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Social Enterprise Coalition unveils new name and visual identity

The Social Enterprise Coalition has unveiled its new visual identity and has started trading under its new name, Social Enterprise UK.

Social_Enterprise_UK250_250.jpgThe organisation changed its name and identity to better reflect its role as the national body for social enterprise and better represent the UK’s social enterprise movement. The team, based in London’s Old Street, worked with creative brand agency Spencer Dubois to create the new brand, which will be gradually rolled out over the summer, starting with the release of  Fightback Britain – a report on the largest analysis of the UK’s social enterprise sector.

Take No Offence - THE Criminal Justice Conference

Thursday 24th November 2011, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Organiser: No-Offence CIC

‘Moving Forward, Embracing Change’

The criminal justice conference with a DIFFERENCE!

Hosted by Author and Public Speaker ‘Shaun Attwood’

To cut crime, we need to be far more successful at getting prisoners to go straight after serving their sentence. We must learn from past mistakes.’  The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Making Change - social entrepreneurship within the creative and cultural industries

Thursday 10th November 2011, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

 A one-day conference organised by the Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Encatc.


Social Firms UK CEO to step down

The board of Social Firms UK have announced they have reluctantly accepted the resignation of CEO, Sally Reynolds, who will step down at the end of the year. Sally has been committed to the sector since the inception of Social Firms UK in 1999 and as co-founder has worked tirelessly to champion fair employment opportunities for the most disadvantaged in society.

Reynolds stated “Social Firms UK is at a very exciting point in its development as an organisation. We have a highly capable, competent and committed staff team and a strong board – because of this I have no qualms about handing the reins over to someone else to lead it into the future. Unfortunately, exceptional personal circumstances means that I am no longer in a position to continue in this full time post.”

ClearlySo Annual Social Business Conference

Tuesday 11th October 2011, 7:30am - 5:00pm
Organiser: ClearlySo

 ClearlySo, Europe’s largest Social Business Angel Network, will celebrate Social Enterprise in all its forms in its annual Social Business Conference on 11th October. The theme for 2011 is ‘All Shapes & Sizes’, reflected in the diversity of the speaker line-up which boasts Kingfisher Chief Exec Ian Cheshire; Sir Torquil Norman, Founder of Camden’s Roundhouse Trust; former JP Morgan Head of Research Nick O’Donohoe, now Government Advisor to the Big Society Bank and Sinclair Beecham of Pret a Manger. International speakers include the CEOs of microfinance leaders babyloan (France), (Germany) and Bosnia (MiBospo).

3rd International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC)

Tuesday 13th September 2011 - Thursday 15th September 2011
Organiser: Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School London South Bank University The Open University

The 2010 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC) is an open conference that brings together scholars from around the globe to discuss the role of innovation in social businesses, social movements, not-for-profits, state actors, and the broader social economy.

During the conference you will have the opportunity engage in discussions on the following themes:

- Governance of hybrids - Work Integration Social Enterprises - Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - Social Entrepreneurship across regions - Measuring impact and performance - Public policy and social innovation - Social innovation and the voluntary sector - Resource acquisition and finance - Public service delivery - Partnerships and hybrids

ISIRC is hosted by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s Saїd Business School, London South Bank University and The Open University

New data shows social enterprises are outperforming the rest of the UK economy

 Social enterprises are outperforming the rest of the UK economy in terms of growth, according to the RBS SE1001 Index unveiled at an event in London this week.

According to the index, which was set up to track the performance of the sector in the UK, the top 100 social enterprises in the index grew on average by 91% (compared to 79% last year).

Meanwhile, the total combined revenue of the top 100 enterprises on the index grew by 51% and the revenue growth of all those on the index who submitted figures was 14%. This compares well with revenue growth of the FTSE 100 in 20103, which was around 5%. It also compares well against the fastest recorded growth period of UK SMEs4 (in 2006) when their revenue growth was 8.4%.

This year a total of 409 social enterprises entered the RBS SE100 Index and 18 organisations were shortlisted across three awards.


The Growing Business Awards are now open for nominations!

The most established and prestigious programme recognising UK entrepreneurs and growing businesses is now open for entries. This year's awards have moved to a new level. The Growing Business Awards will still honour the UK's top entrepreneurs and SMEs, but we've also: