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October 13, 2017 Emma Williams Event & Awards

The WISE100: Announced!

Last night we were really proud to launch the WISE100 celebrating 100 fantastic women leaders in social enterprise, impact investment and social innovation. The event had a wonderful atmosphere with these leading social change-makers sharing their stories and advice about how to make it to the top (see the hashtag #WISE100 on Twitter for more).

The Spotlight 10
We asked a panel of industry leaders to select 10 women from our list of 100 to ‘spotlight’ for the launch of the WISE100.

July 31, 2017 Adrian Holle Event & Awards

Introducing Good Stories 2017!

Good Stories is an upcoming marketing and communications conference for social enterprises, charities and socially minded businesses, in London on the 6th September!

It’s a brilliant opportunity to learn more about how you can use marketing and communications to build a successful social business, as well as catch up with your peers, see what’s going on a across the industry and find new business opportunities.

July 26, 2017 Adrian Holle Event & Awards

Nominations are open for the NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards!

The nomination period for the NatWest SE100 awards, a leading UK awards programme for social enterprises, begins now. The awards will go to a mixture of social enterprises across the country to celebrate excellence in various areas.  

All charities, social enterprises and responsible businesses on the SE100 index will be judged in categories for awards such as Growth, Impact and Trailblazing Newcomer. Charities can also nominate themselves for the Resilience or Storyteller awards, or an individual for the Leadership award. 

June 1, 2017 Emma Williams Business profiles

Good Finance website launches!

We’ve known for a long time that social investment can seem both complex and inaccessible to the very organisations it’s seeking to serve.

That’s why I’m delighted to announce that the NatWest SE100 Index is a proud partner of Good Finance - a website to help charities and social enterprises navigate the world of social investment.

Biggest survey of UK social enterprises reveals outstanding growth and almost £1bn of profits

The seventh annual NatWest SE100 Data Report for UK social enterprises is being launched today at the Beyond Good Business Conference in London.

May 12, 2017 Emma Williams SE100 news & updates

WISE100 nominations go live!

Nominations for the first NatWest WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise) have today opened to recognise 100 leading women in social enterprise. Created by the NatWest SE100 Index, the WISE100 highlights the leading role of women in the social enterprise sector.

March 29, 2017 Emma Williams SE100 news & updates

Introducing the WISE100

In the UK, 40% of social enterprises are led by women, in comparison with just 6% of the companies on the FTSE100. The social sector is undoubtedly a forward thinking one when it comes to gender equality, supporting a diverse and inclusive leadership that is sure to benefit both business and society. There is still however, more that can be done.

March 16, 2017 Emma Williams Event & Awards

NatWest SE100 Leadership Event, Edinburgh

Last week saw us host our third annual Leadership event for the winners and shortlisted organisations from this year’s NatWest SE100 Awards, at the RBS Business School in Edinburgh.

March 16, 2017 Emma Williams Event & Awards

SE100 Awards Ceremony - Winners Announced!

The 7th annual NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards took place in London on 19 January 2017. Hosted at the RBS building on Bishopsgate, guests were treated to a drinks reception before the ceremony got underway. Two UK government representatives - Rushanara Ali, Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and Colleen Ebbitt, Senior policy advisor at the Inclusive Economy Unit - joined us to speak of the importance of social enterprise to the UK economy and to deliver awards.

December 13, 2016 Joe Tyler

On Trying to be a Philosopher

Joe Tyler, a philosopher and teacher with The Philosophy Foundation, tells his story of going from philosophy undergraduate to fully fledged philosopher in schools and the office.

November 14, 2016 Lucy James Event & Awards

NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards shortlist for 2016/17 announced!

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016/17 NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards.

Revealed last night at the annual Good Deals social investment conference, a total of 26 organisations have been shortlisted, celebrating the most inspiring and effective social enterprise leaders, and the strength, impact and resilience of the sector in the UK.

