Tag Archives: Social enterprise

Help “grow your own” local services

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government to support a wide range of activitites in rural areas. The Community And Social Enterprise fund is a £7m funding stream within the RDPE to support voluntary and community organisations to become more self-financing and sustainable through the [...]

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Plunkett Foundation to review rural social enterprises

Defra and the Office for Civil Society have commissioned the Plunkett Foundation to review the economic, social and environmental impacts of rural social enterprise in England. The research and development project will collect evidence on the contributions made by social enterprises to rural communities.  It will be used to inform the understanding of Defra and [...]

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Budget 2010 announcements relevant to Defra and the third sector.

On the 24th March 2010, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alastair Darling, announced the Budget 2010.  The budget contrained a number of announcements relevant to the third sector.  Full details are set out on this page of the Office of the Third Sector’s website.  Key proposals include the development of a Social Investment Wholesale Bank, [...]

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How do you want the future to look?

Here is a prime opportunity for those of you who want to tell Defra what it should be doing on the environment and sustainable development, homes, shopping and eating, travel and business – you are invited to join the ‘Greener Society’ debate and share your views on what a greener future might look like. Click here to [...]

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Huw Irranca-Davies visits Berrynarbor Community Shop

L to R: Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Lucy Findlay (CEO RiSE), Alex Parke (Chair), Anita Abott (shop manageress), Pamela Parke (Committee member and publicity manager), David Fisher (Plunkett) On Tuesday (2/3/10), as part of a wider tour of the area, Defra’s Third Sector Minister, Huw Irranca Davies visited Berrynarbor Community Shop on the western edge of [...]

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Defra research published: Third sector and waste management

Back in November we drew your attention to a key report published by Defra on the Benefits of third sector organisations in waste management. A further research report has now been published: WR0502: Social Enterprises and Sustainable Waste and Resource Management: Evaluating Impacts, Capacities and Opportunities The primary aim of this research was to evaluate the potential [...]

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Social Enterprise Ambassadors call for public sector to give credit where credit’s due

[This is a guest post, from the Social Enterprise Coalition.] England’s Social Enterprise Ambassadors used Social Enterprise Day on 19th November 2009 to call for public sector spending decisions to fairly give credit for the added benefits that social enterprises deliver. Peter Holbrook, Chair of the Social Enterprise Ambassadors’ public sector taskforce and CEO of [...]

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Defra wins social action research contract

  Happy Social Enterprise Day! Today (19/11/09) Angela Smith, Minister for the third sector, announced the second phase of the Office of the Third Sector’s £1.3m Social Enterprise Action Research (SEAR) programme, which allows other departments to explore ways in which social enterprises offer solutions to policy problems.  The Social Enterprise Action Research programme uses small amounts of Cabinet Office [...]

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New Social Enterprise Ambassadors website launched

The Social Enterprise Ambassadors website has been revamped and relaunched.  The site features new case studies, photos, videos speaker profiles, news, campaigns and blogs and we are promised much more to come. The Social Enterprise Ambassadors are leaders of some of the country’s most successful social enterprises and have been engaged by the Office of [...]

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Measuring Social Value Conference – share your views on SROI

“There is more and more interest in measuring and valuing the impact of organisations on society. The Measuring Social Value Project is hosting a conference where third sector organisations, commissioners and investors will come together to share experiences of how Social Return on Investment (SROI) – one of the most exciting innovations in this field [...]

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