Posts about Social Enterprise

Leading re-use social enterprise awarded £500,000 to open new base in the Valleys

Toogoodtowaste is thrilled to announce that it has been successful with its application to the Big Lottery People and Places Fund, and has secured a grant of £500,000 to open a showroom, workshops and community space in Treorchy. Nearly three years ago the social enterprise purchased the Former Education Centre on Horeb Street, in the […]

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Prosperity for All: the role of social businesses in the new national strategy

  This week, Welsh Government published its national strategy to deliver its key priorities for the rest of the Assembly term. It sets out commitments and actions aimed at creating prosperity for all and improving well-being in Wales. In this blog we highlight key points from the new strategy, explore how social businesses can help […]

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Is Employee Ownership the Golden Ticket?

On Roald Dahl Day, we discuss what Willy Wonka should have done with the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl is one of my all time favourite authors; I’ve loved him since I was a little girl. I have many fond memories of my brother and I sitting on our parents’ bed in our pyjamas, enraptured, as my […]

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We want your views – small business rates relief scheme for Wales

  In April 2018, Welsh Government will introduce a permanent new rates relief scheme for small businesses. They are now seeking views on these proposals. We’ve summarised the main proposals and our thoughts on some of these below. If you’re a social business working in Wales, we’d be grateful for your views on these proposals […]

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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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