Whinge whinge whinge: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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I’m knackered today and I’ve got a cold. It’s about my eleventh illness this winter. I knew that having a baby would be pretty exhausting but I didn’t know that babies act as some sort of germ transceiver, receiving and transmitting illness everywhere they go. It wasn’t in the book I read. People keep saying ‘just wait until he gets to nursery’ to me with a wry smile, as if I might as well just start eating off the floor. So this weekend, I’m off to buy a HazMat suit in preparation…

Enjoy this week’s news.

@davemcglashan


It’s the last day to pick up an early-bird place on our Replication and Social Franchising course, which starts on 21st February. I was looking through the programme and it looks great – we’ve got speakers from McDonalds, the Samaritans, International Centre for Social Franchising, Citizen Coaching and many many more. Book your place here.


Remember 2016? (People kept talking about it being the worst year ever. Let’s see…). Anyway, at the end of the year I asked people to complete our annual training survey and the results are in. For the first time since 2012, Measuring Social Impact has been usurped as the course that most people would pay for training on. Find out what has replaced it here.


Is your organisation based within 5 miles of a significant Biffa operation or within 10 miles of an active Biffa landfill site? What do you mean you don’t know? I can tell you that the School for Social Entrepreneurs is exactly 3.36 miles from Biffa’s Central London Depot in Wandsworth, meaning that we could qualify for a grant of between £10,000 and £75,000 from them. Check if you are eligible here.


People that like to talk about social investment (there are some, I promise you) often talk about the disconnect between the amount of money that social enterprises want to borrow (small) and the amount that social investors are able to invest (big). To help address this issue, Big Issue Invest have just launched Impact Loans England, a new scheme offering loans of between £20,000 and £150,000.


Congratulations to SSE Fellow Turly Humphries, whose organisation Circle Collective hosted an event at Lewisham Shopping Centre to celebrate the success of a partnership between Circle Collective and Land Securities as well the graduation of 15 young people who have successfully completed a ‘Get Employed’ training course. You can read more about the event here.


Postcode Lottery Trust are accepting applications for grants of £500 – £20,000 from charities and social enterprises that ‘ support wildlife areas, sustainability initiatives, local indoor and outdoor spaces and citizenship (local volunteering projects)’. All the details here.


Some chap called Will (of The People – I’m guessing he’s a journalist who writes for them) has decided that Brexit is a sensible and by no means ridiculous route for the country to pursue. NCVO have taken a look at how the voluntary sector can prepare for the impending mayhem.


Some job opportunities – the Community Food Growers Network are looking for a part time social enterprise worker to support the Network in developing the skills and capacity of members to be more sustainable, resilient and entrepreneurial. Further details here.

Elsewhere, SSE Fellow Yvonne Farquharson has two vacancies within her organisation Breathe Arts Health Research – a Project Coordinator for the Breathe Magic Programme and a part-time coordinator to assist on their Performing Arts Programme. You can download details for both here.


Finally, City University and Queen Mary University London are hosting a week long Social Enterprise Festival from the 17th – 24th February. It’s open to anyone interested in social enterprise and offers workshops, lectures and a social enterprise market.

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Not messing around: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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This is going to be a very brief edition of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You. I’m writing it at 9pm on Thursday in a hotel bar in Manchester and to be honest there are other things I need to do. Build a survival shelter. Plan the revolution. Go for a pint. So let’s go, quickfire style.

@davemcglashan

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It’s snow joke: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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I grew up in the country, a particular highlight of which was a snowy day. You’d wake up, turn on the local radio and anxiously wait to see if your school was one of the ones that they read out as being closed for the day. If it was, I swear it was better than Christmas.

So it was with great excitement that I went to bed last night. “Thundersnow” screamed the news. “Yellow warnings across London” cried the weather. Fantastic, I thought. There’s no way I’m going to be able to go into work tomorrow.

IMAGINE MY HORROR THIS MORNING. There is absolutely no snow on the ground in London. Not a single flake. So instead of building a snowman or throwing snowballs in the park, here I am, at my desk, writing this week’s news. Enjoy…

Have a good weekend.

@davemcglashan

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Predicting nothing: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

Welcome to 2017. It’s customary at this juncture to offer a series of predictions for the year ahead, but if 2016 taught us anything it’s that predictions are worthless and that the world is just a collection of random and bizarre events over which we seemingly have very little control. It’s a bit like living in Grand Theft Auto. So I will be offering no predictions, instead wishing you a prosperous year ahead.

Enjoy this week’s news, and have a good weekend.

@davemcglashan

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