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.

 

Budget 2018: Apprenticeship levy needs more flexibility for small business to tackle skills gap

29 October 2018 - 5:01pm
In response to the Chancellor announcing more support for small businesses to recruit apprenticeships in today’s Budget, Rachael Saunders, education director at Business in the Community comments on the need for increased flexibility to enable them to tackle the UK's skills gaps. Rachael Saunders,...

Budget 2018: Plastic packaging tax should spur business on to turn their waste into wealth

29 October 2018 - 4:58pm
In response to the Chancellor announcing details on a new tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recyclable plastic in today’s Budget, Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community comments on the need for businesses to rethink their resources for the 21st century...

Budget 2018: Businesses must address the link between mental health, financial insecurity and productivity

29 October 2018 - 4:10pm
In response to the Chancellor announcing an increase in mental health spending in today’s Budget, Louise Aston, wellbeing director at Business in the Community comments on the need for businesses to focus on preventative measures and acknowledge the link between financial stress and poor mental...

The Race at Work Charter: Practical help to tackle racial barriers in the workplace

26 October 2018 - 3:49pm
Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, explains why the new Race at Work Charter is an important step towards improving outcomes for BAME employees   Today Business in the Community in partnership with the government is proud to be launching the Race at Work Charter,...

Business must do more support former offenders and Ban the Box

25 October 2018 - 1:07pm
Unlock has today published new research that shows that many companies continue to have criminal record declarations as a core part of their initial job application forms.  Responding to the findings, Jessica Rose, Ban the Box campaign manager at Business in the Community, said: “Unlock’s work to...
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Scotland's workforce is ageing dramatically and business must act.

22 October 2018 - 11:00am
Dr Cynthia Marks, Campaign Manager at BITC Scotland looks back on a successful conference that explored how Scotland can secure business and economic success as the workforce ages - and why the need to act is now. BITC Scotland, in partnership with Age Scotland, CIPD, the Scottish Government and...

Ban the Box heads to Scotland for 5th anniversary

22 October 2018 - 9:49am
Just 17 of the 110 businesses signed up to Business in the Community's Ban the Box campaign have a presence in Scotland. This means many Scottish companies are missing out on an untapped pool of talent, while putting up barriers to people who seeking work in order to turn their lives around Read more.

Strategic vision will only become a reality by working together

17 October 2018 - 6:44am
'I warmly welcome the launch of this strategic vision as a significant contribution to the rejuvenation of Blackpool over the next decade. It builds on the hard work and regeneration initiatives that have borne fruit in the town over the past ten years, despite the twin challenges of austerity...

Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership launches plan to grow Blackpool economy by £1bn by 2030 and create and safeguard 10,000 jobs

17 October 2018 - 12:01am
The Blackpool economy could grow by £1bn by 2030 with the creation and safeguarding of 10,000 jobs with the support of national Government, according to a Blackpool town prospectus, published today by the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership.    The Blackpool 2030 town prospectus also outlines the...

Giving ex-offenders a fair chance - 5 years of Ban the Box

12 October 2018 - 4:31pm
From 15 to 26 October 2018, Business in the Community is marking the 5th anniversary of Ban the Box, which calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the criminal records tick box from application forms. Read more.

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