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.

 

Why every company should talk about Race

15 April 2019 - 3:20pm
Business in the Community's Race at Work 2018 Scorecard Report: The McGregor-Smith Review One Year On, highlighted again that employers are not comfortable talking about race. BITC are encouraging...

Talking about mid-life – how conversations make a difference in the workplace

5 April 2019 - 4:19pm
Anne Willmot, Business in the Community Age Campaign Director writes of the importance of conversation and why age should not be a taboo subject.  The Hundred Year LifeWe all like to talk – over a coffee, in the queue at the supermarket, maybe on social media. And we all talk about a lot of things...

Gender pay gap will not close without clear plans to tackle inequality

4 April 2019 - 12:01am
Gender pay gap reporting alone is not enough and should include a clear narrative and action plan with time-bound targets. Action plans need to be communicated transparently internally and externally. Read more.

Six social benefits of businesses developing a circular service

2 April 2019 - 1:15pm
Ann Beavis, Marketing Consultant at Premier Sustain, is a member of Business in the Community’s Circular Economy Taskforce.  Ann explains the social value created from developing a circular service and how every business can support a holistic approach to one.    The environmental arguments for...

Seven steps for an SME to create good cyber habits

18 March 2019 - 12:17pm
Eleanor Bradley, chief operating officer at Nominet, reveals how companies can take measures to prevent becoming victims of online criminals   Habits are hard to break. Our brains prefer to learn behaviours and stick to them; walking a well-worn neural network is much easier than trying to create a...

Businesses must act to avoid a climate crisis - but there are reasons to be positive

14 March 2019 - 2:10pm
Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director at Business in the Community, on how companies that are proactive in efforts to preserve the environment are reaping rewards.   Earlier this month I wrote about the challenges we...

Responsible Businesses must act now for skills that are fit for the future

13 March 2019 - 11:40am
Change is coming: Education Director Rachael Saunders and Employment Director Nicola Inge of Business in the Community on ensuring that companies are not left behind by a transforming market...
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Three things small businesses get wrong about GDPR

12 March 2019 - 1:12pm
Hannah Tankard, Programme Manager - Response and Recovery, BERG, in collaboration with Wendy Lamin, Product Manager, Trustify, outline three misconceptions that small businesses commonly...
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Don't get caught in the net: How your business can tackle phishing

12 March 2019 - 12:44pm
With cyber-crime becoming increasingly sophisticated, Paul Cullum, Alternative Distribution Manager of HSB Engineering Insurance, discusses how small businesses can prevent a breach of online security...

Waste to Wealth: Wales's plan to combat catastrophic climate change

11 March 2019 - 3:42pm
Matt Appleby, BITC Cymru director, says that humanity has just 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe – and we have to work together to do so   A stark warning was issued in October 2018: we have just 12 years to mitigate the risk of catastrophic climate change.   The International Panel on...

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