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.

 

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...

The new possible - why we should all be excited about the Responsible Business Tracker

1 May 2019 - 9:00am
Maria-Jose Subiela, Global Goals Director at Business in the Community, explains why we should all be excited about the Responsible Business Tracker.   Am I excited about our new Responsible Business Tracker®?...

Education in Focus - Responsible Business in Action

1 May 2019 - 9:00am
Read the headlines from the Education Partnerships Award 2019 Finalists    How member companies can get involved with the Education Campaign SkillsBuilder: Talk to us about how to embed the framework into your schools outreach programme...

New responsible business measure reveals environmental issues must become bigger business priority

29 April 2019 - 11:40am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, 29th April 2019  Health and wellbeing ranked as biggest material issue to business with environmental issues coming second 63% of participating companies have set objectives, targets and KPIs for their carbon reduction strategy, but only 22% have science-based targets...

New responsible business measure reveals UK business in danger of falling into purpose-wash trap

29 April 2019 - 1:00am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Monday, 29th April 2019  86% of participating companies have a purpose statement However, vast majority (83%) have not yet considered what this means across departments or set clear team targets Companies are using Global Goals to describe their activity, but not using them...

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