprise in India - balancing ‘social’ and risk

Indian social enterprises need support to take risks, says a prominent Indian social entrepreneur.

Out with project funding and in with social entrepreneurship

Universities will be better able to secure funding by being socially enterprising, argues The Guradian’s Nick Petford.

21 Sept

Thriving Social Enterprise Empowers Rural Poor In Philippines

Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. of Philippines has emerged as one of the sterling examples of how social enterprises can make a difference while being profitable at the same time.

20 Sept

Big 25 contest winners begin £1.2m social venture journey

The 25 winners of a nationwide talent search were named today and handed £25,000 each to turbo-charge their ideas for tackling major social problems through social entrepreneurship.

19 Sept

Social enterprise: The NHS ‘big society’ gets a reality check

David Cameron gave staff-owned Central Surrey Health a ‘Big Society’ award. But its first attempt to win business in the NHS market has failed, triggering fears for future employee ‘spin-outs’.

13 Sept

Women empowerment through social entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Two young Pakistani women from two very diverse regions of the country are showing the way how social enterprises can make a direct impact on the lives of underprivileged women in Pakistan.

12 Sept

Chef to reopen Ramsbottom pub as social enterprise to help young

A Chef is to reopen a dilapidated pub as a social enterprise that will help young people struggling to find work become more employable.

7 Sept

Social enterprise and the 2011 party conference season

A brief guide to social enterprise events at this year’s party conferences.

2 Sept

Is All Good Business Inherently Social Enterprise?

I liked the phrase social entrepreneurship instantly when I first heard it. It’s doing well by doing good.

Santander unveils ambitious plans to support social enterprise sector

Santander is set to enter the social enterprise marketplace for the first time by piloting an ambitious awards programme in the north east.

Social Enterprise: How Giving Can Help CMOs Create Serious Value

You have undoubtedly heard of TOMS Shoes, the company that gives one pair of shoes to a barefoot child for every pair bought. Its entrepreneurial founder, Blake Mycoskie, created a simple yet innovative business model and launched the company in 2006. What you probably don’t know is that social enterprise sensibility and strategy could well apply to your brand.

1 Sept

Social enterprise: How is it making its Mark?

The Social Enterprise Mark’s criteria discriminates against co-operatives, argues Dr Rory Ridley-Duff from Sheffield Hallam University.’s Social Enterprise Vision Will Cost You

Looking beyond CRM, the cloud-computing pioneer says it’s crucial for companies to build a social-network-savvy enterprise. And, oh by the way, there’s a license for that.

Search is on for photographs that capture the social enterprise spirit

Since 2009, the Social Vision photography competition has sought to find pictures that show the unique work of social enterprise and what it can achieve. Social enterprises are businesses with a social or environmental purpose - when they profit, society profits.

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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