Can social enterprise still take the moral high ground? [Guest blog]

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Jonathan Coburn from Social Value Lab reflects on the evidence arising from recent studies into social enterprise and socially responsible business behaviours in Scotland. Business, for better or worse No matter what your views on the ‘business’ community are, there’s certainly no way to ignore it. There are an estimated 361,345 private sector businesses operating […]

Social Enterprise in 2016 – Ecosystem or Infrastructure? [Guest blog]

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Rachael McCormack reflects on the social enterprise model as she departs Highlands and Islands Enterprises. What do you think of when you hear the word ecosystem? I’m taken back to Mr Bennett, my rather shy, rather nervous biology teacher who introduced me as a reluctant pupil to this term – and the words I still […]

The Times They Are A-Changing…

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Will ‘for-profit’ firms change social enterprise for better or worse? The Mile-High-City of Denver, Colorado has a rarified atmosphere and a reputation for doing things differently. Originally a mining outpost during the Colorado Gold Rush, it has always attracted pioneers, including social entrepreneurs. Denver’s SAME (So That All May Eat) Cafe with its ‘pay-what-you-can’ policy […]

Struggling with pricing your services?

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In Scotland, Third Sector organisations predominantly trade in services, rather than products and this creates challenges for many who do not apply an adequate costing system to their services. If we do not know the full cost of our services how can we possibly set a price for them? A robust costing system does not […]

Twitter versus Facebook – Part 3

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Is Facebook right for my Social Enterprise? In our series “Is Social Media relevant to Social Enterprise?” we turn our attention to Facebook to discuss where it develops brand awareness and improves income streams.  What can Facebook do for me? Facebook now claims 1.35 billion active monthly users, fractionally under the population of China (1.37 billion), […]

Remaining ahead of the game [tender writing support]

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So your contact at the Council phoned you 6 months ago and told you that the service your social enterprise has been delivering for the last 5 years through service level agreement is going to be competitively tendered.  “Ok” you thought  “nothing will change for a few months, I’ve got plenty of time and anyway […]

3 easy ways to build your social enterprise

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Traditional marketing is increasingly ineffective Marketing can be intrusive: TV adverts when you’re watching your favourite game show, cold-calls from kitchen and PPI sales staff; and spurious hard copy mail when you’ve been working on your green credentials. Time is precious. People ruthlessly block interruptions through Caller ID; employ gatekeepers at work, and develop an […]

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