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December 2013-Newsletter








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Red Ochre News for 2013

Red Ochre continue to be recognized as experts in the sector and during 2013 were once more invited to be involved in a number of social enterprise competitions and awards as judges. Click to find out more about our work with Santander, the British Chambers of Commerce and the RSA.

Get Seville Project

Congratulations to Martin Cooper for working hard to make our European green job placement programme Get Seville an exemplar of its type. Read more here.

There are still a couple of places left for a placement on the scheme from January - April, but these will go very quickly! We are looking for a marketing intern for the National Scientific Research Council in Spain and a Part 2 architect for a large sustainable architecture practice. Applicants should send a CV and email to Martin asap. If you can’t do January, look out for another 10 placements starting in April.

Our work overseas

Over the last year we have continued to spread our wings overseas to spread the good word on social enterprise and blended value businesses. We have visited Beijing, Amsterdam, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Utrecht and Tianjin.  

We have also continued to strengthen our links with South Korea. In the last 12 months we have received and entertained six official delegations from South Korea. The various delegations have included senior civil servants from central government, representatives from city administrations and social enterprise practitioners.

To read more about what we did, how we did it and the impact it's had click here.  

Audience numbers

Audience numbers for people attending workshops, seminars and conferences that Red Ochre ran or spoke at exceeded 4,500 for 2013 – a new record for us.

Resources and Tools

Top tips on how to grow your business

Robert and Sabina Ali founder of luxury womenswear label Sabina Motasem, have shared their top tips on how to write a winning business strategy. This is a summary of the session they gave on 29th November at the Business Start-up Show at Olympia, London.

Sabina increased her sales by 400% by implementing an effective strategy, which she created while on the Innovating for Growth programme. Get your top tips now.

Lord Mayor’s Appeal toolkit released

The City Of London Corporation has launched a pioneering guide with practical advice on how the private and social sectors can work together to address social challenges. Click here to learn more about the Joining Forces: a good practice guide for corporate community partnerships.

New digital technology report finds heritage creating content but not raising revenue

Heritage organisations are producing more work specifically for the digital environment than their cultural peers but are less likely to report a major positive impact on their revenues from digital technologies. Click here for more detail or to download the report.

Support for our clients

Over the last year we became members of, and providers for, the Co-operative Enterprise Hub, The Big Assist, The National Enterprise Network, and formalised our relationship with Crowdfunder and PeopleFundIt.

Don't forget we are also able to help high growth innovative businesses and potentially social enterprises in East and West London.

Client News

It's been a year of great business development, increased sales and large scale impact for many of our clients. To find out more about the successes and great work our clients click here.

Here is some client news from this month.

The Ethical Property Foundation

Jo Taylor, Chief Executive of Red Ochre client the Ethical Property Foundation, is leaving after eight successful growing the foundation into one of the preeminent charities in the sector.

In our last meeting together she was gracious in her praise. “Robert of Red Ochre was recommended to the Foundation in 2011 to advise on income diversification strategies.Two years on, the Foundation has just completed its first full year of consultancy work – in which we have earned over 20% of our income from consultancy.
I found Robert thought provoking, insightful and fun to work with.” Read more here.

Chess in Schools

Well done to an old friend of ours, Peter Mant of Chess in Schools and Communities. Peter is involved in a research project with the Institute of Education to teach Year 5 students chess during curriculum time and see at the end of the year if their grades have exceeded expectations. To read more about what Peter is doing in inner London schools click here.

Hammersmith & Fulham Brilliant Business Awards 2013

Congratulations to Elisicia Moore and her team for winning the Best Creative Business. Petit Miracle Interiors a social enterprise and long time client of Red Ochre won the award on the 7th of November at a ceremony in Bush Hall Shepherds Bush.

Charlie Raworth, the joint owner of Bush Hall and the Bush Diner, another enterprise that has been assisted by Red Ochre, won the Entrepreneur of the year award – congratulations to him too.

Transitions CIC

Transitions CIC provide inclusive workforce services. Their aim is to contribute to an equitable skilled jobs market, with particular reference to highly skilled refugees. They tell us that it’s been a good but challenging year, with increasing numbers of employers engaging but still a long list of candidates who we’re looking for internships for, engineers in particular. To find out more or to discuss taking on a highly skilled and motivated intern visit Transitions.


Charities: Do you want to enhance your digital storytelling?  

The Social Media Exchange takes place on Monday 27th January and is a series of bitesized interactive masterclasses, practical creative surgeries and networking opportunities to help charities navigate the changing media landscape - both on and offline - and exploit the opportunities available to tell your stories. For further information and to book a place go to Social Media Exchange.





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