New Anglia LEP secures £3.9 million for business support
Monies will support 1,000 businesses, create 200 business start-ups and create 200 new jobs
What can Big Issue Invest offer you?
Are you a Social Enterprise or Charity looking for finance from £50,000 to £1,000,000?
Social Enterprise Celebrates its 1st Anniversary
Realise Futures CIC has gone from strength to strength, with a turnover of £16million, employing 370 staff in four business divisions over six Eastern counties. Read about their first year...
Crowdfunding- What is it all about?
According to a report published by Nesta in May, crowdfunding in the UK generated approximately £200 million in 2012.
Managing your finance-some advice...
Deborah Short and Richard Jones from Pilot Fish offer advice on financial management for small and medium sized enterprises.
How to tweet your way to event success
How to tweet your way to event success: KISS Communications' top tips for online engagement.
Benefits of a networking organisation
An interesting blog from one of our members.......................
Can Finance Meet Social Need
In a recently co-authored paper "Can Social Finance Meet Social Need?" Robbie Davidson, Director of Can Cook CIC and Helen Heap an independent Social Investment anallst question whether currently available social finance models are fit for purpose to fund community-based social enterprises.
Social enterprise: innovation in public service delivery
Ben higham (SEEE Chair) asks.... Has the opportunity for social enterprises to deliver 'public services' provided a platform for development, improvement and innovation?
Mid Summer Birthday Celebration and Launch for Leading Lives
Customers, family carers and staff in Bury celebrate Leading Lives first birthday
Press Release - Local businesswoman speaks at LLP, Spin Outs in Development Network Event, London
Sarah Sharlott, Realise Futures CEO presents at the Spin-Outs in Development Network Event, London
Glowing Report for Wenta as they retain Customer First Accreditation
Wenta has proudly retained the National Standard for Customer Service following their recent assessment by Customer First.
From best kept secret to thought-leader
From best kept secret to thought-leader: KISS PR's tips for making the transition and raising your profile
Are you your own worst enemy?? (1)
Much talked about in the last six months and what is jargon to some, also happens to be one of our most effective services for ambitious social enterprises that want to grow; do more, access new markets, develop new services..................
Social Enterprise Open Evening
Social Enterprise Open Evening in Hertfordshire showcasing two new social enterprises being launched by CRI, was attended by over 100 people on June 5th.
The resilience of Social Enterprises
The resilience of Social Enteprises
Ben Higham (SEEE Chair) talks to some survivors about opportunities and challenges
Realise Futures meets PM
SEEE member Realise Futures visits Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.
Cash Grant Fund for Business Launches in Suffolk
The £3m fund provides cash grants to businesses, of between £25,000 and £100,000 for companies looking to expand their operations and create new jobs.
My Social Return on Investment experience
SEEE asked John lanagan, Learning and Enterprise Manager at Museum of East Anglia Life about his Social Return on Investment Experience.
Prize Challenge fund
Challenge laid down for Voluntary and Social Enterprise sector - LEP agrees to finance new Prize Challenge Fund.
The 'only pub in the village'
The Norton is a community pub run by a group of volunteers. The North is 'the only pub in the village' and is therefore a valuable asset to the community. Read how communty shares helped them save the pub.
Social Enterprise visits Russia
Suffolk Social Enterprise - Realise Futures CIC makes it to Moscow!
Getting media coverage is important for your social enterprise, but it’s important for the sector too (1)
A survey recently published by the Key Fund found that social enterprise was not on many people's radars.......read more here
Top LinkedIn tips and tricks for social enterprises from Laura Brown, Social Media Manager at KISS Public Relations
Learn about the fastest growing professional networking site - LinkedIn.
How to promote your enterprise for less than the cost of a book of stamps
A beautiful example of how you can raise your enterprises' profile without spending money.
Belinda Bell's take on Mutuals!
It was great to attend SEEE's 'Business as Mutual' event recently. I like mutuals a lot.
Belinda Bell is a consultant providing support to all kinds of social businesse email@example.com
Big Society Capital Roadshow
Big Society Capital Roadshow came to Cambridge on 20 October 2012. Presentations attached to help your understanding of social investment.
Business Lending: This Money Must be Used
Foundation East Business Lending boosted and must be used!!
Co-habiting with other elephants
Chris Lee, former SEEE staff member, talks to a SEEE member about co-location in Hertfordshire.
A Question of Scale
What's the right size for your enterprise? I don't mean turnover, in this case I'm talking about the number of people who work in it on a paid basis. This is not to under-estimate the sweated labour of volunteers but that's a variable not easily built into a business plan.
Avoiding tyre-kickers and cheese-munchers
If the find you have a lot of enquiries from customers you can't help, the fault may be with you, not them...
Housing Associations and Social Enterprise
Housing associations are one of the most successful social enterprise sectors in the UK.....
ICRF and Jeff - It's growing
Locality has been asked to provide development support as part of the newly announced investment and Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF). Jeff thinks its 'growing pretty well!
Cost, price and sustainability
You're probably paying too much for products and services you buy, and not charging enough for those you sell. That's never good for business ...
Embracing risk and failure
We don't need to be told that these are hard times to be running businesses. But what are the implications for social enterprises trying to demonstrate a better way of doing business by doing things differently - will we have to stop experimenting?...
Social enterprise is in the spotlight. In its first 12 months the current government arguably raised the profile of social enterprise higher that the previous administration through 12 years of solid support. But it's a dangerous place to be...
Marketing Your Assets
A prosperous and vibrant social enterprise sector.
We want to place social enterprises and their support needs at the centre of a changing agenda.
SEEE Member BigBarn uses CrowdCube to raise investment.
New way for uk entrepreneurs and business pioneers to raise business finance...
Social entrepreneurship and the co-operative ethos
How does the individualistic style of the social entrepreneur sit alongside the inclusive, co-operative ethos of most social enterprises?
Social impact measurement conundrums
Social impact measurement is not new, but it is increasingly being talked about to show value when competing for public service contracts. Easier said than done ...
Social Value Act
Proving your social value - use the Social Enterprise Mark! Anne Mountkjoy from the Social Enteprise Mark attended SE UK's Social Value Conference recently, designed to help public bodies and social enterprises prepare for the commencement of the Public Services (Social Value) Act in January 2013.
Support and social enterprise (1)
Do social enterprises need support?
Do any businesses need support?
What support is needed?
Who should provide it?
Who should pay for it?
Telling the story behind the product
Should you tell the story behind your products? Opinion is divided ...
The value of learning
In the current economic climate, the days of free training courses may be numbered. If this has the effect of increasing the perceived value of learning, there could be a positive impact...
Volunteers, social enterprise and sustainability
If social enterprise is about paid employment, is there a role for volunteers?
What's in a membership?
As I consider the proposition that you renew or take out a membership of SEEE I am
wondering why would you do so? I ask myself what is in it for you?