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Strategy and Business Modelling

Description Nail your strategy delivery and boost your business performance with a practical workshop that uses the Business Model Canvas visual tool. Read more »

Leadership: From potential to the finished article

Hold on to your hats! This is a half day interactive workshop on leadership development. When: Thursday 9th May 2019 at 10:00 – 13:00 BST Where: British Library Business & IP Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB How Much: £25, inclusive of VAT and eventbrite fees To book: visit eventbrite Read more »

Introduction to Social Enterprise

Explore and understand this global phenomenon, and learn how you too can change the world. When: Wed 24th April 2019 at 14:00 – 15:00 BST Where: British Library Business & IP Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB How Much: £25, inclusive of VAT and eventbrite fees To book: visit eventbrite Read more »

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In the shadow of the Pyramids

Creative enterprises are well known for growing economic activity, resuscitating moribund city centres and creating pathways of success for those at the margins of society. Combine this with community based social enterprise and you have the makings of major social change. The British Council is piloting a programme to stimulate creative and social enterprises in 5 countries. As a prelude to the launch of the programme Red Ochre was asked to deliver a 3-day workshop in Cairo on understanding, supporting and expanding the creative and social enterprise sectors in Egypt. The workshop was attended by 25 plus senior representatives from Read more »

Is a social enterprise better than a charity? (Part 2)

In my last blog I discussed the birth and naming of the Cairo Model as a way to begin to answer the question “Is a social enterprise better than a charity?” In this blog I will explore what the Cairo Model is and how it can help you make appropriate decisions for legal structures, for marketing and communication activity and funding. So, tell me about the Cairo Model? The model can be summarised with this diagram (see below). The first part of the model attempts to define your market. The second part helps you understand the situation. The third part Read more »

Is a social enterprise better than a charity? (Part 1)

This is a question posed to me when I was in Cairo earlier in February. I had the good fortune to be working with the British Council Egypt and several Egyptian government departments on the creative social enterprise sector. After wrestling with the existential question, and a brief pause to gather my thoughts, I expanded on a model I have been developing and speaking around for the last couple of years. I’ve called this the Cairo Model in honour of the place where my thinking became a practical diagnostic tool and template for further action. The model can help you Read more »

Celebrating diversity and promoting integration amongst British and migrant entrepreneurs.

The Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards will be held at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) on 27th April 2019 from 7pm. If you know a migrant entrepreneur who deserves to be recognised for their hard work and dedication, please nominate them here. They must be born outside of the UK and run a business. The finalists are chosen by public votes. Read more »

New Chief Executive, new challenges

Five top tips to make it fulfilling and purposeful Think about what makes a good leader Start believing you are the Chief Executive Research! Don’t rush into making decisions Establish a good working relationship with the Chair The Directory of Social Change is launching a new course New Chief Executive, New Challenges with Uday. You can find out more about the top tips and the course here. Read more »

Infographic: 5 NFP marketing myths

Nonprofit Library has an interesting infographic on marketing, social media and email marketing myths.  It’s definitely worth a look.  Source: Nonprofit Library, Author John Hayden Read more »

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