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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.

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.

September 2, 2015 Robyn M Simpson – Circus Kathmandu Business profiles

Namaste! Circus Kathmandu bringing smiles to children post-quake.

So much has changed since the terrible earthquakes in Nepal during April and May. But the spirit of collaboration, upon which Circus Kathmandu is founded, has never been stronger. We celebrate resilience and people coming together to learn from each other, to build and re-build and to achieve a common goal.

August 5, 2015 Joanna Winterburn Business profiles

It takes an idea...

Running Deer has been brewing as an idea for over 20 years.  There was something niggling in the back of my psychie telling me that I was supposed to be doing something more than I was. 

Already working in the voluntary and community sector, supporting and helping people in various guises, the majority of my life has been in project development and delivery.  But it wasnt enough.  I was (and still am) driven to achieve more, to make a real difference to peoples lives, to make positive changes and a long lasting legacy.

July 29, 2015 Emily - Matter&Co Data, Business profiles

NatWest SE100 Index highlights thriving social enterprise sector in the North West

The North West has been recognised as a leading region for social enterprises in the UK and is home to many of the top performing social enterprises on the NatWest SE100 Index.

Over the last financial year, the 83 social enterprises on the index that are based in the North West showed an average growth of 9.6%, a total combined turnover of over £717 million and an impressive combined regional profit increase, from £62.9 to £69 million. The top three sectors for profit growth were education and youths (128.1%), health and social care (109.0%) and housing (10.9%).


June 4, 2015 Laura - Aduna Business profiles

Baobab: The Billion Dollar Superfruit!

Aduna is an Africa-inspired health & beauty brand and social business. Our mission is to create demand for under-utilised natural products from small producers in Africa - starting with Baobab, the exceptionally nutrient-dense superfruit of The Tree of Life.

May 7, 2015 Lisa - The Reader Organisation Business profiles, NatWest SE100 Insight

The Reader Organisation: Connecting People with Great Literature at Calderstones Mansion House

The Reader Organisation is an award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature – and connect people through great literature. We’re here to bring books to life, creating welcoming environments wherever we go – prisons, care homes, schools, libraries, community centres, hospitals, workplaces…and many other places besides – where people can have their thoughts, feelings and emotions recognised and valued.

May 1, 2015 Claire - Beith Community Development Trust Business profiles

Soup groups for community wellbeing

Here at Beith Trust our main focus is social impact. We believe that the activities and groups we have on throughout the year improve the community and wellbeing of the individuals and families in the Garnock Valley.

May 1, 2015 Georgina - Bootstrap Company Business profiles

Bootstrap Company: unlocking local potential

Bootstrap Company is a charitable social enterprise, based in the heart of Dalston Hackney. Operational since 1977, Bootstrap exists to support growth of community and enterprise in our locality. By providing affordable work space, enterprise support, networking, and events, Bootstrap, is where community works.

This Saturday, 2nd of May, sees the reopening of our pop summer oasis, Dalston Roof Park, and with all hands on deck to get the space ship shape, it’s nice to take a step back and reflect on, and attempt to explain all we do here at Bootstrap.  So here we go…

May 1, 2015 Alyce, The SE100 Team Business profiles

Growing Places is going places!

In October 2014 I visited Growing Places- a social enterprise nursery part of Realise Futures, last year's SE100 Trailblazing Newcomer.  Growing Places provides excellent theraputic placements growing plants and vegetables for people who are disabled and disadvantaged. 

The SE100 took a flm crew to check out Growing Places and spent a great morning in and out of the polytunnels with the Growing Places staff and gardeners. 

Last week Growing Places announced that they are expanding into new territory as a result of some land being kindly donated by a local business. 

March 6, 2015 Allie Cherry, Sew Can Do SE100 guest bloggers, Business profiles

Sew Can Do are making it happen

Make It Happen is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. And for Edinburgh businesswoman, Allie Cherry, that’s exactly what she did when she was inspired to set up social enterprise Sew Can Do Manufacturing after struggling to find a manufacturer for her vehicle awning business. The social enterprise recently opened for business, creating much needed jobs and training opportunities and bringing contract manufacturing back to Edinburgh. 

November 12, 2014 Lizzie, SE100 Team NatWest SE100 Insight, Business profiles

Marking the WW1 centenary in Liverpool

The next in the series of the RBS SE100 Insight collection on Pioneers Post finds out how a mysterious sea of blazing-red poppies in un-used land in Liverpool brought local communities together to celebrate the WW1 centenary.

Check out Landlife's SE100 profile here

October 23, 2014 Alyce, SE100 team Business profiles

Steady as she grows - A Vision of Britain

Each month Pioneers Post - the online magazine of intelligent journalism for social entrepreneurs - publish the business profile of a SE100 member. This month they talk to A Vision for Britain, a small social enterprise riding the peaks and troughs of business. 

RBS SE100 Insight: Under the Stars

In the latest RBS SE100 Insight business profile social venture Under the Stars talk with Pioneers Post's Ellie Ward about making musical dreams a reality for people with learning difficulties.

A social enterprise on a footie mission

As part of the RBS SE100 Insight Series Pioneers Post talks tactics with SE100 member Target Football CIC.  

You would probably bet against the odds of success that together an Everton supporter and a Liverpool FC supporter could create a thriving social venture tackling youth exclusion through football. But you’d be wrong.

The world's strongest social entrepreneur

As part of the RBS SE100 Insight Series, Pioneers Post has interviewed SE100 Index member, Ask Big Dave CIC – currently the fastest-growing social enterprise in the West Midlands and ninth in the Index overall.

March 28, 2014

From Neal's Yard to construction yard

From Neal’s Yard to construction yard: The RBS SE100 Insight series brings you Andrew Purvis, CEO of K10, an RBS SE100 member with big ambitions.

In the latest from the RBS SE100 Insight Series CEO of K10 (previously REDS10) talks to Sophie Hudson from Pioneers Post about his journey from helming organic skincare business Neal’s Yard Remedies, to donning his hard hat with construction site apprentices at the Olympic Park.

September 23, 2013

SE100 Portraits: A taste of success

With a million pound turnover plus accountability and control embedded in the heart of the community they serve, Whole School Meals (WSM), a Kent-based social enterprise now feeds thousands of school children every day. 

September 4, 2013

SE100 Portraits: Green social enterprise

From inner city Bradford to rural East Anglia ambitious environmental projects are bringing communities together as well as delivering a triple bottom line. We talk to two social enterprises about why being part of the SE100 is important to them.

August 28, 2013

SE100 Portraits: Chimes of success for spin-out

The Right to Request scheme provided a rare opportunity for a group of audiologists to do things differently. They created Chime Audiology, an NHS spin-out that uses business principles to provide high quality patient care. CEO Jonathan Parsons tells us of his ambitious plans.