Alpkit: the huge impact of small grants, share offer success and sustainability

An interview with David Hanney, CEO of outdoor equipment manufacturer and retailer Alpkit, plus business and social enterprise funding opportunities and two book recommendations. David covers Alpkit’s Foundation, funded by the business and making small grants with huge impacts; Alpkit’s astonishing share offer success this week; the firm’s commitment to sustainability and its journey to […]

Episode 300! Fay Selvan, Big Life group – supporting Big Issue North vendors and advice for social entrepreneurs

Fay Selvan, Big Life group – supporting Big Issue North vendors and advice for social entrepreneurs

How the Virtual Ticket Bank is reducing isolation plus face-masks for the NHS with Blatchford

A social enterprise which has totally overhauled its service, to improve people’s mental wellbeing by allowing them access to online events and resources. Plus an interview with Sheffield prosthetics manufacturer, Blatchford, which has converted its facilities to make face masks to help protect frontline NHS staff.

Period equality, menstrual health and social change: Emily Wilson and Calum Smith, Irise

Irise is a global leader in menstrual health programming, research, advocacy and policy development, transforming peoples’ lives through period equality. It works in the UK and East Africa and this wide ranging interview covers Irise’s mission to create a world where people can realise their potential unlimited by their periods, through its research, partnerships, advocacy and programmes.

Louis Speight: from zero-hours frustration to sport social enterprise for record-breaking athlete

Omnis Circumvado is a specialist sports coaching company which gives inclusive opportunities to people with complex needs. The business works with children and young people in SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools and with elderly people in day centres. When launching a social enterprise “the house will set on fire,” says Louis: it’s not always plain sailing. But that determination along with careful planning paid off and Omnis is now thriving as Louis describes in this episode.

Ken Dunn: saving and changing lives with Wonderbags, Trees and Africa’s Gift

A simple invention which is already saving and changing lives, and a discussion about how businesses, social enterprises and people are making bigger contributions to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals than Governments.

Sneaky learning opportunities with stratospheric social entrepreneur, Kisha Bradley

Bright Box creates playful spaces for people to explore technology, engineering and arts with the help of role models. Founder Kisha Bradley explains how this fantastic social enterprise has scaled up over the past two years.

Hedge fund honcho and sustainable kitchen magnate prove businesses can make world better

Proof that businesses can make the world better with environmental and social responsibility at their core – and advice for values-driven business leaders.

Great habits, great results: Carl Konadu, 2-3 Degrees (interview)

Carl Konadu is the Co-founder and CEO of 2-3 Degrees, a personal development training company (and social enterprise) whose aim is to equip young people with practical skills for life beyond the classroom.

Kresse Wesling: business shouldn’t be psychopathic, sustainable luxury and an open-source solar forge

The circular economy, being a B-Corp, embedding values throughout every decision, and making a positive impact in a largely destructive industry.