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May 2014-Newsletter


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Featured in this month's newsletter:


Resources and funding opportunities

SE UK health and social value programme

Are you a local authority, CCG, community or social enterprise working in health? Looking to provide more social value in your health and care commissioning and delivery?

Funded by the Department for Health the programme provides free bespoke support for areas to implement the Public Services (Social Value) Act though collaboration between the public sector and local voluntary and community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in the arena of health and care commissioning and delivery.

Applications are now open for the second round of the SE UK health and social value programme.

Fancy a change to pitch to John Lewis?

As part of PitchUp project Popup Britian have teamed up with John Lewis Partnership to offer start-ups the chance to get their products in front of top retail buyers.

This year, John Lewis is looking for “great ideas to make customers’ lives easier and more enjoyable”. Entrants are welcome across Homewares, Clothing, Beauty and Electricals, and of particular interest this year are personalised gifts and fashion accessories.

Up to 12 finalists will be selected to pitch their products to a buying panel on August 1st 2014. Each will receive individual feedback on their product and pitch, as well as a follow up mentoring session with the Buyer.

Find out more.

Growth Vouchers

Robert Foster and Uday Thakkar are both registered to provide support under the government Growth Vouchers Programme. This programme provides matched funding up to £2,000 to pay for expert advice on a range of business topics.

Click here to find out about eligibility and the application process.

Invitation to Market Warming Events for the Provision of Integrated Youth Work in Islington

Are you an entrepreneurial, commercially-minded service provider who understands young people and is interested in working with them to create exciting, new and innovative out-of-school opportunities to support their journey through adolescence and into successful adult life? 

Islington Council is interested in hearing from individual service providers and consortia with a range of expertise who have the appetite and vision to work with the council to take its universal youth offer into an innovative and dynamic new phase. Providers or consortia will be required to demonstrate their ability to support young people through developing and delivering a creative and modern offer of youth work and will need to have a proven experience of operating medium sized public buildings and developing commercial offers from them.

Briefing events will be held on:

Tuesday, 24 June 2pm to 3.30pm
Thursday, 26 June 10am to 11.30am
Friday, 27 June 2pm to 3.30pm

If you would like to secure a place at one of the above events and be informed about further developments please contact us at Islington Young People or Luisa Mattausch.

Social Enterprise Awards

2014 nominations are now open. Applications close on 11th July 2014.

Click here for more information.

Client News


Stickyboard have raised 88% of their £50,000 target. Three are only 14 days to go.

To find out more or to invest click here.


We are happy to be able to tell you autodotbiography, a successful and growing client of Red Ochre has been nominated by 50+ Awards for 'Best Website 50+.'

To vote for autodotbiography click here.

Ms Cup Cake

Business Matters magazine profiles Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cup Cake.

To hear Mellissa speaking about the programme and some of the help she received watch the video here.


Embedding innovation in your enterprise
4th July 10:15-12:15 at the City Business Library.

Click here for more details and to book.

Strategic Finance Workshop: Understanding the requirements to secure appropriate finance

Do you need investment in your business? Uday Thakkar will explain the finance pool – the different sources of finance and how best to access them. Don’t let the numbers drive you mad, Uday will look at budgets & forecasts, understanding profit & loss accounts and the balance sheets. There are financial tools for improved decision making and better managing your business. He will also consider risk and perceived risk for investment.

Date, time and venue: 4 June 2014 from 10:00 to 12:00, City Business Library. 

Visit eventbrite to book.

Red Ochre News

SIP Singapore

To see photos of Uday on his recent social enterprise tour of Malaysia and click here.

GET Seville interns getting green economy experience

The final group of participants on our GET Seville programme are now in Seville. Ten adventurous individuals are half way through their placements working at community allotments, sustainable architects, an environmental education centre, water engineering and science communications and research.

To find out more and see who's who in the group click here.





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