We would like to thank the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Awards for All for funding two extremely exciting projects that we have been developing over the last 6 months.
No one can deny these are trying times - Brexit, austerity, fake news and alternative facts – so it’s important to focus on the positive whenever possible. This month we have looked close to home and have chosen to shine a light on…
We were not aware of any Vodka social enterprises until we stumbled across an article in Foodbev Media.
The social enterprise supports the armed forces in the UK and has secured ‘the largest ever listing of its kind’ with supermarket Asda.
Heroes Drinks Company will stock its premium wheat grain vodka in 350 Asda stores and donate at least 20% of its profits to armed forces personnel.
Read more: CLICK
With increased market competition, sustainability is an issue for social enterprises in Hong Kong. A recent article explores the challenges in Hong Kong.
Iridescent Ideas is pleased to announce it is part of the Growth Hub service for Devon and Somerset. The Growth Hub offers three hours of business support to businesses across Devon and Somerset and we are helping support social enterprises.
Third Force News in Scotland reports on the first ever dedicated, long-term, social enterprise strategy published in Scotland, it includes a number of steps aimed at growing the sector over the next 10 years.
Concentrated in three areas, the government will focus on stimulating social enterprises, developing stronger organisations and realising market opportunities.
The article goes in to more depth about how this long term stregty and how it will help the growth of the sector in Scotland: CLICK
During our jaunt up to the Big Smoke a couple of weeks ago we were really excited to finally meet our Forerunner Prize winners, CanAdvice, face to face.
The CanAdvice team (from left to right) are: Shereen Nabhani-Gebara, Reem Kayyali and Nada Philip.
The team said: "We are grateful for this award as it will provide us with the support and mentorship to further develop CanAdvice and to enhance its reach in patient care."
Following our meeting they now have a plan of action and are setting up their brand new social enterprise as we speak. We're really looking forward to being part of their journey and being invovled with such a great project.
Watch this space for updates of their progress.
On Monday 28th November we attended the Social Enteprise Awards 2016 at the incredible Grand Connaught Rooms in London. The awards were organised by Social Enterprise UK and hosted by two time Edinburgh Comedy Awards Finalist, Nish Kumar.
The awards recognise the acheivements of British Social Enterprises and we were delighted to have come away from proceedings with a Highly Commended in the Social Impact category!
I am not totally sure if this is too early, but I did see the John Lewis Christmas advert over the weekend so I guess it is ok. Christmas is a month away and you probably need some Christmas gift ideas.
SEUK have produced a social enterprise gift guide, a great way to 'give', while keeping your social conscience in check. To see what great gifts you can buy your friends and families visit the link below! | CLICK
Social Enterprise Mark have produced a Christmas gift brochure highlighting what their social enterprise mark holders produce for a perfect christmas gift | CLICK
Iridescent Ideas has been a proud delivery partner of POP ideas for the last two years. In that time POP ideas has supported over 200 individuals and organisations with funding and planning advice.
Iridescent Ideas recently wrote a report on the impact of the POP ideas project and it highlights that for every £1 invested by Plymouth City Council into POP ideas the return is £28.
The headline figures show:
To find out more, read the impact report: CLICK