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Social investment: funding for charities or white-washing of capitalism?
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 27th Mar 2013

Is social investment really going to benefit charities and social enterprises, or is it simply the white-washing of capitalism.

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Community Right to Buy
Jura Stores
Date: 27th Mar 2013

Jura’s Community shop will open for business at 1pm on Monday 25th March 2013. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this project - this really has been a team effort and it wouldn’t have been possible with out all the help and support from the community.

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Google competition aims to find UK entrepreneurs
The Guardian
Date: 27th Mar 2013

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Richard Branson join judging panel for £2m contest seeking innovative not-for-profit organisations

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Carbeth Hutters buy their forest home after bank loan
The Guardian, by Severin Carrell
Date: 27th Mar 2013

Seen as pioneers of the Scottish hutting movement, the Carbeth hutting cooperative near the Campsie Fells has found £1.75m to buy their land, more than 80 years after first setting camp

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At last! A tango-dancing pope
The Spectator, by Alexander Chancellor
Date: 27th Mar 2013

Just a year ago on this page I was writing about Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother Georg and how, while ostensibly discreet and loyal to his celebrated sibling, he contrived at the same time to make him look too old and bumbling for the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Tell us about your best ways to share learning
DTAS
Date: 27th Mar 2013

Locality is launching a competition to find successful examples of peer-to-peer learning to inform the Big Lottery Fund’s forthcoming Learning for Impact initiative.

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Highland wind farm community benefit divvy-up in spotlight
Ross-shire Journal, by Hugh Ross
Date: 27th Mar 2013

The construction phase of new wind farms in the Highlands will no longer be a factor when potentially lucrative rewards for communities are calculated.

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The evolution of the social enterprise
Real Business by Lesley Cowley
Date: 27th Mar 2013

It's difficult to remember a time before the internet, especially for those who can recall the excitement and anticipation created by the .com boom. According to research, Brits spend on average just 1.2 waking hours not using any technology, taking into account everyday items such as computers and smartphones.

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We must discuss all types of social enterprise failure
The Guardian, by Andreana Drencheva
Date: 27th Mar 2013

The process of trial and error often goes hand-in-hand with developing a social enterprise, but discussing all shapes, forms and sizes of failure is crucial

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Charities and social investment
Institue for Voluntary Action Research
Date: 27th Mar 2013

This study explored the challenges, risks and opportunities of social investment for charities in England and Wales.

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Shining Armour or Sheep’s Clothing? (Recommendations for Scotland)
Mary Duffy
Date: 27th Mar 2013

A mapping of the social investment landscape. This should include active or potential investees, the intermediary and investor space, the fit between current products and market needs, and the scale of finance required

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Budget: Osborne delivers tax breaks for social investment
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 21st Mar 2013

The social investment sector has welcomed the news today that government will introduce a new tax relief for social investment in the Finance Bill 2014.

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Give inmates real jobs in prison, urges top doctor
The Scotsman
Date: 20th Mar 2013

Young offenders should be given jobs while in prison that they keep after release, as a way of tackling reoffending, Sir Harry Burns has said.

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In the war on the poor, Pope Francis is on the wrong side
George Monbiot
Date: 20th Mar 2013

In Latin America a new Inquisition has betrayed Catholic priests who risk their lives to stand up to tyrants - as I've witnessed

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Locality gets £9.5m to help develop neighbourhood plans
Civil Society, Vibeka Mair
Date: 20th Mar 2013

Locality has been awarded a £9.5m contract to deliver a two-year programme to help communities develop their neighbourhood plans.

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Shining Armour or Sheep's Clothing
Clore Social Leadership Programme, by Mary Duffy
Date: 20th Mar 2013

Expectations remain high around social investment in the UK. Efforts to support social enterprises and more traditional charitable organisations to understand and prepare for social investment through improved knowledge, confidence and informed decision making are likely to increase the volume of good investments being made.

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The Scottish Code
SE Code Steering Group
Date: 20th Mar 2013

During the past 10 years - as different factions from the south sought to dilute the meaning of social enterprise - our community in Scotland set down the 5 essential ‘Criteria’ by which we recognise each other

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Pope Francis eschews trappings of papacy on first day in office
The Guardian
Date: 15th Mar 2013

Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio ditches Mercedes, ermine and gold cross for simpler style as he begins papacy

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Comrie’s Big Conversation

Date: 14th Mar 2013

Over 100 folk turned out for the first in a series of four ‘Comrie Conversations’ on the issues around independence for Scotland. The guest speakers for the evening, journalist Lesley Riddoch and land reformer Andy Wightman, were really taken by the enthusiasm and quality of the evenings discussion.

