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On 12 July 2011 - 3:18pm

There was something quite delicious in seeing a social enterprise newspaper (for me the Guardian with its ownership sitting with the Scott Trust is a social enterprise, however they describe themselves!) be value led, tenacious, committed, and ultimately seek to protect democracy and ensure that the laws of the land are applied to all, no matter what their position in our society.

I know the rolling news can become repetitive and as a result a wee bit tiresome, but let us never forget just how serious this piece of news is. It’s not about celebrities’ right to privacy being infringed. It’s not even about the appalling and unbelievable decisions made to invade the lives of families affected by dreadful crimes. It’s about a private company having vast influence, verging on control of our democracy, having been exposed.  Well done to The Guardian, Chris Bryant MP, Norman Fowler MP and Tom Watson MP – all of whom were ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 12 July 2011 - 2:34pm

The government launched their White Paper on Open Public Services yesterday. I spoke at the launch with John Cridland of the CBI in support of the principles of reform together with the PM.

I said that the PM probably did not know , but some 5 years previously , John and I had spoken at another event with the then PM Tony Blair when he was making a major speech on public services ( with the newly appointed Ed Miliband in the audience! )

I was making the point that reform is a journey, and their are major vested interests along the way who want to frustrate reform. To much amusement I used a rather apposite quote from Machiavelli.

"There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its ...more

On 12 July 2011 - 12:45pm

Last night’s RBS SE100 awards ceremony was a curious mixture of the positive and the sombre. Based on first impressions, this year’s report is a more valuable document than last year’s – which, in itself, was a useful starting point in terms of describing the current situation in the sector. Concerns, raised by a number of commentators, about whether it was useful to regard growth as an end in itself have been addressed.

This year’s growth award went to Cool2Care based on high ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 July 2011 - 1:00am

Addictions UK pays tribute to Betty Ford, founder of the Betty Ford Centre, who has died at the age of 93. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 July 2011 - 1:00am

Addictions UK pays tribute to Betty Ford, founder of the Betty Ford Centre, who has died at the age of 93. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 July 2011 - 12:00am

Addictions UK pays tribute to Betty Ford, founder of the Betty Ford Centre, who has died at the age of 93. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 12 July 2011 - 12:00am

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatments and is now expanding the range of Residential Opportunites too. ...more

On 11 July 2011 - 5:02pm

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

It’s okay to feel safe. In some ways, we need to feel safe as a launching pad, knowing that someone believes in us.  And from that harbor, we can and should launch into spectacular venues where we push ourselves out of our comfort zone. You will grow and be inspired in ways you could never imagine.  You inspire.

For those of you who dream and discover starting from shaky ground, you have a courage that will carry you through to new heights and insights.  You inspire!

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835.  In his writing, he presented an honest, yet satirical portrayal of antebellum south.  His criticisms of the south ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 11 July 2011 - 4:25pm

Speaking in East London this afternoon the Prime Minister launched the government’s long-awaited White Paper, Open Public Service, delayed from last autumn.

He said:

So let me tell you what our change looks like. It’s about ending the old big government, top-down way of running public services … releasing the grip of state control and putting power in people’s hands. The old dogma that said Whitehall knows best – it’s gone. There will be more freedom, more choice and more local control. Ours is a vision of open public services.

There’s coverage of the speech in the Guardian.

The Guardian also claims to have seen internal civil service documents released under FoI requests which indicate that the government is prepared to let schools and ...more

Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 11 July 2011 - 1:57pm


I was invited to be a keynote speaker at a recent RSA/Future Artists/Potico unconference on enterprise and the creative industries, and through discussions and debate with particpants there am beginning to think that the creative industries are actually quite dangerous...

after all, creativity demands that we challange our accepted (and comfortable) norms, expectations, knowledge and wisdom - manifestations of work from within the creative industries often cause upset, shock and dislike and so are often dismissed out of hand and not seen to be of value;

and maybe that's why in the UK we don't embrace the ...more