This week’s social enterprise roundup…

by David McGlashan

Hurray! The sun is shining (finally).  Here are a whole host of useful things that I’ve seen on the web this week- read them outside and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

1.  The Growing Pains of Successful Social Entrepreneurs

Interesting post looking at challenges overcome by PEAS, a social enterprise working in sub-Saharan Africa backed by the Venture Partnership Foundation.

2The ‘Overhead Myth’, transparency, and AfriKids

Great article from the Afrikids blog which builds on a campaign in America to re-examine the way charity performance is measured.

3.  Social enterprises require help to improve marketing

Nick Temple of SEUK (and formerly of this parish) argues that more time, resource and support needs to be focused on getting social enterprises’ products and services into the market.

4.  Social Impact Consulting: Social Enterprise Training Survey

Complete the survey about your training needs and you could win an ipad.

5. Social Enterprise Question Time

We’ve teamed up with Social Spider to bring you Social Enterprise Question Time, a new series of events examining aspects of social enterprise.  The first one looks at the Social Value Act – it’s on July 24th and it’s free.  Tickets remain but are going quickly.

6.  Five reasons social enterprises fail: from obsessive founders to ‘perfect’ plans

Posted on the Guardian Social Enterprise Network by Matthew Cain, who also writes at

Seen something that you think could be useful?  Pop me a tweet @schsocent or @davemcglashan and I’ll add it to the blog next week.

This post is by SSE’s Enterprise Officer, David McGlashan. You can follow him on Twitter @davemcglashan

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