Struggling with pricing your services?

Posted in: Blog, Business Support.

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 […]

Is social media relevant to social enterprise (part 2)

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In part 1 we asked the question is social media relevant to social enterprise? Today we continue our series on what social media means, and explain how it can help you. What social media platforms are available? There are literally hundreds of social media platforms in cyberspace from Facebook to Google+, Blogster to Twitter. Even the […]

In a blaze of glory

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As Glasgow saw firefighters battling to save two of its historic buildings; Glasgow School of Art, an iconic building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1897-1909) and Broomloan Road Primary School, now disused but in its heyday attended by the likes of football manager, Sir Alex Ferguson; we were overwhelmed by the support and memories shared from well-wishers […]

Values make a good partnership

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Big Issue Invest Scotland, a new joint venture between Big Issue Invest (the social investment arm of The Big Issue) and our community development finance institution, DSL Business Finance has been established to provide social investment and loan finance to social enterprises, social ventures and Third Sector organisations in Scotland, offering loans from £3,000 to £1.5m and […]

Is social media relevant to social enterprise?

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Innovation is key to success! The growth of social enterprise is perhaps one of the most encouraging beacons to shine from Scotland in recent years. With government support, social entrepreneurs have traded on their passions with the pay-off making a real difference to the Scottish economy. But skills and endeavour alone don’t always lead to […]

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