NatWest WISE100 highlights women's leading role in social enterprise sector
Nominations now open
Dementia Adventure Forms Special Interest Group
To inform and guide the organisation's work
WISE100 List launched to celebrate leading women in social enterprise
Women in Social Enterprise...
Dementia Adventure Partners with Care Farming UK
A pilot project delivered successfully!!
Drink Coffee, Change Lives
Social enterprise We Walk the Line arrives in Colchester and invites you to the launch.
Volunteering Opportunities available with Dementia Adventure
Opportunity to make a fantastic contribution to a great organisation- training provided
An early Christmas present for heyCambridge!
Costello Medical has teamed up with hey!Cambridge to design a whole new brand
Award Winning #socent
Lucy Humphrey, Chair of Leading Lives receives the Employee Owner of the Year award
holidays for people with dementia
Dementia Adventure launches even more supported holidays in 2017
STPs, MCPs, PACS and You!
Understanding the latest round of NHS changes and being ready to respond.
State-of-the-art Innovation Lab opens in Peterborough
Outstanding design, prototyping and testing facilities now available for use by the region's entrepreneurs, engineers and inventors
Dementia Adventure receives Innovation 50 Award
Recognised as one of Essex's top 50 innovative businesses.
Cambridgeshire Awarded Social Enterprise Place Status
One of only 19 such areas in the UK!
For your next event choose a building that makes an impact
20% off first room booking for SEEE members
Charity Bank grows its approved loan book
Big Society Capital invests a further £5 million
Cambridge Social Ventures has a lot on offer...
Cambridge Social Ventures is on the hunt again for social ventures ready to grow and scale up their impact
Hertfordshire Independent Living service wins National Award
Meals on Wheels Award at the 2016 National Association of Care Catering Awards
Thinking Differently About Dementia – Non Clinical Falls Prevention Training
Dementia Adventure's approach
Your vote is needed...
Give Cambridge project its chance to be in spotlight
Funding to help unpaid carer think differently about dementia
Dementia Adventure is delighted to have been awarded £3k from Fowler Smith & Jones.
Tech4Good Awards finalist
Vote for TheGivingMachine for using technology to make a positive impact
Supervised Tooth Brushing for National Smile Month
Community Dental Services (CDS) Oral Health Promotion Team visits local school
Thinking Differently about Dementia
First E-Learning Webinars Successfully Completed
‘Thinking Differently About Dementia’ at Batsford Arboretum
Inspiring, inclusive and informative training event
Cambridge Family Social Enterprise Ltd responds to a gap in care for children and yp with mental health issues -Hey Cambridge
GAP Learning – a growing family
Latest in the new More Expert by Experience series by Chris Lee
The Feed – a recipe for resilience
Latest in the new 'More Expert by Experience' series by Chris Lee
Your Own Place - Seeking security
Chris Lee interviews SEEE member Rebecca White, Your Own Place CIC's Director and Founder
A cultivating time for social enterprise staff.
Back to school for Nowton Gardening Team as they help cultivate college grounds
Dementia Adventure: First Social Licence Launches
Growing the Dementia Adventure movement with Dementia Adventure in a Box!
Dementia Adventure awarded additional £25,000 funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery
Dementia Adventure is one of 57 charities that will receive the extra £25,000 award
Rooms available to hire across Suffolk
Realise Futures is giving community groups and local businesses the chance to hire its rooms at learning centres.
Dementia Adventure delivers Dementia Friendly Walk Leader Training to the Kent Wildlife Trust
Helping people to retain a sense of adventure
Online shoppers urged to unlock free donations in 2016
Charity cashback website TheGivingMachine is keen to enlist thousands more supporters
#socent pushes the boat out with a galleon made out of recycled plastics
An impressive new product!
CDS Helping Crisis at Christmas’ Volunteer
Christmas by providing two fully equipped Mobile Dental Units to their dental teams volunteering to treat the homeless of London.
Learners succeed in courses from Realise Futures and MyGo in Ipswich
Young people celebrate good results after attending two-day accredited adult social care courses in Ipswich
New loyalty card for Suffolk social enterprise
Poppy's Pantry in Woodbridge, has launched a loyalty card scheme that has proved a hit with customers.
