From:                              Robert at Red Ochre []

Sent:                               08 May 2014 14:59

To:                                   Robert Foster

Subject:                          News, training and resources


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May 2014-Newsletter


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Featured in this month's newsletter:


News and support

£50K 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.

Read more.

Amazing Support Available for Unemployed Women Starting a Food Business

An exciting 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

For more information about JUF contact Kim via email or phone on 020-7266-0636.

EU Funding for innovative SMEs

The SME 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).

Read more.


Well done to Martin Cooper, Red Ochre stalwart, who has been made a Chartered Geographer.

Singapore Masterclass

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).

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Social 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.

Read more.

Client news

Stickyboard crowdfunding campaign

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 help.

To be a part of the growth story, help local communities and secure a solid investment look at their pitch on crowdcube or youtube.

Latimer Cretive Media release social media guides

Latimer Creative 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.

Radio Studio for Hire

London Chinese Radio (aka London Huayu) have a studio available for short, or long-term hire. Here is the advert they are currently circulating.

Read more.


Setting up a Social Enterprise

With capitalism 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.

Read more.

Managing 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 information.

Crowd Funding for Charities

Uday Thakkar 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 introductory workshop.

Read more.


Commissioning 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 find helpful.

Read more.

The importance of tacit knowledge

Read Robert's commentary on Strategy-business article "Tacit knowledge".  Agree, or disagree?

Read more.





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