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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 4 November 2011 - 3:39pm

It's " the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" ( that's Shelley to non poetic blog readers ) ! And Charlbury is looking magnificent as you can see from the photos taken on my walk across to my favourite pub, The Plough in Finstock.

It's my birthday tomorrow; you can tell I'm a Guy Fawkes lad can't you ! So it's a long weekend and lunch in Kingham in the pub once graced ( disgraced perhaps more accurate) by the Chipping Norton set. I've had lots of these and not saying what my glorious age now is but I'm ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 4 November 2011 - 1:57pm


Editor's note: This post was written by Kate Petty, writer and editor at Ashoka Changemakers. Exoskeletons, prosthetic eyes, and an open-heart surgery tool controlled by an iPhone: Last week’s TEDMED 2011 conference delivered its trademark glimpse into the future of technology, medicine, and ideas.   Some of those technologies were so futuristic they felt like science fiction. The exoskeleton, demonstrated by a paraplegic man who walked across the stage, can be pulled on and worn like pair of pants. The artificial eyes are prosthetic retinas that require no surgery and have already given some sight back to blind lab rats. And the iPhone-controlled tool for open heart surgery? It’s a ...more

On 4 November 2011 - 1:14pm

In most cases, if a husband filing for divorce, followed up that action by asking his wife whether she’d be happy to hand over the family home to his mistress, it wouldn’t go down too well. Bearing that in mind, it’s probably not especially surprising that (according to reports on Social Enterprise) members of Rise, the sound to be disbanded social enterprise umbrella body for the south west of England, have voted against transferring the organisation’s remaining assets to controversial accreditation scheme, the Social Enterprise Mark.

It’s quite possible that some of the members may now question whether Rise should have devoted less of its energies to ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 4 November 2011 - 12:58pm

Social enterprises and third sector organisations involved in delivering programmes under Birmingham’s Working Neighbourhoods Fund may be interested to know that the evaluation documents are now available on the Birmingham City Council website here.

Thanks to Judy Tullett at Castle Vale TRA for the pointer to this.

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On 4 November 2011 - 12:31pm

A big day is coming up for me. I will shortly make a planned exit from the chair at VoiceAbility. This will end a rollercoaster ride that started in a hired room at Cambridge YMCA in 1994 and ended with a multi-million pound social enterprise that touches thousands of lives every year.

I ended up as chair following a merger that saw the other side's chief executive brought in to lead the new organisation. A good choice, as it turned out. He has performed brilliantly, along with his team. While we couldn't be more different as people, we have functioned well as chair and chief executive. In 18 months together, we have got the organisation growing again after the stresses and strains of merger.

So what is the secret to a successful chair-chief executive relationship? I would point to three key areas.
The first is there has to be trust - no skulduggery, no games. As chair, you are the chief executive's public champion and private cheerleader. But you are also the ...more

Posted By Charity Bank Blog
On 4 November 2011 - 11:58am

This week has seen the publication of new guidance on investment for charity trustees from the Charity Commission.  The new embodiment of CC14 is entitled Charities and Investment Matters:  A guide for trustees and lays out clearly a number of different investment types. The document provides details and examples of Programme Related Investments (PRIs) and [...] ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 4 November 2011 - 10:43am

An update to the information in BSSEC’s really useful guide to support for social enterprises (see the sticky post on the home page), Colebridge Communications now offers websites from just £500 (+vat).  We now offer 3 options – Starter, Main Course and Full A La carte.

Our Starter sites provide organisations with the essentials for an effective online presence.  Built with a simple Content Management system, they are easy to update, need no specialist skills or software and are able to grow with your organisation.  Give me a call on 0121 770 8222 or email me at


Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 4 November 2011 - 9:51am

And ACEVO is that bridge! One of the most crucial services we provide is support, advice and comradeship to individual CEOs. It's core to our mission, and although less well publicised than our policy and advocacy work it can make a real difference.

It is a sign of the times that ACEVO's CEO in crisis service is experiencing a sharp rise. Yesterday, for example , Jenny Berry, our ACEVO North Director who handles this service had to deal with 4 CEOs facing major crisis. One running an organisation that is going out of business, and the others where there is appalling governance that is incapable of coping with the challenge of cuts, and where trustees are not working effectively with their CEOs ( indeed abusing them).

This is not going to get better. I met with a group of my ACEVO members in Manchester on Wednesday at the great Lesbian and Gay Foundation there ( led by the dynamic and experienced CEO Paul Martin ).

One member was facing the challenge of a ...more

Posted By Community Money
On 4 November 2011 - 9:16am

Today meeting Southern Housing to review the recent training of 20+ Community Money Advocates and discuss placing graduates as trainee volunteer debt advisers with Southern, local credit unions and other agencies. Southern asked us to deliver the training as part of their Back to Work programme. Gaining control of money and debt is especially important as people seek to transition back into work. ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 3 November 2011 - 7:50pm

It’s been one of those weeks so, without any apology or naming names, I’m going to have a moan!

I’m fed up of finding examples of organisations that promote the idea off supporting local businesses or social enterprises or even the local flipping sheriff, who then go and do the exact opposite when it comes to web, print, park benches, video or anything else we supply and buy from a supplier outside the locallity or outside the sector.

Come on folk, practice what you preach or, at the very least, give us a shot at the business!

As you can tell, we didn’t get the business I was hoping for from a certain “we are committed to supporting local business, believe in the value of social enterprise” outfit. Didn’t even get to sniff it. Straight out to a private sector organisation that’s not even close to being local.

There, I feel better for that and its not aimed at you – that is unless you are a social enterprise that’s just bought something from a private ...more