Uday’s Blog

Red Ochre runs social enterprise boot camp in Morocco

Red Ochre’s Uday Thakkar will be delivering a 4 day social enterprise Bootcamp in Morocco during March. The training will be for 30 young existing or potential social entrepreneurs who have innovative projects that they want to start or scale. Read more »

Published: February 27, 2017.

2016 in review

2016 is surely going to be seen as a historic year. I have heard it described as the TUNA year (Turmoil, Uncertainty, Negativity, Ambiguity). For Red Ochre, however it has been the same yet different. As we enter 2017 we will celebrate our 15th birthday. We kicked off in 2002 – with a notion that we had something to offer that would help make the world a better place. Where we could we would do it ourselves where we couldn’t we help those that could. We have managed to keep to this and we believe we have done this with Read more »

Published: January 31, 2017.

Uday speaks at Hammamet Conference 20016

The Hammamet Conference, organised by the British Council, is the only leadership forum connecting leaders from the UK and North Africa. The conference provides a unique forum for dialogue and debate; with ideas and expertise drawn from six countries. This year was the 5th in the series and was based on the theme of creating Visions of a better future. Read more »

Published: November 30, 2016.

NAZ Project London celebrates its 25th Anniversary

NAZ is a charity that provides sexual health and HIV prevention and support services for BAME communities. The charity celebrated its anniversary at its annual nOSCARS celebration and party on the 15th November. The occasion is in recognition of the work and support that volunteers and partner organisations provide for the charity’s beneficiaries. Read more »

Published: November 30, 2016.

Starting a Social Enterprise Webinar

Listen to Uday Thakkar, MD of Red Ochre, giving a webinar on behalf of SE UK on the topic of Starting a Social Enterprise. A link to view the webinar is here. If you have any questions you can contact Uday directly.   Read more »

Published: June 23, 2016.

Partnership with NGO Management Association, Geneva

Red Ochre delivered a series of workshops in Geneva in partnership with NGO Management Association. NGO Management Association is a well established training organisation that runs workshops on a number of charity and social economy related topics globally. Read more »

Published: June 20, 2016.

Ethical Leadership

I ran a very successful workshop for the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House. Ethical behaviour is of growing interest for businesses and Red Ochre have been running a regular workshop on “How to make your business more ethical” in partnership with the British Library. Read more »

Published: June 13, 2016.

Uday in action

Watch Uday in action on one of his many overseas trips to share his knowledge and passion on social enterprise. This video is from a five day bootcamp delivered in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of the British Council Business Investment Readiness (BIR) Programme in early 2016. Read more »

Published: June 9, 2016.

Hanoi Friday 18th

Friday the 18th was an exciting opportunity for me to deliver a session on the options and opportunities in social enterprise for undergraduates. Read more »

Published: March 31, 2016.

Hanoi Thursday 17th March

Here I am after the academic and policy conference in Hanoi where I spoke on the ecosystem and infrastructures challenges and opportunities in Vietnam. Drawing on my experience in the UK and overseas I was able to provoke lively discussion on the topic.       Read more »

Published: March 31, 2016.

Uday is speaking at the ISCE International conference Hanoi March 2016

Uday Thakkar, co-founder and MD of Red Ochre is delivering the key note address at The ISCE International Conference, Hanoi, 17th March  2016. Read more »

Published: March 4, 2016.

Uday makes Keynote presentation at an Innovation Conference in Hanoi

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce & Industry, VCCI, together with the British Council Vietnam, Traffic and VP Bank ran a conference for over 150 businesses in Hanoi on 20th November. The conference was to encourage local businesses to engage with, and understand better Corporate Social Responsibility. Uday led with presentation on “Corporate Innovative governance and image development” using examples from the UK such as Unilever and KPMG. In the next session, which Uday chaired, Uday illustrated his presentation on the benefits of engaging with social enterprise as a CSR strategy with the work done in the UK by PwC and Read more »

Published: November 30, 2015.

Successful delivery of a major civil society Project in Armenia

Uday Thakkar was a senior advisor on an EU funded project called “Strengthening Democratic Governance in Armenia”. The lead partner in the consortium for the delivery of the project was the British Council. Uday delivered the Social Enterprise training and support element of this over 7 trips to Armenia between 2014 and 2015. Initially two 3 day workshops on social enterprise, sustainability and effectiveness were delivered to over 70 regional organisations from the north and south of the country. Follow up trips assisted more sustainable projects with business planning and strategy assistance, marketing and then later funding and pitching kills. Read more »

Published: November 30, 2015.

Interview on Hanoi TV

I was in Vietnam recently working with the British Council and Professor Thang Truong Nam on scoping the scale and requirements of the social emerging enterprise sector. During my stay Hanoi TV did a piece on the programme and also interviewed me. You can watch the video here.   Read more »

Published: October 30, 2015.

Free Introduction to Lean Startup training

What: Introduction to Lean Start Up When: 3rd December  17.30-19.30 Who: Uday Thakkar Where: Portobello Business Centre Cost: Free of charge For more details and booking information visit eventbrite. Read more »

Published: July 21, 2015.