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Book launch: Towards a Fair and Just Economy

Long term Red Ochre collaborators – Context – based in Utrecht undertake many social enterprise support programmes globally. Regularly the learning from the work is published to make to better disseminate the findings. The latest publication – Towards a Fair and Just Economy – was launched at a very well-attended event at the Impact Factory in Utrecht on the 25th of October. The key chapter in the book explores a new social enterprise business model that has improved the lives and livelihoods of apple farmers in the Indian Himalayas. Read more »

Published: November 7, 2018.

Developing Inclusive & Creative Economies (DICE) programme: Cairo scoping visit

Uday participated in a scoping visit to Cairo to seek partners to deliver a programme to grow and develop social and creative enterprises in Egypt. The trip coincided with celebrations for the British Council’s 80th anniversary in Egypt. An impressive number of people attended the 80th anniversary conference. Many from government departments and agencies, universities as well as umbrella organisations, intermediaries and creative entrepreneurs. Read more »

Published: November 7, 2018.

Social Enterprise Bootcamp in Sudan

For several years, the British Council has been running a support programme for young entrepreneurs in Sudan. Young entrepreneurs apply to participate in a training event that then allows some of them to pitch their ideas on national television – a Sudanese Dragon’s Den known as Mashrouy. The public get to vote for a winner This year the theme was on social enterprise. Over 30 entrepreneurs attended a 4-day Social Enterprise Bootcamp in Khartoum during September. Also attending were several experienced entrepreneurs who wanted to improve their skills to train and support other entrepreneurs. Read more »

Published: November 7, 2018.

DICE fund Egypt event – all welcome

On 19th November 2018 at 6 p.m, Red Ochre is holding an event to discuss the British Council’s Developing Inclusive & Creative Economies (DICE) programme. https://www.britishcouncil.org/programmes/dice/fund The British Council is currently promoting a collaboration project between Social and Creative Enterprises in the UK and those in 5 other countries. Read more »

Published: November 6, 2018.

Red Ochre client The Foraging Fox profiled in Forbes

Congratulations to Frankie Fox, one of the founders of the The Foraging Fox and client of Red Ochre for being featured on www.forbes.com today. The Foraging Fox makes all-natural beetroot ketchups and is breaking into the U.S., and people are clearly taking note! Read more »

Published: November 2, 2018.

Shining Stone China visits Red Ochre

Ms Song Qinghua, Director of Shining Stone #socialenterprise, #China paid us a visit on October 19th. Ms Song is an old friend of Red Ochre doing some amazing things with very little in the way of resource. Qinghua broke a social enterprise fact finding trip Iceland to catch-up with us and share her challenges and solutions to engaging with social need on a large scale See Shining Stone for more details. Read more »

Published: November 1, 2018.

Infographic: Sage guide to the Business Model Canvas

This is a pretty pithy summary of the Business Model Canvas from sage. It’s short, clear and practical. See the links above for more information or drop me a line with questions or comments if you’d rather speak to a person.   Read more »

Published: June 19, 2018.

Red Ochre client wins the 2018 Queen’s Award for Innovation

Ben Williams, founder and MD of Magmatech, will collect his prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation award later in the year. Magmatech designs and produces energy efficient products for the buildings trades and sells them globally. Red Ochre has been supporting Magmatech for the last 18 months with strategy, marketing, growth and financial advice. Read more »

Published: May 24, 2018.

Helping social enterprise in Syria

Uday ran a 7 day social enterprise Bootcamp for a group of 18 Syrian social entrepreneurs in Beirut in March. The Syrian social entrepreneurs are attempting to tackle major problems under extremely difficult conditions. Demonstrating immense courage, resilience and enterprise the participants were tackling diverse issues such as supporting traumatised children to improve their lives, establishing centres to skill up young people, capacity building community groups and establishing a nationwide community legal services. Other projects included helping to launch and support app based businesses to create employment and opportunities in Syria. Supported by the British Council the Bootcamp explored concepts Read more »

Published: May 24, 2018.

Social Enterprise in Tunisia

There is a growth of interest in social enterprise in Tunisia. A country buffeted by a seismic political change and a collapse of its tourist industry – many entrepreneurs are taking it upon themselves to start solving social issues in a sustainable way. In March a group of 17 social entrepreneurs, academics and supporters got together to define what social enterprise could do for Tunisia and how the movement could be managed and supported better. The group also want to influence politicians in understanding and supporting social enterprise. The group agreed an action plan to engage more practitioners, academics and Read more »

Published: May 24, 2018.

Updated Red Ochre privacy policy

Our promise to you as Red Ochre is that we will only use your data to help us provide the right experience for you as a customer We’ll protect your data as if it’s our own We’ll always respect your choices on what we do with your data and how we contact you We’ll only keep it as long as necessary To read all of our privacy policy please click here. Read more »

Published: May 24, 2018.

Infographic: Three strategies for organic growth

This is an interesting graphic that summarises three strategies for organic growth in an organisation. For the full article see “Building an engine for growth that funds itself” at McKinsey.   Source: McKinsey Read more »

Published: May 21, 2018.

Cultivation Primer from NFP Library

Cultivation-Primer is is an interesting ebook freely available from Nonprofit Library. It’s purpose is to help nonprofits build (cultivate) key relationships with grant funders. There’s some interesting narrative, worksheets and templates. Definitely worth a look. Source: Nonprofit Library Read more »

Published: April 5, 2018.

Infographic: The 3 R’s of fundraising

This infographic (Mastering the 3 R’s of grant seeking – research, relationships, writing) from NotForProfitLibrary is a great summary of the fundamentals of preparing and writing funding bids. For more information visit NotForProfitLibrary Source:  (c) Diane H. Leonard Read more »

Published: March 29, 2018.

Infographic: SEO trends and ranking factors for 2018

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.