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.


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Don’t forget the ‘Human’ in World Humanitarian Day 2018

17 August 2018 - 10:08am
Find out more about our Global Goals campaign >> Steve Killeen, Global Goals and Sector Director, Business in the Community, on the important role of business in response to...

Celebrating the talent and hard work of young people

16 August 2018 - 9:30am
Find out more at our Education Symposium, kindly hosted by Goldman Sachs, on the 26th September >>  Only if we come together will we make the most of the talent and hard work of...

A-Level results day: Business has a vital role in building skills needed for work

15 August 2018 - 4:27pm
The results are in and whether it’s a time for students to celebrate or re-assess their options, business leaders should be looking at their role in every young person getting the most out of their education, leading to a successful working life and thriving in business, particularly those facing...

Bringing schools and businesses together

10 August 2018 - 1:34pm
Rachael Saunders, Education Director, Business in the Community on the role of education and business leaders in the regeneration of a community Ten years ago I had a list of names and addresses on my phone, of parents who wanted my help to keep their child out of St Paul’s Way school. Some, who...

Without change, we’ll soon be ringing in Earth Overshoot Day along with the New Year

1 August 2018 - 9:33am
Natural resources are finite, but the opportunities for resource-efficient, commercial success are not Businesses must find new ways to create commercial, economic and social value by addressing critical environmental challenges Waste must be used as a valuable and wealth-creating resource Today, 1...

Creating wealth from waste

31 July 2018 - 4:11pm
Learn more about a circular and sustainable office via our environment knowledge hub >> Gudrun Cartwright, environment director, Business in the Community, on how to get smarter at...

Creating a positive impact in our community – what responsible businesses and their supply chain can achieve together

27 July 2018 - 12:00am
Chris Newsome, Director of Asset Management at Anglian Water shares his thoughts on how Anglian Water has an emotional connection to the community that it not only serves but is part of.    Water is the ultimate local product. For the vast majority of customers in our region, the water in their...
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The alignment between government and business is essential if we are to realise inclusive growth

23 July 2018 - 10:30am
BITC Scotland Director Alan Thornburrow reflects on leading a conversation around responsible business conduct at the OECD in Paris. When the invitation arrived to lead a conversation with senior business leaders around Responsible Business Conduct at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...
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Harnessing digital technology to reduce natural disaster damage

20 July 2018 - 8:07pm
Fujitsu's global joint project to mitigate major natural disaster damage Natural disasters which are exacerbated by climate change, not only devastate key infrastructure but also ruin lives and perpetuate poverty. This was the motivation behind a partnership with...

Business in the Community response to ITN publishing their ethnicity pay gap

19 July 2018 - 11:38am
In response to ITN publishing their ethnicity pay gap, Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: “By publishing their ethnicity pay gap figures, ITN has joined a small but growing list of organisations who understand that the best places to work are inclusive, with...


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