Gardening team branches out for conservation
Social enterprise Growing Places are putting their well-used garden forks and hoes to another good use
#socent #management #skills
Anglia Ruskin's successful charity and social enterprise management course returns with a new Cambridge based intake in September 2016
Dementia Adventure announces holidays and respite breaks
Thanks to the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery and the Dementia Adventure Trust
Menta Jelly !!
The aim of Menta Jelly is to provide a free meeting space for like-minded people to work together and exchange help and advice.
Read about Dementia Friendly Project
Dementia Adventure successfully completed an 18-month consultancy and training programme with Age UK
New sponsor for Coffee Means Business, Woodbridge
Menta has secured a new sponsor for its monthly networking events
New year - new skills...
Realise Future's launch new courses in 2016 for adult learners and enrolment dates
#socent help health smiles in Luton
Community Dental Service and the Luton Children's Centres are working together to provide all the positive oral health messages
Time for wholefood lot of fun!
at Woodbridge wholefood shop Poppy's Pantry
CDS Healthy Smiles Award
Community Dental Services (CDS) CIC held the first Healthy Smiles Award on Wednesday 25 November at their Dental Care Centre.
Leading Lives Wins Top Honours in National Award
Leading Lives named as Health and Social Care Social Enterprise of the Year in the prestigious Social Enterprise UK Awards
Realise Futures launches range of workshops at new Bury learning centre
Chance to learn new skills with course at House at Nowton
CDS Wears Something Blue
For Mouth Cancer Action Month
How to get a foot on the supply chain?
What can be done to help social enterprises become part of the supply chain of larger organisations?
Is the Social Value Act understood?
Discussion piece at SEEE's A Conversation with social enterprise event.
Partnership structures (with the commissioning models seeking prime vendors)
Discussion feedback taken from SEEE's A Conversation with Social Enterprise
Dementia Adventure’s Family Carers Seminar
A team member's perspective
Realise Future's cafe re-opens
Deputy Mayor declares fresh look for Poppy's Panty a success
Luton Town Football Club charity of the year is CHUMS
College and Club work together to support Luton Town charity of the year.
Businesses get free digital advice
Free digital advice from Realise Futures Learning and Development
Great Yarmouth's social entrepreneurs showcase their success
With a little help from SEEE....!
Mosted trusted social enterprise
The Giving Machine wins this prestigious award
Impact Award success for SEEE member Dementia Adventure
This £25,000 'Impact Award' has been awarded to help improve the practice of impact assessment.
Staff rise to occasion with bake off boost for charity
Realise Futures CIC raises money for STOW - Supporting Tanzanian Orphans and Widows
Careers workshop by Realise Futures takes off at Wattisham
Careers advice for non-military family members who are looking for employment opportunities.
CDS teams up with Wates
CDS Provide On-Site Dental Health Checks to Busy Building Contractors for Wates Smartspace
Crowdfunding to raise £15,000
Your Own place helping homeless young people in Norfolk into work
Forest of Dean a dementia friendly community
Dementia Adventure CIC actively helps those with dementia participate in nature based activities.
