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.


Strategic vision will only become a reality by working together

17 October 2018 - 6:44am
'I warmly welcome the launch of this strategic vision as a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of Blackpool over the next decade. It builds on the hard work and regeneration initiatives that have borne fruit in the town over the past ten years, despite the twin challenges of austerity...

Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership launches plan to grow Blackpool economy by £1bn by 2030 and create and safeguard 10,000 jobs

17 October 2018 - 12:01am
The Blackpool economy could grow by £1bn by 2030 with the creation and safeguarding of 10,000 jobs with the support of national Government, according to a Blackpool town prospectus, published today by the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership.    The Blackpool 2030 town prospectus also outlines the...

Giving ex-offenders a fair chance - 5 years of Ban the Box

12 October 2018 - 4:31pm
From 15 to 26 October 2018, Business in the Community is marking the 5th anniversary of Ban the Box, which calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the criminal records tick box from application forms. Read more.
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The retail sector's approach to ex-offenders needs a rethink

12 October 2018 - 12:06pm
Find out more about Ban the Box and sign up >>  The retail industry employs more people in the UK than any other private sector industry, providing 4.9 million...

This Is Me Scotland launch intends change workplace attitudes to mental health

11 October 2018 - 5:00pm
A pioneering workplace mental health campaign has launched in Scotland today in a joint initiative between PwC, Barclays, Business in the Community Scotland, SAMH and Samaritans. Described by Scottish Government as an “important step”, the This Is Me Scotland initiative aims to reduce the stigma of...

Business needs to act now to retain older workers

11 October 2018 - 11:44am
In response to today’s publication of Government workforce statistics, Anne Willmot, age director, Business in the Community said: "Government figures published this morning show that the numbers of older workers over the age of 50 continues to increase. What is particularly striking is the growth...

IPCC report on limiting global warming to 1.5⁰C - Business in the Community comments

8 October 2018 - 11:26am
In response to today's publication of the IPPC's report on limiting global warming to 1.50C,  Gundrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, said:   "The IPCC report is a landmark in climate science.  The time for action is now and there is a small window of opportunity to...

Financial insecurity contributing to poor mental health for Scottish workers

8 October 2018 - 11:20am
A national mental health at work survey, commissioned by Business in the Community in partnership with Mercer, has found that employees are struggling to deal with the demands and insecurities...

Financial insecurity contributes to poor mental health for Welsh workers – and line managers want more training

8 October 2018 - 8:00am
30% of Welsh workers are struggling to make ends meet, and fewer than half are satisfied with their current financial situation More workers in Wales – 27% - than elsewhere in the UK  - 21% - report that their mental health negatively affects their financial situation 67% of Welsh line managers...

Financial insecurity contributing to poor mental health for UK workers

8 October 2018 - 7:07am
A quarter of employees are struggling to make ends meet, less than half are satisfied with their current financial situation  Two-thirds say mental health and wellbeing affected by personal job security (66%) 90% of young people say their mental health is affected by the cost of living A...


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