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.

 

IFS Deaton Review – The inequality gap will not be closed if employers do not provide good work for all

14 May 2019 - 2:06pm
In response to the launch of the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) Deaton Review today, Catherine Sermon, director of campaigns at Business in the Community, said: Read more.

This Is Me Scotland: 3 steps to change workplace attitudes on mental health

13 May 2019 - 3:34pm
In Mental Health Awareness Week, Alan Thornburrow, Business in the Community's Scotland Director, discusses the key messages at a parliamentary reception focusing on eliminating the subject's stigma   Read more about...

Employment & Skills in Focus - Responsible Business in Action

13 May 2019 - 8:00am
Read the headlines from the Unipart Outstanding Employment Award 2019 Finalists   How can member companies get involved with the Employment & Skills team’s campaigns?Ban the Box: We want Ban the Box to become standard recruitment practice, and so we have set an...

Good Work For All: Five steps companies should take to provide good jobs

13 May 2019 - 8:00am
Business in the Community is calling on businesses to offer good jobs that offer security, rights and a fair income, along with the opportunity for personal development and progression, and a supportive and inclusive environment. In practice, achieving this for all your employees is complex but our...

The secret to innovation? Your workplace culture

9 May 2019 - 1:36pm
Eimear Meredith-Jones, Managing Director, Accenture Talent & Organisation, on how an empowering environment can be developed by companies Innovation is the key to business competitiveness and growth. Yet, according to new research from Accenture, only a third of UK employees feel empowered to...

Tens of thousands stand up to break down mental health stigma in workplace

8 May 2019 - 12:25pm
More than 20 of Scotland’s largest businesses, representing tens of thousands of staff, have pledged to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace through a groundbreaking initiative which has been welcomed by the Scottish Government. This Is Me Scotland is a joint initiative...

Business must be a part of the solution to the climate emergency

2 May 2019 - 1:19pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, 2 May 2019 Last weekend the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, declared a climate emergency during her speech at the SNP conference in Edinburgh. Today the Climate Change Committee recommended Scotland should have a more ambitious target to achieve net-zero...

Declaration of climate emergency and UK Climate Change Committee report: Businesses must now show they are part of the solution

2 May 2019 - 10:29am
In response to yesterday's Westminster MP vote to declare a climate and environmental emergency, following on the heels of Scotland and Wales and the UK’s Climate Change Committee today making it clear that we can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by deploying existing technologies, Gudrun...

UK Government and Partners Propose Steps to Accelerate Refugee Employment

2 May 2019 - 9:00am
Companies can take simple steps to employ more refugees and enable them to better integrate in the UK and contribute to economy LONDON, May 2 – Refugees are underrepresented in the UK workforce and a great opportunity for them to contribute to growth and better integrate in the country is being...

Wales’ top responsible businesses ‘touching many thousands of lives’ – BITC Cymru announces the Responsible Business Awards 2019 shortlist

1 May 2019 - 12:00pm
Twenty-three Welsh companies are being hailed for taking action to build inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and address environmental challenges in Wales.     Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru today recognises those who have reached the top of the responsible business list in Wales as...

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