Community Dental Service (CDS) Announce new contract
CDS to provide oral health promotion services in Leicestershire
A Mountain Railway Adventure - Bespoke Holiday in Snowdonia
Dementia Adventure CIC offers bespoke holidays for those with dementia
New social enterprise cafe in Woodbridge Suffolk
Staff from Realise Futures are busy serving tea, coffee, homemade cakes and lunches
For every £1 invested, the social value created by Realise Futures is £2.51
Realise Futures is creating 'significant and demonstrable' social value
Menta announces its business program for autumn
Details of business training sessions, its networking event and annual Trade Fair
Help for Suffolk's small businesses to profit from expertise & fresh insight
Menta Trade Fair Will Launch Business Festival 2015
Opportunity for businesses to display and demonstrate products and services
Realise Future's wins The Community Engagement Award
Realise Futures Family Learning Team secures top accolade at Suffolk Adult Learners Awards
Children get a playtime surprise with long boat made from recycled bags and bottles by Realise Futures
We Walk the Line CIC
Cash spent on buying your daily caffeine hit supports the development of new micro-business & sustainable business people. Crowdfunding campaign
CDS Finalist in National Nutrition Awards
Going above & beyond the day-to-day role
Business backs innovative elderly care social enterprise
Thousands of vulnerable adults set to benefit as Social Business Trust charity awards support worth £550,000 to Hertfordshire Independent Living Service to expand
Funding from Europe
Who to contact across the region for more information on European Funding and Building Better Opportunities
Largest leisure trust in Suffolk
West Suffolk's two charitable leisure trusts Abbeycroft Leisure and Anglia Community Leisure have merged
Time to smile
CDS Expanding Home Visiting Dental Service
Realise Futures has won a government contract to assist lone parents find a job. (3)
Experienced staff will offer a varied range of intensive support to enable them to gain confidence and progress
Dementia Adventure CIC: the adventure goes on.... (3)
Dementia Adventure continues Chelmsford initiative to help people living with dementia and their carers get out into nature
Growing places is going places
Thanks to new plot of land donated by local company
Social enterprise re-launches product
Introducing Poppy's Snack Box at the Anglia Business Exhibition.
Realise Futures extend their reach...
Realise Futures secures contract to support adults with disabilities across Essex
SEEE member CDS Announce New Contract
CDS To Provide Oral Health Promotion and Epidemiology Services in Oxfordshire
Helping budding social entrepreneurs in Australia
SEEE Board member Sarah Sharlott offers virtual inspiration.
Social Enterprise contributes £22bn to the UK economy over last 5 years
RBS SE100 2014 report reveals Social Enterprise's impressive contribution
to the UK economy
Successful social ventures announced
Eleven social ventures have won the opportunity to secure further training and support with Social Incubator East.
Norton Community Pub rescued by social investment
Village pub threatened by takeover now has secure future and is firmly in its community's hands
Credit Union offers a new product for working people.
Credit Unions have played an invaluable role in helping many people make their money go further
Wintercomfort Awarded £50k to get people back to work
With additional £50,000, Overstream Clean aims to double the number of people they support
CDS Finalists at the National Dental Awards 2015
Community Dental Services (CDS) are celebrating for being finalists in a number of categories for this year's National Dental Awards.
Social Value Act.....the review!
Sarah Sharlott CEO Realsie Futures shares here views on the Lord Young's review.
Penny for your thoughts?
Social investment is the name of the game....
Goshawk Communications: technology for the hearing impaired
Firm joined the first Social Venture Weekend at Cambridge Judge
Smiles all round thanks to CDS action bike donation
13 new specialist bikes, trikes and scooters donated.
OpenJamJar got a big liftoff from Social Venture Weekend
OpenJamJar helps landlords and renters navigate payment procedures on housing.
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, visited Community Dental Services (CDS)
CDS Helping Crisis at Christmas’ Volunteer Dentists
SEEE member's mobile dental unit helps the homeless
Social Incubator East - Third weekend
Find out about this new opportunity and how it has already helped other social entrepreneurs
What makes an organisation sustainable? Chris Lee shares his expertise and insight.
Funding Opportunities from Europe
Building Better Opportunities pot offered through Big Lottery and EU Funding provides a great oppportunity for social enterprises
5 classic social media mistakes and......
Zoe Amar tells us how to avoid them
SEEE member releases song for charity
Voice cloud releases album with all profits from sales going towards a palliative care centre in Norfolk.
Trailblazing social enterprise
Realise Futures tops successful 2nd Anniversaary year by winning National award for 'trailblazing newcomer'
Leading Lives Commended for Employee Ownership
Ipswich based social enterprise, Leading Lives, has been nationally recognised as a champion of the employee ownership business model
TheGivingMachine Golden Hearts Campaign
Christmas campaign offers online shoppers exclusive deals and prizes when they give for free through free-giving online shopping website
Good news for Allied Health Professionals
Suffolk social enterprise set to continue with NHS contract
Realise Futures perks up its support for charity coffee initiative to help those in need across Suffolk.
