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Upcycling 4 Youth event

We’re happy to be able to tell you that we had a celebration, awareness-raising and multiplier event for a great project we have been involved with. The project is called Upcycling 4 Youth and it supports and develops young Macedonians by showing them options for recycling and upcycling generally, and for economic activity and entreprenurial activity in the upcycling sector more specifically. Our recent online (Zoom) event was well attended. We spoke at length about many aspects of the project. Of particualr interest were aspects of messaging and the use of photogrpahic assets on social media platforms to communicate examples Read more »

Published: October 30, 2020.

Building a Successful Organisation series of workshops

Red Ochre is delivering a 6 part series of workshops on creating organisational personal success in partnership with the Directory of Social Change. Read more »

Published: October 9, 2020.

Funding Update

Women in Innovation Awards 2020/21 are now open! Innovate UK is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Read more »

Published: October 9, 2020.

Funding updates

Simply Business (re)start award Simply Business are giving away £10,000 to one entrepreneur, to start – or revive – their business. Read more »

Published: September 1, 2020.

SE Creatives taster session

Uday recently ran a taster workshop for South East Creatives Culture & Digital Support. Though aimed at the creative sector based in the SE of England the programme is relevant for anyone contemplating starting or growing their business, access is free. The session was recorded and can be accessed using this link. Read more »

Published: August 25, 2020.

SE Creatives launches Get-Go

SE Ceatives has launched Get-Go, a development programme for new creative entrepreneurs in Kent, Essex and East Sussex. Uday Thakkar will be running The Get Go Programme 6 part programme for would-be or early stage entrepreneurs from 14th to 16th September 2020. Though aimed at the creative sector based in the SE of England the programme is relevant for anyone contemplating starting or growing their business, access is free. The programme is an ERDF supported programme for South East Creatives Culture & Digital Support. You can learn more about the programme here. If you wish to apply or have any Read more »

Published: August 25, 2020.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub

Red Ochre delivered a very successful 5 part strategy series of webinars for the RAE Building Future Resilience series during July. The RAE Enterprise Hub supports new and existing enterprises to start or scale, and relevant to the current situation, becoming more nimble and opportunistic. Recordings of the webinars can be found here. Read more »

Published: August 25, 2020.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Clarion Housing Group’s William Sutton Prize – Applications Now Open! Following the success of the William Sutton Prize over the last two years, Clarion Housing Group is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the third year of the scheme. Clarion is seeking applications from individuals or organisations presenting an innovative concept, product or service that will have a positive social impact on a community. There is a prize fund of up to £20,000 on offer for each of the two categories, with the funding provided by Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group. The winning Read more »

Published: August 7, 2020.

Further Covid-19 resources and funding

Covid-19 funding news and updates Support from Voluntary Sector Funders, See the Croydon Voluntary Action funding page for further updates. NCVO Financial Support and funding update page. General Covid-19 support Applications are still open for the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. The deadline to apply is 30th April 2020. #startinggood Summit starts May 11th. Ready to learn from the best? Join 10,000+ Social Entrepreneurs for a 10 Day Virtual Feast! Free three day online Business Start Up Read more »

Published: April 21, 2020.

Covid-19 update

We hope everyone is well, following government and health authority advice and coping with the C19 shutdown. Although Red Ochre has closed its offices in line with official guidance the team is working from remote locations. We are supporting our existing clients with email, Skype, Zoom and MS Teams conferencing. If you would like to make contact with us the most efficient way is via email in the first instance. Uday Thakkar, MD & coFounderRobert Foster, coFounder & senior consultantMartin Cooper, EU Project lead Emergency funding The Coronavirus Charity Help Fund offers grants of £5-20K for specific coronavirus poverty relief Read more »

Published: March 22, 2020.

Get paid to come to one of our upcycling workshops!

Get paid to attend two incredible up-cycling workshops (no experience necessary)! We are urgently looking for anyone 16-30 years old who wants to join two upcycling workshops we are co-running this week in London. Can you or someone you know come and benefit from these? You do not need to know or do anything special, you are very welcome exactly as you are. We will even pay you £30 to attend one session (or £60 if you can make both)! Thursday 12th March, 10.45-13.30Make your own jewellery and keyrings with Plastic Seconds With: Maria Papadimitriou, Founder of Plastic SecondsVenue: Drink Shop Do, Read more »

Published: March 9, 2020.

Here’s a short video on social impact I did with Common Venture last week. Read more »

Published: February 21, 2020.

Red Ochre’s work profiled in Pioneers Post

Robert was interviewed about the work with disabled entrepreneurs in Indonesia that Red Ochre has been doing in partnership with Disability Empowerment Centre (DEC) in south central Java. Read more »

Published: January 31, 2020.

The completion of a very successful creative and enterprise skills programme: Young ChangeMakhers

The programme to challenge and encourage 60 young females in Egypt to start and scale creative and social enterprises concluded at the end of November 2019. The programme was delivered as a partnership between Red Ochre and Ashoka Arab World. This was part of the British Council’s global DICE programme. Read more »

Published: January 31, 2020.

V&A Launches New Culture in Crisis Database

The V&A has launched the Culture in Crisis portal as part of its Culture in Crisis Programme, which was set up to share information and knowledge on cultural protection, and support and encourage action across the world. Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.