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Halfway to the airport: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

A bit of a rush job this week. I’m off to Morocco tomorrow, so need to allocate the bulk of today to more important matters: thinking of a witty out of office message to stick on my email and then doing my online check-in. If anyone has any useful suggestions for how to keep a nine month old baby entertained during a 3 hour flight they would be gratefully received, apparently industrial strength tranquilisers are frowned upon…

No HIGSENFY next week, see you in couple of weeks.


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“A waste of bandwidth”: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

When people unsubscribe from this newsletter (it does happen) they occasionally leave a little note explaining why which then gets sent to my inbox. “Total drivel, what a waste of bandwidth“, for example. “Irrelevant prattle” comments another. “I do not like the tone and style of these emails.  It is not sensible but over-enthusiastic and rather adolescent.” All perfectly reasonable. If anything, describing this as adolescent, irrelevant prattle is better feedback than I’d expect.

But one comment puzzled me. “Too much news” complained one former reader. Too much news in a newsletter. Hmmm. Isn’t that a bit like saying that there is too much pay in a pay check, or too much beer in a beer garden? Anyway, it’s a good thing that they no longer subscribe because there’s an absolute shed load of stuff this week.

Enjoy your weekend


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Starting a Social Enterprise – a presentation

Slides from a presentation on ‘Starting a Social Enterprise’ delivered by SSE at the City Business Library on 1st March 2017 and at Goldsmiths University on 6th March 2017.

Some of the resources mentioned during the presentation:

General support 

Legal Structures 


Working you up nicely for the weekend: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Yep, I’ve resorted to Pete Tong catchphrases for a subject line. How has you week been? I’ve had better, I’ve had worse. It’s been one of those. But the sun is out, it’s nearly the end of the working week and I have a glorious weekend with no plans ahead of me. The possibilities are endless. (I will of course end up doing nothing worthwhile. That’s how these things work).

A good selection of news this week, hopefully there’s something of interest in there for you.

Enjoy your weekend!


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More productive than ever before: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

The entire SSE team is working from home today as we are having a new phone system installed in the office (it’s rumoured that our current arrangement was used by Alexander Graham Bell to make the first ever phone call). I will of course be following standard working from home operating procedure:

  • 8:00am: send a whole office email to make it look like I’ve started work early.
  • 8.01am – 5.59pm: watch TV, have a two hour pub lunch, play a round of golf.
  • 6:00pm: send a whole office email to make it look like I’ve finished work late.
  • Monday morning: have conversation with colleagues about how it’s so much more productive working from home because I can really concentrate on getting things done.

Don’t pretend that you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Enjoy this week’s news, I’m off to work on my putting…*


*Note to bosses: I am of course joking. I can’t practise my putting while watching Jeremy Kyle.

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