Kate Welch: resilience, sustainability and social enterprise success

Business Live radio show 22 06 2018 imageKate Welch is founder and CEO of Social Enterprise Acumen, a community interest company (CIC) which supports social entrepreneurs to develop their concepts or grow their businesses.

She joined me for an extensive radio interview on this morning’s show – and the podcast is below. It’s crammed with great advice for leaders of businesses and social enterprises.

Kate covers:

  • Acumen’s work and the most common challenges Kate and her team help clients to solve
  • balancing the delivery of public sector contracts with the need for positive cashflow
  • social investment: do impact investors understand social enterprises’ needs?
  • the vital importance of developing resilience for social entrepreneurs, including advice on separating problems from solutions
  • public recognition and awards (Kate’s been awarded the MBE for services to social enterprise and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion) – do they help?
  • the difference between budgeting with wishful thinking and realistic financial planning covering best and worst case scenarios
  • tips on how to decide whether to bid for contracts, and if you do, how to put together an excellent bid
  • her voluntary work with Girl Guiding and some of the skills and aptitudes this organisation develops in girls and young women (did you know girl guides are incredible sales people?)
  • her long-held love for Sheffield having spent time studying physics at University in the city



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