Infographic: SEO trends and ranking factors for2018

There are numerous factors that affect the Google ranking of a website. That makes getting a good listing hard enough, but to make matters worse the rules are constantly changing. This summary from blogkens is a great primer for the year ahead. Read more »

Published: January 5, 2018.

AI takeover

Here’s an interesting graphic of what some experts think we can expect from AI as it develops.Source: Technology review Read more »

Published: January 4, 2018.

Infographic: Social enterprise questions

Here are the top 79 auto suggestions from Bing and Google for  questions about social enterprise. Source: Answer the Public  Read more »

Published: December 22, 2017.


Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, has established a WeAlmaty Challenge Fund aimed at groups of people who develop ideas for social initiatives. The fund will provide seed funding to help groups test out ideas for social impact in Almaty. A group of female facilitators visited London during November to better understand social initiatives and models of support provided in the UK, facilitated by the British Council. Read more »

Published: December 19, 2017.

Congratulations to SenSat

On Tuesday 21st November SenSat, friend and occasional client of Red Ochre, launched a photo essay book called “A snapshot in time: Photographs and stories from a year in SenSat Operations”. Many of the photos are captured from SenSat’s automated drone surveying platform Mapp and are spectacular. If you can get a copy of the book you won’t be disappointed.     Read more »

Published: November 23, 2017.

Social Enterprise in Kazakhstan

Uday ran a successful Train the Trainer Social Enterprise Bootcamp for 20 existing and potential consultants and trainers in Atyrau, Kazakhstan during October. The city near the Caspian Sea has experienced considerable growth because of the energy sources being exploited nearby. A growing interest in Social Enterprise has resulted in a number of initiatives in the country. The Bootcamp, part of a continuing support programme funded by Chevron and managed by the British Council, will establish a cohort of experts to support entrepreneurs and projects. Read more »

Published: November 23, 2017.


Long term friend and occasional client Kevin Osborne has managed an incredible achievement. MeWe360, which he launched in 2013, aims to help entrepreneurs from BAME backgrounds. Now based in two buildings in Soho Square, London, MeWe360 provides work space, mentoring and introductions to potential investors to those entrepreneurs. There are 2 wings to MeWe360, a charity arm and a social enterprise. The project has recently received just over £1m in funding from the Arts Impact Fund, supported by NESTA and the Arts Council England as well as other funders. Kevin wants to ensure that BAME entrepreneurs, particularly in music and Read more »

Published: November 21, 2017.

Chamber Business Awards 2017

The hotly contested annual national winners of the British Chamber of Commerce Chamber Business Awards will be announced on the on 30th November at the Brewery London. Entries are based on regional heats leading to a shortlist that are judged for the prestigious National Awards. For the 10th year running Uday Thakkar has been a panel judge for the awards. This year Uday judged entries for Excellence in Customer Service, over the years he has also judged entries for Best Use of Technology and Small Business of the Year. The 2018 Awards competition will be launched on 1st March 2018 Read more »

Published: November 21, 2017.

Teach Seville applications open

For all TEFL, CELTA, TESOL graduates who want to teach in academies and in community settings for social impact… Applications are now open for Red Ochre’s Teach Seville programme and close at Sunday 22nd October 2017. To apply, please download and complete an application form and send it, along with your CV, to the Founder of Teach Seville – Martin:   Read more »

Published: September 28, 2017.

What to expect from GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in UK law on the 25th May 2018. Here’s a quick recap of what to expect and where to get more information. Individuals to have greater control over personal data online Businesses to be held accountable for securing data New powers, sanctions and offences Important step to adapt to the digital age More information: Download guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Source: Accountancy Age for an explanatory narrative. Read more »

Published: August 24, 2017.

Trustees and volunteers wanted

Community Training Assistance and Support, CTAS operates in deprived communities in Nepal providing clean water and supporting schools. They are a small volunteer run charity based near Eastbourne and want to expand their volunteer base and board. Your experience and skill set is less important than your energy and enthusiasm but if you have a background in international development and or fundraising you will be especially welcome. For more information email CTAS directly. Read more »

Published: August 21, 2017.

Good results from our Erasmus Plus Programme

July marked the end of Red Ochre’s Erasmus Plus Programme: Teach Seville. We sent 21 people with English teaching qualifications to work in academies in Seville in 2016-2017 on two month all expenses paid placements. There was teaching and reaching different communities. There was also manzanilla, flamenco, free Spanish classes, fino, bars, football, festivals, insect bites, bla bla car journeys and forgetting to get the gas topped up. Why Teach Seville? Recent census figures showed that across England 1.7% of the population (900,000 people) have either no, or poor spoken English. These people face significant barriers in participating fully in Read more »

Published: July 11, 2017.

International Safari

Last week (12th-16th June) Red Ochre were privileged to lead the #SPARKSE International Safari. Over the course of a week social enterprises from the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium met and exchanged ideas and perspectives with policy makers and commissioners, learned about approaches to innovation and social innovation and visited innovative local social enterprises in West Sussex and Brighton. The programme is led by The Platform, Brighton and West Sussex County Council and will run to the end of September 2018. Read more »

Published: June 19, 2017.

The pros and cons of crowdfunding for small business

Listen to Robert speak on crowdfunding at the Portobello Business Centre You Tube channel. This two minute bite-size video touches on what crowdfunding us useful for, what to do to have a successful campaign and when other more traditional forms of fundraising are more appropriate. Read more »

Published: May 15, 2017.

Uday in Morocco

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office in partnership with British Council in Morocco are supporting a programme to create Social Enterprises in and around Tangier. Read more »

Published: May 10, 2017.