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investment and mentoring support
Looking for £50k investment and corporate mentoring support for your
early stage social business? Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm
of the Big Issue, has opened a second round of its Corporate Social
Venturing (CSV) programme. Twenty teams are sought for an intensive
mentoring programme. At the end, 10 finalists will be chosen to receive
an investment of up to £50,000 each, as well as on-going support.
Support Available for Unemployed Women Starting a Food Business
programme has started to support unemployed women in London to start a
food business. Thinking of starting a restaurant, food stall, supper club,
catering business or food production? Joined Up Food is here to inspire and
support unemployed women in London to start a food business. The
project is run as a partnership between Maida Hill Place and PDT/Westminster
Enterprise Centre, funded by an RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise Grant
and Westminster City Council. Support offered includes Business coaching,
Food industry seminars, Test trading awards, Incubation kitchen and shelf
space, Events such as pop up restaurants, book and product launches, and
participate in a food festival
information about JUF contact Kim via email or phone on 020-7266-0636.
Funding for innovative SMEs
Instrument – the most complete funding programme for the European private
sector in recent years is open. The programme addresses internationally
orientated SMEs across different industries and supports the
implementation of highly innovative ideas with relevant market
potential. Support shall be given to projects with a European dimension,
leading to radical changes in their business sector, products,
processes, services, marketing, etc).
Well done to Martin Cooper, Red Ochre stalwart, who
has been made a Chartered Geographer.
In early April
Uday ran a masterclass for social entrepreneurs in Singapore in
partnership with the Social Innovation Park, Singapore. Themed around
recent trends in social enterprise the interactive workshop introduced
the audience to the Social Business Model Canvas that Red Ochre
has created to help create sustainable models for social economy
organisations. (Based on the Business Model Canvas).
Enterprise in Malaysia
Uday ran a 3 day
workshop in Kuala Lumpur on behalf of the British Council Malaysia. The
Entrepreneurs for Good competition, co-sponsored by Arthur Guinness
Projects, ran a national competition to identify innovative projects that
have a social or environmental impact. Twelve finalists attended the
workshops facilitated by Uday Thakkar.
Long time friend
and client of Red Ochre, Stickyboard, is looking to raise £50,000 to
support its growth. They’re almost half way there – and they need your
To be a part of the growth story, help local communities and secure a
solid investment look at their pitch on crowdcube or youtube.
Cretive Media release social media guides
Media have recently made available online guides to effectively using
social media. The guides How to use social media are downloadable from
their website. Our favourite at Red Ochre is the guide to twetiquette.
Read more at the Latimer website.
Studio for Hire
Radio (aka London Huayu) have a studio available for short, or long-term
hire. Here is the advert they are currently circulating.
up a Social Enterprise
under intense scrutiny there is a deep felt desire for a New Business
Model. The requirements of fixing social and environmental disparities
and yet create wealth has led to global interest in Social Enterprise at
government and ground roots level, yet few people can explain what this
is and what it stands for.
supply chains for entrepreneurs and owner-managers
UCL Advances and
Robert Foster of Red Ochre are delivering a full day interactive workshop
on Managing Supply Chains for entrepreneurs and owner-managers. Topics
covered include: Understanding supply chains, Tools and frameworks
to understand supply chains, Exploring supply chains, and Practical
implications for your business Venue.
Red Ochre is pleased to be able to offer a 50% discount on the course.
Just enter ‘Ochre’ on the eventbrite booking page and you will be able to
access the discounted Standard ticket.
Click the Eventbrite page to book or for more
Funding for Charities
will run a 1 hour workshop at the DSC May Fayre – 22nd May Crowdfunding
is big news. What is it? Why are people so excited by it? Is it really
something new? How can it help charities? How can you harness the power
of crowds? What are the pitfalls? This and much more is explored in this
and Procurement Top Tips
After several years
of helping Social Enterprises & SMEs get contracts, and assisting
Local Authorities let contracts, here are some top tips I think you might
importance of tacit knowledge
commentary on Strategy-business article "Tacit knowledge".
Agree, or disagree?