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The Future is Local
Scottish Community Alliance
Date: 14th Mar 2013

An event for the community sector at the Scottish Parliament, 26th April, 2013

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Ask a grown-up: why does love hurt?
The Guardian, by Richard Curtis
Date: 14th Mar 2013

The author of Love Actually answers 10-year-old Lydia's query

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Mondragon: Spain's giant co-operative where times are hard but few go bust
The Guardian, by Giles Tremlett
Date: 14th Mar 2013

The northern Spanish town is dominated by its eponymous €15bn corporation that controls over 100 smaller co-ops

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Social enterprise could be given structured EU funding from 2014
The Guardian, by Claudia Cahalane
Date: 14th Mar 2013

Member states will decide how to spend new funds for social enterprise

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Community empowerment on the agenda
The Scotsman, by Lesley Riddoch
Date: 14th Mar 2013

Has Scottish grassroots democracy found an unlikely champion?

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ReadyforBusiness Case Studies
ReadyforBusiness
Date: 14th Mar 2013

We believe that it is important to share experience. These case studies illustrate examples of social value in commissioning & procurement and successful Third Sector and public sector engagement from a number of perspectives.

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Gargunnock Celebrates Opening of Refurbished Community Centre
Gargunnock Community Centre
Date: 14th Mar 2013

On Saturday 9 March residents in Gargunnock will be celebrating the re-opening of their Community Centre after a £500,000 refurbishment project which also saw the Centre transfer ownership from Stirling Council to the Village Trust.

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Chair of Firstport Board Steps Down
Firstport
Date: 8th Mar 2013

Barry Ayre, founder and Chair of Firstport, the development agency for start up social enterprises, has announced today that he will step down from the board of directors at the AGM in July.

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Ask a grown-up: why do we live?
The Guardian, by AC Grayling
Date: 7th Mar 2013

A philosopher answers nine-year-old Cecile's question. 

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Social Impact Bonds
YMCA Scotland
Date: 7th Mar 2013

YMCA Scotland set up the first social impact bond in Perth & Kinross, last year partnering with local investors and with the Department for Work and Pensions in seeking to support 300 vulnerable young people into education, employment or training.

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Business interview: Nick Kuenssberg
The Scotsman, by Kristy Dorsey
Date: 7th Mar 2013

Crisply casual in a checked button-down shirt and light blue denims, Nick Kuenssberg is at ease in the cluttered but comfortable office of his Kelvinside home.

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The Landed Elite
Andy Wightman
Date: 7th Mar 2013

Scottish Land & Estates has released its evidence to the land reform review. Also a video which is quite, quite astonishing

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Is working from home good for your mental health?
All Media Scotland
Date: 7th Mar 2013

UNLIKE Yahoo, who recently revealed they are to stop home-working, many businesses are making moves to increase flexibility for employees to help with work/life balance and support families.

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Report says new tax reliefs could unlock £480m in social investments
Civil Society, by Vibeka Mair
Date: 7th Mar 2013

Up to £480m of new social investment could be generated from high-net-worth individuals over the next five years by adapting existing tax reliefs to encompass social investors, according to new research.

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Why the impact sector needs new legal structures
Pioneers Post
Date: 7th Mar 2013

As the boundaries between the voluntary and private sector become increasingly blurred, new legal structures are required. Our Man in Geneva Arthur Wood talks to Maximipact about way ahead.

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Debate needs spirit of Communists
The Scotsman, by Gerry Hassan
Date: 7th Mar 2013

The Soviet Bloc may have been a disaster but we still need the far-left to challenge mainstream parties’ acceptance of free market dogma, writes Gerry Hassan

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Sponsor a School at the Social Enterprise Exchange
Social Enterprise Academy
Date: 7th Mar 2013

The Social Enterprise Academy is seeking your help to support the next generation of social entrepreneurs by showing them the creativity, passion and successful business models that exist in our sector

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Social Enterprise: Coming to a Town Near You
Firstport
Date: 6th Mar 2013

Ditto, a new product pledged to increase social enterprise activity and tackle unemployment has been launched by Firstport, the agency providing start up support for social ventures.

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Local labour force planned
The Berwick Advertiser
Date: 1st Mar 2013

A Berwick councillor is looking for experienced workers that could form a social enterprise board of management.

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