For award-winning youth media charity, Exposure, innovation comes from two main sources, the young people they work with and the creative people who approach the organisation with ideas for projects. Exposure creates the environment for innovation, and then works with partners to make it happen… The first in a series of stories of social innovation that I’ve written for NCVO, featuring my former employers, Exposure.
The 62,000-68,000 figure is particularly annoying because its public use is so comically disconnected from its factual basis. Even if it’s impossible to define social enterprise into one neat answer, is it really too much for sector leaders and politicians to be consistent about what they mean when they talk about them?.. My latest mythbusting column for The Guardian‘s Social Enterprise Network on the ongoing and deeply spurious official claims that there are 68,000 social enterprises in the UK.
On Thursday (24th), I’m one of the panellists for The Challenge Of Measuring Social Impact event at The Hub Westminster. The organisers have asked us to blog our thoughts in the run up to the event, so these are my initial responses to the questions we’ll be attempting to answer on the night – although obivously I can’t promise not to have changed my mind by Thursday.
My fellow panelist, Dr Pathik Pathak, has already blogged some of his thoughts.
What is social impact and how can it be measured, does it influence funding decisions and how do small organisations with limited resources manage to do this?
For social enterprises and social ...more
Another new year comes around and, with tedious inevitably, the social enterprise definition debate rears its many heads. The trigger for the latest exchanges is the fact that, shortly before the Christmas break, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, fulfilled his duty under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and came up with a definition for social enterprise.
As reported previously, a relatively insignificant side dish amidst Andrew Lansley’s 18 month-long legislative dog’s dinner was the decision that contracts to run the new bodies set-up to scrutinize health and social care under the act, local ...more
In a recent post, I responded to a talk from Andy Benson, of campaign group National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA), on the group’s opposition to the role of social enterprises in the privatisation of public services. The concerns raised by the NCIA are expanded on in this blog post from Dr Simon Duffy, director of The Centre for Welfare Reform.
According to Duffy: “currently in the UK, we are seeing the most significant direct attack on the rights and conditions of the poor and of disabled people. By 2015 spending on services for disabled ...more
Do you like the idea of new and existing social enterprise being given £100 milllion to enable them to deliver health and social care services? If your answer to this question is ‘yes’ you’ll probably feel that the Department of Health’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) has been pretty successful.
This is the one sentence description of what SEIF was set up to do is: “The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) was set up in 2007 to stimulate the role of social enterprise in health and social care, through providing investment to help new social enterprises start up and existing social enterprises grow and improve their services.”
SEIF investments between 2007 and 2011 clearly did stimulate the role of social enterprises in health and social care but, based ...more
Unlike Salesforce — who were quite genuinely using the term to describe something else entirely — there are plenty of companies in the UK who claim to be trading for a social purpose but are not what many of us would regard as ‘real social enterprises’… My latest mythbusting column for The Guardian‘s Social Enterprise Network on why social entrepreneurs shouldn’t waste time worrying about ‘bogus social enterprises’.
Social enterprises are getting bigger, they’re growing more slowly than last year and they still receive eight times as much income in grants and donations as they generate in profits. Those are the three key messages from this RBS SE100 index.
The SE100 is a list of the top 100 fasted growing established social enterprises – those that have been trading for three years or more – with separate awards for those organisations that are best at demonstrating social impact and newcomers trading for less than three years. It’s generated from a self-selecting but pretty big, in depth, sample of UK social enterprises, carried out behalf of Matter & Co, formerly publishers of ...more
Potentially interesting developments loom for Community Interest Companies (CICs) after the CIC Regulator launched a review of the CIC dividend cap last week. CICs were introduced as new legal form by the then Labour government in 2005. There are now over 7000 of them with umbrella group, the CIC Association, reporting over 100 new registrations each month.
As Civil Society explains: “Currently, community interest companies (CIC) dividend pay-outs are capped at 20 per cent of the initial investment. There is also an aggregate cap of 35 per cent on all distributable profit of a CIC. The consultation launched this week asks if the cap on ...more
To Northampton last Monday for Seminar 1 in a series of seminars collectively known as Reconstructing Social Enterprise. The aim of the series is: ‘to establish a multidisciplinary group of international academics and practitioners approaching the field of social enterprise from a critical yet sympathetic perspective’.
Alongside a series of interesting academic presentations, the practitioner contributing to the seminar was Andy Benson, Director of the National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) and his presentation ‘Social enterprise as a smokescreen for the Privatisation of Public Services’ did something at least roughly approximate to what it said on the tin.
Benson provided a considered and articulate outline of ...more