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Build, measure, learn. 3 lessons we’ve learnt by applying lean strategy to Hubcademy

We’re now more than half way through the first semester of our educational programme – Hubcademy. I wanted to share a few learnings, how we’re adapting to the participants needs, and creating new programmes based on the feedback. We …

What is the sharing economy? Are companies in the sharing economy Social Enterprises?

There is a lot written about the ‘sharing economy’ at the moment. The sharing economy also referred to as ‘collaborative consumption’ or the ‘peer to peer’ economy is based on the notion that neighbours help out neighbours. Spare rooms, under …

How can social enterprises generate press coverage? Guest post by Andrew Hadfield

By virtue of your organisation, social enterprises have an inbuilt advantage compared to private sector companies: you’re trying to solve problems that focus on social impact.   Issues, rather than products, are already newsworthy for journalists. You just need to know …

How to get to grips with the finances for your social business: 6 steps

Running a business is a challenge for everyone – especially in your start-up phase. Most people struggle with the financial management and even though they have some of the right skills, they find it difficult to run the business and …

How do you measure Social Impact? 4 scenarios

Hello everyone. There are over 70, 000 Social Enterprises in the UK intending to deliver social impact. This is great news but how are they measuring the effect they are having on the communities they serve? Evaluation of project processes …

What is ‘Open Making’? We talk to OpenDesk

Bridging global to local, digital design and human craftsmanship, OpenDesk is a platform for open making – design furniture made locally through a community of designers and makers offering products designed for digital fabrication which can be customised for you …

Lean startup meets social enterprise: Andrea’s journey

 “Lean Startup” is a system for developing a business or product in the most efficient way possible to reduce the risk of failure.” (Lean Startup Circle Wiki)   With its origins in ‘lean manufacturing’, a production philosophy developed in …

How should you recruit for your Social Enterprise? 6 Considerations

The employment landscape has changed dramatically over the last ten or fifteen years or so. Millennials are those who are coming into the world of work now have different priorities to their predecessors. Not for them the notion or working …