September 22, 2016 Dirk Bischof SE100 news & updates

The end of the unicorn, long live the cockroach

The Chicago Tribune decried the end of the unicorn, being Evernote in this case, as something we ought to take notice of. Are valuations of tech companies in bubble territory? Possibly but not necessarily if, as in the case of Amazon, enough market share is captured in the growth stage with monetisation of products or services being switched on over time.

September 12, 2016 Andrea Gamson SE100 guest bloggers

The social entrepreneurs who still don't know they are social entrepreneurs

It's very common for a volunteer to join us on our mission to tackle global poverty, and to say "my client doesn't know about social enterprise" and wonder what the hell they are doing on a social enterprise volunteer programme! So we find ourselves backing up defensively at the start of every programme, to explain a little something about this.

Believe it or not - social enterprise, or the concept / term, at least - is still relatively new around the world. Especially in some of the world's poorest or hard to reach places.

Agent Academy: A case for kindness

I have spent a lot of time over the years reading and understanding the science behind why a very direct road to personal happiness is to help others. I have enjoyed the happiness felt when I have put myself out for another and also noted the how slowly and subtly this can slip away as I become more introverted and selfish in my thinking and doing. As a practicing Nichiren Buddhist though it is my responsibility to approach life with this outward looking view.

August 1, 2016 Maria Peters Event & Awards

Devon Community Foundation Award

Sound Gallery CIC is pleased to announce that our application to the Devon Community Foundation has been successful and that we have been awarded £2,000 from The Wace Family. Our project is aimed at personal development and employability training for young people at risk of social isolation living in East Devon and Exeter, giving them an insight into careers in the music industry, helping to raise aspirations and open a new world of opportunity.
The outcomes of our project are:
to increase skills and/or knowledge
to reduce isolation
to increase confidence

September 22, 2016 Dirk Bischof Event & Awards, SE100 guest bloggers

Why run 'another' startup event in London...

...was a question we recently got asked on social media as we promoted South London's biggest startup event, Startup Brixton.

The short answer - because we wanted to. And below, the long answer. For the last 2 years we've worked tirelessly at Hatch to support young entrepreneurs and those looking to start a social enterprise get it off the ground. We've worked with over 100 entrepreneurs to test and grow their ventures.

April 15, 2016 Simon Dean Event & Awards

Challenger Troop wins High Sheriff Award

Challenger Troop wins High Sheriff Award

Challenger Troop CIC is delighted to announce that it is the proud recipient of a High Sheriff Award. At the prestigious annual High Sheriff Awards ceremony on 10th March at County Hall, Maidstone, organized in conjunction with the Kent Community Foundation, the High Sheriff William Alexander honoured Challenger Troop CIC, along with 8 other organisations, for benefiting their communities and dedicating their work to improving the lives of others.

March 10, 2016 Georgina Clarke, Business Manager Event & Awards, Data, Business profiles

Empowering people to take control of their health and wellbeing

In 2012 we were commissioned by Halton CCG to design and develop a social model of health called ‘Community Wellbeing Practices’ that would integrate with all 17 GP practices in the borough. The model has three domains: community navigation; social prescribing and asset based community development approaches. A team of non-medical Community Wellbeing Officers work between the GP practices and the wider community and support patients who have been referred by their clinician (or self-referral) because social problems are causing or exacerbating their health problems.

March 1, 2016 Simon Dean SE100 guest bloggers

Is our UK Youth ready for the adventure ahead?

We have engaged over 30,000 young people to date, because we have a passion for developing our countries youth with "essential life skills" and believe in equal life chances for all our young people. This is based on my own personal journey, difficulties at school, loss of family and having to learn very quickly that if you are going to achieve anything in life, you have to have the confidence, resilience and self belief that you can.

Dragons Handover Old Kits to Wirral Evolutions

The North Wales Dragons have had the distinct pleasure of handing over our old unused kits to Wirral Evolutions, a team of disadvantaged adults who were ever so grateful for our contribution.

The handover was held at a fundraiser held at the Heswall Centre, Wirral to Ex-Liverpool & England footballer Mark Wright and his wife Sue, who expressed their gratitude that the Dragons have supported them in this way.