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How to Run a Business with Values: Course in York

 This practical, comprehensive six module course will give you the tools you need to start, grow and run a successful social enterprise.

The modules are all standalone, so you can complete them all or select the most appropriate ones for you.

Download the brochure below or visit the website


Social Innovation Tournament - Deadline 21st March

The EIB Institute is organising the fourth edition of its Social Innovation Tournament.

The Social Innovation Tournament promotes the generation of innovative ideas and rewards initiatives that fight against social exclusion.

It covers projects in a wide range of fields – from education, health care and the natural or urban environments, to new technologies, new systems and new processes.

All projects compete for a General Category 1st and 2nd Prize of EUR 25 000 and EUR 10 000 respectively.

Projects addressing the topic of equal opportunities with a special emphasis on people with disabilities will also compete for the Special Category Prize of EUR 25 000.

Further awards include vouchers entitling a number of projects and their teams to benefit from subsequent coaching/mentoring services.

National Recycling Awards 2015 - Deadline Extended

The entry deadline has been extended for National Recycling Awards 2015.

There is still plenty of time to complete your submissions as entries now close on Friday 20 February.

No matter what size your business, or the projects you work on, this is your opportunity to get your achievements recognised by the whole industry and the UK's leading waste and recycling publication.

If you need any help with your entries, please call James Dennison on 020 3033 2954 or email him at

For more information, click here

Acas Age Audit Tool - Do You Treat Older Workers Fairly?

ACAS have launched an online tool to help you address age discrimination in the workplace.

The Acas Age Audit Tool can:

  • Assess what your employees think about age issues in their workplace and your organisations' approaches and policies
  • Help address any risks or issues that could potentially lead to future discrimination claims
  • Create a firm foundation for your policies, practices and future direction

Age and discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees because of their age.

The removal of the default retirement age in 2011 means that employers are now managing the older worker and also their expectations in the workplace moving forward.

Acas and Coventry University have developed this Age Audit Tool to help organisations assess their employee's attitudes towards age and age related issues in their workplace.

arc is Open for Business

arc, Business in the Community’s social enterprise support programme, is open for applications (deadline to apply is 27/02).

The support menu includes: expert business leaders for advice and project delivery, profiling and new business opportunities and subsidised social impact consultancy, training and premises.

Who is it for? Ambitious social enterprises creating employment in East and West London that want to grow their business. Register your interest here.

European Social Innovation Competition 2015 Launches in March

The launch of the 2015 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition will take place on Monday 23 March in Gdansk, Poland  

The Competition has been organised since 2012 in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos and calls all Europeans to come up with solutions to the problems affecting our society.

This year’s competition is themed around ‘New Ways to Grow’ and will be seeking entrepreneurial, game changing ideas that can advance Europe’s growth model. Later this year 3 prizes of EUR 50,000 will be awarded to the 3 best ideas!

Check out the website and Twitter for more information about the competition.

New Book - Inside Social Enterprise to be published 26th February

Social enterprises--or real businesses that trade for a social purpose--are a growing phenomenon that play an increasingly important role in society, but there is widespread confusion and controversy over how to define them.

This exciting book includes nearly forty interviews with the most influential and experienced social enterprise practitioners, supporters, thinkers, and policy makers, including Michele Rigby, CEO of Social Firms UK. In their own words, they discuss their organizations, values, and world-changing goals, providing fresh clarity and understanding on the real value of social enterprises.


HMRC Publish Online Interactive Guide to Help Small Business

HMRC have been working to make tax easier, quicker and simpler for small businesses to deal with. HMRC have published an online interactive guide to show just some of the things that they have done to achieve this.

This digital guide contains links to new and enhanced products and services for small businesses. The publication is written in a user-friendly, accessible style, and shows how HMRC is:

  • delivering new and enhanced digital services
  • delivering better help, support and guidance
  • supporting business to grow
  • modernising processes and services
  • listening and learning

Click here to see what products and services are available to you.

Big Venture Challenge 2015 call is open

Applications for Big Venture Challenge 2015 are open.

They’re looking for another 40 outstanding social entrepreneurs who are committed to scaling up their social impact. This is the final year of the 3 year Big Lottery funded programme, so this opportunity may not be repeated.

The programme supports ambitious, ‘high potential’ social entrepreneurs to raise investment and rapidly grow their ventures by building a compelling growth story, finding investors, making strategic connections and supporting the entrepreneur during the journey.

For more information, click here. Closing date 3rd February 2015

Shared parental leave and pay: ACAS Leaflet

Shared Parental Leave comes into effect for children due on or after 5th April 2015. It will enable eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born or placed for adoption. This could mean that the mother or adopter shares some of the leave with her partner, perhaps returning to work for part of the time and then resuming leave at a later date.

It is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or adoption. Parents will be able to share a pot of leave, and can decide to be off work at the same time and/or take it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child.