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 […]

Don’t headbutt time; do get a bra that fits – new interviews

Advice for social entrepreneurs from Pam Warhurst, founder of Incredible Edible: “don’t headbutt time.” And an interview with Lucy May Lingerie founders, Natalie Mosley and Paula Walsh, and with Plot44 Chair, Mark Ramsell. New radio show podcast.

Latest employment law update and a social enterprise screenprinter

Interviews with a HR law expert, Jay Bhayani, and Mark, James and Terry from a social enterprise, Printed By us.

Investors with a difference: Campus Capital interview

There’s a problem in venture capital. In the UK, VC-ready startups gravitate to where the money is: London (and to some extent Cambridge and Oxford). That’s led to a “tech funding gap in the North of England” – risking a brain drain of businesses seeking investment away from northern cities. Plus, VC decision makers invest […]

Don’t get beat by the heat – but do save water and cash

What does the law have to say about workplace temperatures? Jay Bhayani explained on this week’s Business Live radio show, which also featured an interview with Melvyn Davenport, inventor of water saving device Watflo, and Colette Wymer, chair of the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network. Listen to the podcast here.

Renewable energy finance platform gets business award

09.07.2013 In March this year I organised, programmed and chaired a national conference, TownFunder, for client Action for Market Towns / TownsAlive. The event showed delegates from towns (and cities) how they could benefit from innovative new routes to fundraise, including crowdfunding and community share issues. So I was interested to learn that community finance […]

Santander social enterprise development awards open

[I have no connection with Santander; simply posting this as some of you may be interested in applying!] The Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards, which aim to “support community enterprises looking to grow and develop their business in order to improve their local community through critical social outcomes,” are open for entries until 1st July […]