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.


Lori Dougal, Landmarc Support Services

Rural community regeneration: Lifelong skills in the country

18 April 2018 - 2:48pm
Lori Douglas, Learning and Development Manager from Landmarc Support Services, on the challenges faced by rural employers and how these can be overcome to ensure they keep up with their urban counterparts and remain a ‘force for good’   For any organisation keen to demonstrate responsible business...

Bristol City Council signals fair chance for ex-offenders with Ban the Box

13 April 2018 - 3:22pm
Bristol City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to become a Ban the Box employer, removing barriers to employment for people with criminal convictions. Read more.
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The Future Proof campaign is two years old!

11 April 2018 - 10:55am
When we started the Future Proof campaign two years ago, backed by the City & Guilds Group, youth unemployment was still stubbornly high. When we dug deeper into reasons...

The mutual benefit of schools partnering with business

6 April 2018 - 1:40pm
Rachel Saunders, Education Director at Business in the Community speaks of the success of business partnering with schools.  There has been an active debate, since CBI President Paul Dreschler’s speech at the ASCL conference, about the legitimate role of business in education.  If we are to have a...

Government announces plans for drinks bottle and can deposit scheme

29 March 2018 - 1:05pm
Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director at Business in the Community comments on today's announcement that a deposit-return scheme is to be introduced. The scheme is expected to cover single-use glass and plastic bottles, and steel and aluminium cans. The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has...
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We are more likely to succeed if we can give young people essential skills early.

22 March 2018 - 7:08am
Rachael Saunders, Business in the Community Education Director introduces The Whole School, Whole Child report published today that contains invaluable resources to support school-business partnerships.   ...

Sexual misconduct and the charity sector

21 March 2018 - 10:12am
The recent media attention surrounding humanitarian organisations as a result of the Oxfam Sexual Harassment scandal during the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, has put a spotlight on the role of the charity sector in disaster and conflict situations, where those receiving aid are often extremely...

Partner with us to leverage intergenerational working

15 March 2018 - 11:02am
  We are delighted to announce a new partnership opportunity that has been created to support employers respond effectively to the ageing population and the needs of older workers, leveraging the benefits of effective intergenerational working.  "The Age leadership team at Business in the...

BITC Scotland highlights importance of Scotland becoming a Good Food Nation at Holyrood event

14 March 2018 - 10:40am
BITC Scotland is celebrating the importance of food, education and school in Scotland’s Year of Young People with a Parliamentary Reception ahead of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Good Food Nation Bill. Read more.
Chloe Chambraud

Why we need men and women to #PressForProgress this International Women’s Day

8 March 2018 - 8:10am
Chloe Chambraud Director, Business in the Community Gender Equality campaign, speaks of the need for equality both at home and in the workplace if true parity is to be achieved.      Today is International Women’s Day, and the theme this year is #PressForProgress, encouraging people to keep up the...


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