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Interview: Andrew Haigh
David Ainsworth, Third Sector
Date: 29th Jul 2010

Help business angels to help others, says the managing partner of Coutts & Co's entrepreneur group

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1.4 million people living in homes that cut off their energy supply – warns Consumer Focus
Consumer Focus
Date: 29th Jul 2010

Consumer Focus is today calling on energy suppliers to transform the experience of the 8.8m people who rely on pre-pay meters.

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Vital Stats
Senscot
Date: 28th Jul 2010

In late 2009, Senscot carried out a pilot `Vital Stats Survey` on three Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) – Aberdeen, Dundee and Clackmannanshire. Vital Stats look to record key information with regard to a social enterprise’s economic activity

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The new social entrepreneurs: introduction
Charles Orton-Jones, RealBusiness.co.uk
Date: 28th Jul 2010

Entrepreneurs turned philanthropists. Ethical retailers. Not-for-profit game-changers. These entrepreneurs are running ground-breaking, profitable businesses – with a difference. This new breed has a social conscience.

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Transforming your community isn't rocket science - get involved!
Sarah Eustace from DTA's Asset Transfer Unit
Date: 28th Jul 2010

The Asset Transfer Unit is launching the second round of its Building Community programme - supporting communities to take responsibility for land, buildings and services that are being transferred to them by councils and others to deliver broad-ranging community benefits.

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Cameron commits to funding reform for the "first" sector

Date: 28th Jul 2010

CHARITIES could be on the brink of saving around £lbn a year, after the Prime Minister said he would look at funding charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises on the same basiS as government.

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Prime minister's flagship idea at risk as reduced funding for community-based activity threatens to undermine local power
Patrick Butler, The Guardian
Date: 28th Jul 2010

Cuts to the local structures capable of delivering David Cameron's 'big society' pose a threat to the plan, say charity chiefs.

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The new dark age
Ben Okri, The Guardian
Date: 28th Jul 2010

The looting and burning of Iraq's museums and libraries has left us all losers

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There's a good idea in Cameron's 'big society' screaming to get out
Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian
Date: 28th Jul 2010

Labour must seize this flawed initiative from the Tories, reclaim its Labour origins and then set about improving it

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Specialisterne Scotland

Date: 28th Jul 2010

Specialisterne Scotland is a new business that is being established in Glasgow. It is based on Specialisterne Denmark, a social enterprise created by Thorkil Sonne in Copenhagen in 2004 after his son was diagnosed with an ASD. Specialisterne is the Danish word for ‘Specialists’.

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Tone Celebrates Mark of Social Enterprise Success
Tone Lesiure
Date: 23rd Jul 2010

Tone Leisure, the charitable trust that operates sports and leisure facilities on behalf of South Hams District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council, has become the first leisure trust in the south west to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark.

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Big Issue founder Bird under fire for proposing benefit cuts
Raymond Duncan, TfN
Date: 22nd Jul 2010

An outspoken social campaigner who founded a magazine sold by homeless people has called on the Prime Minister to cut state benefits.

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Business as Usual or Economic Innovation?: Work, Markets and Growth in Community and Social Enterprises
Jenny Cameron, University of Newcastle
Date: 22nd Jul 2010

In the Western world, social enterprises are increasingly seen by governments and non-government agencies as important for addressing social and economic exclusion, and providing much-needed services to disadvantaged people and places.

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Market growth and development
Presentation by Jim Brown at the Community Shares Policy Seminar, DTA
Date: 22nd Jul 2010

I went down to London last week to better understand community share issues and thanks to a masterly presentation by Jim Brown of Baker Brown Associates, I achieved my purpose. 

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Further growth in loans to sector by Triodos and Charity Bank
Tania Mason, Civil Society
Date: 21st Jul 2010

Two of civil society’s most prominent retail lenders have seen excellent growth in the amounts they lent to organisations in the first six months of this year.

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Why looking back could be the best way of looking forward
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date: 21st Jul 2010

A backdrop of global upheaval set the scene for a series of seminars on community assets. Julian Dobson reports from the launch event.

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Tough financial plans could be storing up social disaster
Stephen Maxwell, TfN
Date: 19th Jul 2010

EVERYONE knows it but the government, and much of the media is in collective denial. "We're all in it together" proclaims Chancellor George Osborne as he defends his budget

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Hurd says Big Society Bank will be a wholesaler
Vibeka Mair, Civil Society
Date: 16th Jul 2010

Minister for civil society Nick Hurd has said the Big Society Bank will be a wholesaler which will work through and support organisations that are already providing finance to the voluntary sector.

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Investing in Ideas
The Big Lottery Fund
Date: 15th Jul 2010

The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland has relaunched our Investing in Ideas programme. The programme awards grants of £500 to £10,000 to test and develop ideas that could eventually become fully-fledged projects or lead to improved services, and we have £1 million to invest in the development of new ideas in 2010-11.

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£3m fund closes after one £320,000 deal
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 15th Jul 2010
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Glitter Beach wins the Pitch 2010 heat in Edinburgh
The Guardian
Date: 15th Jul 2010

A social enterprise which designs glittering swim and beach wear is the winner of the Pitch 2010 regional heat in Edinburgh.

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Social Enterprise Ceilidh 2009 Programme
Senscot
Date: 15th Jul 2010

The Local Social Entrepreneurs Networks (LSENs) give social enterprises the chance to get together under a common banner and build a network of contacts which can prove invaluable to growing a business.

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Child care leader hits out at NSPCC
TFN
Date: 15th Jul 2010

ONE of Scotland's most respected childcare professionals has written to national children's charity NSPCC urging it to reconsider plans to move into Scotland.

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Health secretary challenges ‘narrow’ definition of social enterprise
Gemma Hampson, Social Enterprise Live
Date: 15th Jul 2010

A battle of definitions exploded today after health secretary Andrew Lansley said the Department of Health’s vision of the ‘largest social enterprise sector in the world’ may not fit with the ideals of the sector's umbrella body.

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CEIS Conference Delegate List and Programme

Date: 8th Jul 2010
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