Social enterprise mentoring blogs

Business in the Community runs a range of programmes that match business mentors with social enterprises, including ones based in London and the East of England.  This benefits both parties, by giving social enterprises access to business expertise that can help them grow and plan for the future, while business mentors gain valuable opportunities for personal development.

To mark Global Enterprise Week, 17-21 November, we spoke to some of the people, both social entrepreneurs and business mentors, who've been involved with these programmes about their experiences and motivations.  Read what they told us below.

 

What happens when we can’t switch off? The impact of digital devices on our work life balance

17 April 2019 - 9:46am
Paul Barrett, Head of Wellbeing, Bank Workers Charity works with Business in the Community as a Wellbeing partner. Following the publication of their latest white paper At the crossroads – The need for a digital rebalance, Paul explores the relationship we have with our digital devices and the...

Talking about mid-life – how conversations make a difference in the workplace

5 April 2019 - 4:19pm
Anne Willmot, Business in the Community Age Campaign Director writes of the importance of conversation and why age should not be a taboo subject.  The Hundred Year LifeWe all like to talk – over a coffee, in the queue at the supermarket, maybe on social media. And we all talk about a lot of things...

Will we live to see the end of the gender pay gap?

10 January 2019 - 11:21am
Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, on how employers can work towards closing the gender pay gap in 2019   I hope that I will live long enough to see the gender gap close in my lifetime in the UK. At the current pace, it is estimated that it will take another 61...

Mark Carney and Villeroy de Galhau climate change warnings must now provoke financial system change

17 April 2019 - 10:08am
In response to today’s publication of an open letter from Mark Carney and Villeroy De Galhau accompanying the launch of a report from the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, said: Read more.

Why every company should talk about Race

15 April 2019 - 3:20pm
Business in the Community's Race at Work 2018 Scorecard Report: The McGregor-Smith Review One Year On, highlighted again that employers are not comfortable talking about race. BITC are encouraging...

Business in the Community commends Centrica's introduction of the 2030 Responsible Business Ambitions

10 April 2019 - 3:28pm
Energy is at the heart of homes, businesses and communities, and has huge potential to contribute to a more sustainable world. To achieve this Centrica is on a mission to accelerate its positive social and environmental impact. The initiative is called Ambition 2030 – 15 global goals centred around...

Gender pay gap will not close without clear plans to tackle inequality

4 April 2019 - 12:01am
Gender pay gap reporting alone is not enough and should include a clear narrative and action plan with time-bound targets. Action plans need to be communicated transparently internally and externally. Read more.

Six social benefits of businesses developing a circular service

2 April 2019 - 1:15pm
Ann Beavis, Marketing Consultant at Premier Sustain, is a member of Business in the Community’s Circular Economy Taskforce.  Ann explains the social value created from developing a circular service and how every business can support a holistic approach to one.    The environmental arguments for...

Seven steps for an SME to create good cyber habits

18 March 2019 - 12:17pm
Eleanor Bradley, chief operating officer at Nominet, reveals how companies can take measures to prevent becoming victims of online criminals   Habits are hard to break. Our brains prefer to learn behaviours and stick to them; walking a well-worn neural network is much easier than trying to create a...

Businesses must act to avoid a climate crisis - but there are reasons to be positive

14 March 2019 - 2:10pm
Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director at Business in the Community, on how companies that are proactive in efforts to preserve the environment are reaping rewards.   Earlier this month I wrote about the challenges we...

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