Bunking off at the back of the class: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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I shouldn’t really be writing this right now as I’m currently sat at the back of our Working with Corporates workshop and I’m supposed to be taking notes so that I can write a blog about it. Sneak preview: it’s an excellent course and you should definitely come on it.

If you happen to be reading this while you are in the workshop, tut tut, you should be paying attention. I’m going to tell on you.

Have a good weekend, and enjoy this week’s news.


The Lottery funded Power to Change programme has reopened for applications to its Initial Grants Programme. Grants (remember those?) are available “to help existing
community businesses that are in a position to significantly improve their long-term
sustainability within six months of receiving a grant”. Get applying!

Further funding is available from the Global Fund For Women to organisations “that advance the human rights of women and girls”. First time grants are usually in the region of $5,000 to $13,000 per year.

CEO’s Shouldn’t Fake Heart Attacks” sounds like jolly sensible advice to me. Although this article is written from the perspective of a technology company there’s a lot of good stuff in there about the relationship between a Chief Exec and a board.

Further words of wisdom from the Stanford Social Innovation Review as they ask if you are Ready to Scale Fast? Are You Sure? (No, it’s Friday. Leave me alone. The only thing I’m ready to do fast is go to the pub).

Over on Pioneers Post, Phil Caroe asks the million dollar question: “What is social investment?“. (If you read the article and you still aren’t sure, come along to our Unlocking Social Investment workshop on October 21st; I added the speaker details to our website this week.)

SSE North West student Amy Win is hosting ‘Social Enterprise Sanctuary‘ in Manchester on September 23rd. It’s a free all-day event to help you to unwind, relax and connect with like-minded individuals involved with social enterprise in Manchester.

Job alert number one: Social Spider, founded by SSE Fellow David Floyd, are looking for a business manager for the Waltham Forest Echo, an independent community newspaper for the borough. Closing date is next Friday, the 18th.

Job alert number two: Homeless charity Crisis is looking for an exceptional manager to lead its social enterprise cafe in East London. The right person for this role will be delivering a successful training programme that contributes to Crisis’s aims of ending homelessness whilst ensuring successful financial results are achieved.  Details on their job board.

Job alert number three, four and five: We’re after a new Network Director in London, a new PA to the CEO (also in London) and a Learning Manager in Dartington. Further details here.

Finally, did you know that we have our very own Youtube channel? If not, check it out: there are loads of useful pointers from social entrepreneurs in our ‘Witness Sessions‘ series.

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