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.


Are you equipped to support and retain the carers in your workforce?

11 June 2018 - 9:00am
National Carers Week (11-17 June) and the launch of the Governments new Carer’s Action Plan is the perfect time to look at how you support the carers in your workforce. • Did you know that 6.5 million people in the UK are carers – providing care for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill?...

Royal Society of Public Health report on attitudes to ageing – Business in the Community says employers should seize opportunity for older workers

8 June 2018 - 2:06pm
Today (8 June), the Royal Society for Public Health has published a report on how attitudes to ageing affect health and wellbeing. The report finds that ageist views are held across the generations, and that an ageing society is viewed by many as a challenge rather than an opportunity. Read more.

World Oceans Day – Eight steps every business can take to make a difference

8 June 2018 - 6:00am
Plastic is an incredible material that makes modern life possible.  However, recent months have seen the impact plastic waste is having on our oceans brought to the fore.  From Sky’s Ocean Rescue Campaign to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, media attention has been intense and public interest has...

World Environment Day 2018

5 June 2018 - 11:34am
On World Environment Day 2018, Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director at Business in the Community reflects on how businesses can take simple actions to start creating commercial, social and wider economic value.   Momentum is building behind the drive towards a sustainable future. It is hugely...

Dealing with addiction: Drugs,Tobacco and Alcohol toolkit

24 May 2018 - 8:43am
By using the Business in the Community Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco toolkit, in association with Public Health England, you can support your employees wellbeing to reduce sickness, absence, and improve mental wellbeing and productivity Read more.

Healthy communities, healthy environments

20 May 2018 - 5:53am
Gudrun Cartwright, Business in the Community Environment Director invites all businesses to join Business in the Community in co-creating a world that we can be proud to leave to future generations.  Sunday 22  April was Earth Day. Every year this day asks us to imagine how things can be better and...

Don't let your business become a cyber security statistic

18 May 2018 - 11:42am
Neil, SME Engagement Lead at the National Cyber Security Centre, highlights how cyber security breaches have affected businesses in the last year. As well as offering guidance on what to do to prevent a breach from occurring. Read more.
Mental Health at Work bubble people

Mental health affects everyone directly or indirectly; share your experiences on Mental Health

13 May 2018 - 10:33pm
Louise Aston, Business in the Community Wellbeing Director encourages everyone to take the Mental Health at Work survey as mental health effects everyone.  Since our first annual mental health at work survey in 2016 we have seen slow incremental progress but there’s still a long way to go.   Help...

New environment law gives opportunity to embed sustainability across all government departments

10 May 2018 - 2:00pm
Libby Sandbrook, Head of Circular Economy at Business in the Community, comments on today's announcement about the new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill Read more.

Skills Builder partnership launched today

4 May 2018 - 10:09am
Launched today, we are proud to be supporters of the Skills Builder framework - a cross-sector movement to build the essential skills, such as creativity and teamwork, which children and young people need for success. Read more.


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