Renewed focus for SEEE member
Regional social enterprise, Sustainability East, has realigned its priorities for the coming year
Strategic Collaboration in the Third Sector
John Thompson Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, ARU shares his views....
Hertfordshire Community Meals wins National Business Award
Prestigious Social Enterprise of the Year Award
Fourteen new ventures at Social Incubator East
Ventures - all chosen because of their potential to create positive social change
Great Yarmouth entrepreneurs are making a difference
Starting their own businesses benefitting their local communities
Free seminar and skills check
Available to SMEs and delivered by SEEE member Realise Futures
The double shift of the start-up entrepreneur
An insight from Chris Lee's (social entrepreneur) experience
Trouble at the Co-op.....
What can we learn? What does John Chillcott Chair of SEEE say?
Charity Bank fee free loans
Charity Bank has increased funds to loan...
Social Investment, the Missing Middle
Sarah Sharlott (CEO Realise Futures) shares her view on social investment
Ed Balls Visit
Shadow Chancellor visits Eastern Savings & Loans Credit Union Ltd.
Realise Futures secures £2m contract
To give newley-employed jobs training, careers advice and skills support in the East
Charities must be more transparent
The GivingMachine survey finds that this is what fundraisers say.
Turning the Corner Conference
A new CICs write up of all the day's speakers
Congratulations Essex CIC
Essex Company awarded coveted Technology grant for new invention
Why Social Enterprise companies should have a Website?
In 2014 most companies have a website because......
Kick-start programme for Eastern social ventures launches website
Offering support and information to businesses with a social conscience
Click , Shop and Give for FREE
Online shopping website TheGivingMachine (TGM) is launching a digital toolbar making it easier to participate and benefit
Great Ideas for Great Yarmouth
A group of social entrepreneurs in Great Yarmouth are celebrating success having been accepted onto the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme
The final 10 tips (10 more can be found in previous blog) about leadership gleaned from a two-day session on the Lloyds Bank School for Social Entrepreneurs Programme
The difference between urgent and important
Growing a business requires a multitude of actions. How do you prioritise? Which are the most important actions?
Something for the summer holidays....
Ipswich-based Realise Futures, the award-winning social enterprise, has launched a short story and colouring competition for Ipswich children and teenagers in the summer holidays.
Learning to lead – 10 of 20 tips
Learning to Lead - top tips for Chris Lee and his School for Social Entrepreneurs experience
Deloitte's Social Innovation Pioneers Programme
TheGivingMachine's wins place on Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers Programme
New social enterprise in Cambridge
Squeaky clean new social enterprise launched in Cambridge
Anne Wise of Wise Communications offers some tips on improving your media relationships.
Slowing the spin about social entrepreneurs
A guest blog by Chris Lee
Doing a Great Deal Campaign
New campaign is launched by Realise Futures to get Suffolk folk 'Doing a Great Deal' for their community.
The Social Value Act - Is it working?
If you read the government's recent publication 'One Year on', then everything is just tickety boo. But here in the real world it's hard to tell the difference.
Measure what matters
It is better to be approximately right than precisely wrong... Guest blog Chris Lee
Mutuals delivering public services
New mutuals are the future for public service delivery - Francis Maude visits Leading Lives
Mind the Gap - Age and Enterprise
Guest blog by Chris Lee
Change Management Outcomes
Training....are we seeing it as an affordable investment?
Running on Fumes...
a case for lean business start-up?
Guest blog post by Chris Lee,
If Social Enterprise is the future: why does it need to change?
As Heraclitus pointed out over 2500 years ago, 'the only constant in life is change'.
Realise Futures donates plastic bench
Heart warming news from Realise Futures...
Co-op finance institution shortlisted for national award
Co-operative and Community Finance, has reached the shortlist for a new national awards scheme that recognises & rewards excellence in community finance
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.......................
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?...
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.
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..................
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ...
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...
Telling the story behind the product
Should you tell the story behind your products? Opinion is divided ...
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?
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...
Valuing what’s old and plentiful
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?
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