Uday’s Blog


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.

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.

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.

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.

3 reasons why managers need to get their head around charity finance

Read why finance is an amazingly effective management and communication tool. This articles was written by Uday on behalf of the Directory of Social Change. Read more »

Published: April 11, 2017.

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.