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.

 

Greenest hotel in the world named

26 April 2018 - 11:06pm
The 2018 Green Hotelier Awards have named the world’s most eco-friendly and sustainable hotels as part of Responsible Business Week. Read more.

It’s all on the Map

26 April 2018 - 9:15pm
Stephen Farrant, Director of Sustainability, Innovation and Sectors on why purpose-driven leaders are essential.  It seems as though map reading, much like driving cars and writing letters, is rapidly becoming a lost art. Which is ironic, given that rarely has it felt like the world has needed a...
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Wellbeing is firmly on the agenda at Anglian Water, Responsible Business of the Year

26 April 2018 - 6:10pm
Susannah Clements, Director of People at Anglian Water shares why the wellbeing of the workforce is so important to Anglian Water and launches a new initiative for small and medium-size enterprises.  I recently re-joined Anglian Water as Group Director of People, after a break of nine years when I...

High Streets are the UK’s shop window

25 April 2018 - 5:10pm
Jane Pritchard, Business in the Community's Enterprise Director, discusses how the state of high streets give us an insight into their local area. She argues that if we are to help local communities via their high streets, effective partnerships between the local community, business and local...

Wales needs a purpose beyond profit

25 April 2018 - 9:00am
As part of Responsible Business Week 2018, Matt Appleby (Director, BITC Cymru) considers the kind of business Wales needs.  Wales needs a purpose beyond profit if it is to succeed in this brave new world.  In a world of mistrust of institutions, experts, fake news and disconnection from the...

First Minister calls on responsible companies to help deliver prosperity for all

25 April 2018 - 9:00am
Speaking on the first day of Responsible Business Week, the First Minister Carwyn Jones called on responsible companies of all sizes and sectors to help deliver inclusive economic growth for all communities in Wales. Read more.

Environment – Water Resources East and the future of multisector water resource planning

24 April 2018 - 5:11pm
Jean Spencer of Anglian Water speaks of collaborative working and multi-sector, regional resource planning.  Last year myself and a group of farmers, drainage engineers and environmental experts found ourselves bumping along in a trailer behind a tractor deep in the Lincolnshire fens. On one side...
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Wellbeing – fuelling progression and innovation

24 April 2018 - 12:31pm
Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director at Business in the Community, on how we can use innovations in SMEs to ensure employee wellbeing is a core component of responsible business.  Wellbeing used to be positioned as a nice to have, fluffy bolt on, with fruit on Fridays and lunchtime Pilates. However,...

Take the new emergency Readiness Test for small businesses

23 April 2018 - 11:20pm
Business in the Community’s The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group is launching a new tool to help small businesses prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies such as flooding, fire and cyber attacks Read more.

Collaboration and Innovation in the Shop Window

23 April 2018 - 4:57pm
  Peter Simpson, Chief Executive Officer – Anglian Water speaks of the Shop Window initiative and how the guidance contained within the document can be adapted to suit aspirations for collaborative working on a local basis.  We increasingly find ourselves in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and...

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