Friday is usually a reason to be cheerful, but I’m heading to the dentist this afternoon to have a crown fitted. Snakes, wooden lollipop sticks and going to the dentist make up the list of three things I most dislike, so this week’s news is coming to you tinged with fear…
- We’re heading north of the border for some Scottish news to kick things off. Vote yes! Vote no! Duncan Thorp of Social Enterprise Scotland takes a look at what might happen after the referendum: Social enterprise and Scotland’s future.
- Robertson Trust are offering sports enterprises in Scotland up to £30k from its Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund to employ a Business Development Officer.
- The Scottish Parliament have been taking steps to ensure that social enterprises can have greater success in the government’s procurement process.
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- Right at the other end of the country, SSE Hampshire fellow Steve Bomford and SSE North West fellow Rachel Owen have been hobnobbing with the Prime Minister at Downing Street. Their organisation Company of Makers provide recycling workshops for Veterans in the Portsmouth area.
- This is really cool, and a great example of one of this year’s big buzz-phrases, ‘the circular economy’. A social enterprise based in Vancouver have managed to 3D print a wrench from plastic taken from the ocean. I’ve always wondered what happens if you 3d print a 3d printer.
- Big Society Capital have put together the Dos and Don’ts of Pitching for Social Finance. Part One is the Dos and Part Two is the Don’ts.
- RSA have done a lot of work over the last 6 months or so supporting social entrepreneurs to run crowdfunding campaigns and have put together a blog of their work to date.
- If you feel like getting involved with a crowdfunding campaign, current SSE London student Maria Brilliante is raising money to deliver a 4 day photo advocacy workshop in the Philippines. The workshop will empower youth in the country to advocate against child poverty. Well worth a donation.
- Two new posts elsewhere on our blog – Tom Ravenscroft of Enabling Enterprise has written 5 Ideas for Teachers and Adult Trainers, and Florence Norman of Sweet Cavanagh has reflected on her year so far at SSE.
- This snuck passed me last week but it’s well worth including – Chairman of Big Issue and CEO of Big Issue Invest (and regular speaker at SSE) Nigel Kershaw has been sharing his social impact insights.
- Our next one day workshop is Sources of Funding, on September 17th. About half the places have gone, so you should book relatively soon if you’d like to come along.
Have a good week!