Uday’s Blog

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 »

Published: April 26, 2019.

Negotiation Skills – a universal requirement: five top tips

Uday has shared his top five tops for negotiation ahead of his upcoming training course – Negotiation Skills, for the Directory of Social Change. The top tips are: Read more »

Published: February 1, 2019.

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 »

Published: January 30, 2019.

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.

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.

WeAlmaty

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.