Robert’s Blog

Primary research on the impact of Covid on co-working spaces

Red Ochre recently completed a research study on the impact of Covid on co-working spaces with Development Solutions Moscow. We explored pre-Covid, Covid-era and the period post-Covid and the trends, challenges and opportunities for workspaces. Read more »

Published: May 6, 2021.

Medical Education in Russia

Below is a reproduction of an article on medical education in Russia from StudyInRussia. This is reproduced as part of the work we are doing with Development Solutions Moscow to share study and learning opportunties, and best practice in enterprise. Medical Educaton in Russia Basically, medical training in Russia lasts six years and, as a rule, goes on as a separate form of education – specialist programmes. The exceptions are the dentistry and pharmacy specialities lasting five years and nursing – four years. In Russia, to become a general medical practitioner, it is necessary to complete a general medicine programme Read more »

Published: March 4, 2021.

Alma Mater for IT specialists: 5 reasons to get IT education in Russia

Here is an interesting article by Forbes Education Russia on education in Russian generally, and IT education specifically. By Alexey Maleev, Forbes Education Contributor director for distance learning programs at MIPT, head of the coaching staff of the Russian national informatics team and originator of the RuCode festival Proginal publication date: 7 October 2020 Original source: Forbes Education The notion that the Russian IT industry is less developed than the Western one is now beginning to become a thing of the past. This, of course, applies not to the size of the market, but to the development of technologies, the Read more »

Published: March 1, 2021.

Early February Funding Update

Violence and women and girls A limited number of #grants are available to not-for-profit organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women acting to #endviolence against women and girls in England. Applications open online: 09:00am GMT on Tuesday 09th February 2021 Application Closes: 12 GMT (noon) on Friday 05th March 2021 Eligible Countries: England Eligible applicants: Income of between £75,000 and £10 million Funding Available: Applications between £30,000 to £250,000 for 12-15 months of service delivery from July 2021 to September 2022. See here for more details. Heritage Lottery Funding #HeritageLottery #grant #funding of between £3000 – £5 million Read more »

Published: February 11, 2021.

Research into supporting social enterprise

We’re happy to announce that Red Ochre is working with Svoe Delo Moscow, the Britsh Embassy in Moscow and social enterpises and universities in the UK and Russia to share learning and opportunities. Over the coming months we will be engaging with universtities, hubs and accelerators, and social entrepreneurs. Our aim is to understand and share the proven and innovative ways to support and develop social enterprises, creative businesses, sustainable and green enterprises and other responsible businesses and entrepreneurs. We will explore ways physical office and workspace, information sharing and networks, and other best practices play in the development of Read more »

Published: January 8, 2021.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prepare for objections

I recently read a piece on preparing for objections in sales pitches. It was a very simple summary I thought I’d share. The most common objections fall into four basic themes: Read more »

Published: January 28, 2020.

Need help making a video?

Chartity Comms has released a guide on making films for social change. If you’re not sure where to start have a look at the FilmKit guide for both theory and practical advice that’ll help get you started. View the guide and toolkit here. Read more »

Published: December 18, 2019.

4 ways music venues can increase revenues and avoid closure

As a consumer of live music I read this with interest. If you want to read the whole article visit the newbusiness website. The long and the short of it is: Make a brand out of your venue Use social media to engage your audience Actively programme Lastly, that catch-all “be creative”. Although a tad trite in places the general gist of the piece is practical and may well be useful for operators of smaller venues. Read more »

Published: December 4, 2019.

Jobseekers prefer ‘woke’ businesses, says survey

I saw this article on the People Management website and thought it was interesting. There’s been lots of talk for a long time about purpose driven businesses being a draw for new job seekers (Deloitte Millennial survey etc.) but much of the commentary has been anecdotal. This survey by the Henley Business School has some figures to back up the conclusions. For more details see the People Management website or the Henley Business School website. Read more »

Published: September 13, 2019.

Making waves in Tempo

Our project work in Java over the last six months has caught the attention of Tempo Magazine. Tempo is one of the largest circulation and best known weekly news and politics magazines in Indonesia. Read more »

Published: September 3, 2019.