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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.

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.

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.

August 21, 2015 Yousif Farah SE100 guest bloggers

My journey with Poached Creative

Poached Creative is a social enterprise communications agency, that puts creative jobs in reach for disadvantaged people. As their Volunteer Press Officer I can speak firsthand of how they make a positive impact on people's lives. 

August 18, 2015 Michelle Langan SE100 guest bloggers

No Place Like Home

It has been just 8 months since The Story Arc came to life, but already we feel like we are having impact and building great relationships within the community. Liverpool is known for being a city of kindness an generosity, and we hope to share that message through the stories that we bring to life.

Top 5 tips to help your social enterprise succeed

For those new to networking, it can be daunting to walk into a room full of people and essentially tell them why you are great.


So it was refreshing for us at Yellow Jigsaw to be introduced to like-minded organisations at a new networking event set up in partnership with Oldham Social Enterprise Network (OSEN), UnLtd, Voluntary Action Oldham (VAO) and the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO).


May 12, 2015 Lisa Marie Brown SE100 guest bloggers

Fast Growth

The last six months growing a business have been a roller coaster ride. Pinkspiration works in the construction industry, re-building empty spaces whilst upskilling young people on Transforming Spaces: Design Factor featured on BBC. I’m proud to be the founder of Pinkspiration, which is my dream job as I have a passion for the construction industry, education and training young people.

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 26, 2014 Eddie Wilkinson, Ditto SE100 guest bloggers

How sharing a business model can create success for start-ups

Global Entrepreneurship Week was the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

Sharing business models is one way of making the start-up journey easier. And for some aspiring social entrepreneurs this is already happening through Scottish social enterprise development agency Firstport’s replication product ‘Ditto’.

November 20, 2014 Rachel Huggett, Zoofish Arts SE100 guest bloggers

Creating the SE100 awards - with artist, Rachel Huggett

The 2014 RBS SE100 Awards were beautifully made by artist, Rachel Huggett. As well as her own work teaching art workshops and public commissions, Rachel co-founded Zoofish Arts CIC. Zoofish Arts is a social enterprise that uses arts and environment based projects to work wih disability and disadvantaged communities.

October 15, 2014 Ian Findlay, Beyond the Finish Line SE100 guest bloggers

The Key to Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Hard-work, Collaboration and Social Enterprises

Beyond The Finish Line (BTFL) was established to leave a lasting legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  Using the momentum of Games and the imagination of Glasgow’s young people, the project challenged 16 to 30 year olds to find social enterprise solutions to the widespread issue of high street and town centre decline.

October 13, 2014 Kirstie Penman, Firstport SE100 guest bloggers

What is Social Enterprise?

What does social enterprise really mean? The concept has been around since the late 1970s and debated about since then. Guest blogger, Kirstie Penman from Firstport in Scotland, discusses what in her opinion is really meant by 'social enterprise'.

You can listen to more opinion on the term 'social enterprise' by listening to the Pioneers Post podcast from Skoll's Pamela Hartigan, recorded ealier in the year at the RBS SE100 Insight event. 

October 6, 2014 Stina Porter – Shared Interest SE100 guest bloggers

Using professional photography in your communications: How beautiful images can capture hearts

Storyteller Award Shortlisted organisation Shared Interest tell us how we can capture interest with a catchy headline; touch someone with a standout quote, but it is only with the use of imagery that we can really capture the heart.

October 3, 2014 Steven Dale, Go4 Enterprises SE100 guest bloggers

Go4th and be socially enterprising!

GO4 Enterprises is a social enterprise in Colchester, Essex that works with individuals who are unemployed. They are currently number 20 on the Growth Index and have an impact measurement score of 9/10. 

September 30, 2014 Naveed R. Parvez SE100 guest bloggers

Funding, Hyperbole, and Baubles

Andiamo joined the Index this year. They create fully customised orthotics for children using 3D printers- cutting waiting times for patients from 6 months to 48 hours. Their humorous but serious blog piece challenges social venture startups to address the big problems. 

September 30, 2014 Cosmic SE100 guest bloggers

Employability and skills

Are you employable? Do you have the right skills to get the job you want? Social enterprise Cosmic share with us their experience of employing apprentices and their concerns that employers aren't doing enough to harness the talent of local young people. 

September 24, 2014 The Phone Co-op SE100 guest bloggers

Together we’re stronger: the power of social enterprises

This week's guest blog post comes from SE100 member, The Phone Co-op. The Phone Co-op is an independent consumer co-operative based in Manchester, Chipping Norton and London. It is the only telecoms provider in the UK that is owned and run by its customers. 

September 16, 2014 On Purpose SE100 guest bloggers

Want a job with a purpose?

On Purpose is a leadership programme that helps kickstart the careers of professionals who want to transition into social enterprise. Read this Q&A with previous On Purpose fellow David Bartram who talks about his move from The City into social business. The applications for their 2015 programme are now open. 

August 26, 2014 Ben Ward, World Jungle SE100 guest bloggers

'Sharing the best of our World' at WOMAD 2014

'Sharing the best of our World' is the core value of Award-Winning social enterprise, World Jungle. With African Dance & Drumming, a cardboard city and trashion fashion, running week-long activities for children at WOMAD festival 2014 was no small task! Co-founder of World Jungle, Ben Ward, reveals how their core value of 'sharing' came shining through at WOMAD 2014.