Posts about Social Enterprise

Social enterprise’s childcare boosts prospects for Valleys’ families

It’s been suggested, in recent research, that improving the quality of early-years childcare provision can boost the life chances of children living in poverty. Thinking about it, wouldn’t that also enable parents to seek employment opportunities that were previously difficult to take on? Also, wouldn’t such services create jobs in their own right? This is […]

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A Personal View of Co-operative Development in Wales

From Glenn Bowen, Director of Enterprise at Wales Co-operative Centre 2017 is a milestone for me as it marks 20 years of involvement in the co-operative movement in Wales. I joined the Wales Co-operative Centre as a development worker in January 1997, fresh out of university with my business degree. I had gone through all […]

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Is social business the stuff of fairy tales?

Today is Social Enterprise Day in the UK…but what exactly is social enterprise, and why does it need its own ‘hashtagged’ awareness day? To be honest, up until a few months ago, I had very little understanding of social enterprise, and could not have told you how a social business differs from other business models. […]

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Ones to watch show promise but market advice to be heeded

From Jeremy Bowen Rees, Landsker Business Solutions Landsker was delighted to sponsor the One to Watch category at the recent Social Business Wales Awards, the 4th year running we have supported the event. This signifies how important we believe them to be in recognising the contribution that social businesses make to the Welsh economy and […]

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Swansea company boldly goes where no social enterprise has gone before

Swansea based Red Dragon Flagmakers continue to punch above their weight as they have received confirmation that they have been awarded the contract to supply traditional sewn flags to the European Space Agency. Re-launched as a not for profit and social enterprise flagmaker in January 2014, Red Dragon Flagmakers continues to go from strength to […]

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Governance in a turn-around

From Mark White, business consultant specialising in social businesses Article originally published at http://www.broomfield.co.uk/2016/07/governance-in-a-turn-around/ I recently heard the founder of a social enterprise complain that “governance gets in the way of doing business”. Her basis for this claim was that she had to get board permission for everything. I fundamentally disagree. Good governance drives successful charities. […]

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Welsh Government announce Business Confidence Plan

Welsh Government has this week announced a Business Confidence Plan to boost business confidence following the EU referendum. The business community is already expressing concerns as a result of the unprecedented challenges that lie ahead. If public bodies and big businesses delay spending decisions or if banks tighten their lending requirements, then there will be […]

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A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway – don’t miss your chance to be part of it.

A major survey of social businesses in Wales is about to get underway. Don’t miss your chance to be part of it. In 2014, Wales Co-operative Centre commissioned a directory of social businesses in Wales and the production of a report ‘Social Businesses in Wales: The State of the Sector’. The report highlighted that social […]

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Wrexham businesses work together to earn Social Enterprise Place status

From Alison Hill, Chief Officer, Caia Park Partnership Wrexham recently achieved Social Enterprise Place Status.  This was the culmination of 18 months’ work undertaken by a diverse group of social enterprises all based in or delivering services in Wrexham.  I organised an initial meeting inviting all the enterprises I knew of to see if they […]

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Why Llandudno’s social enterprise approach could produce tomorrow’s football stars

As excitement builds for the Euro 2016 football championships in France, with Wales in its first major tournament for nearly 60 years, the next generation of Welsh talent could come from Llandudno, where a social enterprise approach is achieving its goals(!) The club, which enjoyed a successful first season in the Welsh Premier League, qualifying […]

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