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Date: 
26.07.2016
Author: 
Patrick Shine

10 million workers won’t have enough money to retire on

10 million workers won’t have enough money to retire on.

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Date: 
06.01.2016
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Ageing Better or Just Differently?

Last month, the Centre for Ageing Better (CFAB) released a fascinating piece of research conducted by Ipsos MORI.

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Date: 
16.12.2015
Author: 
Chris Mould

On the Edge and Edgy: Innovation in the Balkans

Last week I was in Moldova. This little-known country is still reeling from the mysterious loss of $1 Billion, an eighth of its GDP, in a banking scandal just one year ago.

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Andy Daly
Date: 
15.10.2015
Author: 
Andy Daly

Corporate Responsibility - legislation is only part of the solution

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has brought issues of corporate responsibility firmly back into the public eye.

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
30.09.2015
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Social Innovation and Adoption in Ageing

Last week started and ended with events on the subject of ageing that were, to an extent, “ground-breaking”. By this I mean they were unusual and I hadn’t come across anything similar – but in a few years’ time I suspect that such events will be commonplace.

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Skadi Falatik
Date: 
03.08.2015
Author: 
Skadi Falatik

Social Franchising: the devil is in the detail

Innovation tends to receive more attention than replication when it comes to debates around how to achieve meaningful social impact at scale.

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Chris Mould
Date: 
24.07.2015
Author: 
Chris Mould

It’s all about risk

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of chairing the second in a series of Shaftesbury Partnership roundtables under the banner Doing Good and Doing Well

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
12.06.2015
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Knowing your market: the challenges for social ventures as they scale

Two weeks ago, The Shaftesbury Partnership participated in the launch day of this year’s

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Date: 
27.05.2015
Author: 
Skadi Falatik

Scaling social ventures - the importance of networks

This week sees the launch of Big Venture Challenge 2015, with another cohort of 40 social ventures to add to the 60 award winners that have benefitted from the programme in previous years.

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Neo Christodoulou
Date: 
21.04.2015
Author: 
Neo Christodoulou

Two minutes with Chris Mould

As a Partner at Shaftesbury Partnership, Chris Mould leads on overall strategy and corporate engagement of Social Business Partnership (SBP).

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Andy Daly
Date: 
13.03.2015
Author: 
Andy Daly

Marketing social impact: necessary but is it sufficient?

This week the Shaftesbury Partnership led a debate held at the London Business School on the thorny issue of whether and how big business can benefit society

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Neo Christodoulou
Date: 
08.01.2015
Author: 
Neo Christodoulou

Forget legal form – show me the impact

If the Labour party is elected in May it will seek to create a legally binding definition of social enterprise, according to a commitment made by Chi Onwurah MP at the 2014 Annual Labour Conference.

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
20.11.2014
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Building partnerships and annoying purists

I am very excited at the way our new venture –

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Chris Mould
Date: 
17.11.2014
Author: 
Chris Mould

Resolution Foundation event: Escaping low pay

I enjoyed the Resolution Foundation’s Escaping Low Pay event last week

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Mona Bani
Date: 
14.11.2014
Author: 
Mona Bani

Investment readiness: the importance of networking

The Cabinet Office’s recent Social In

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
29.10.2014
Author: 
Patrick Shine

When cultural and social innovators collide

Last week I had the privilege of being an observer at the impressively

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Chris Mould
Date: 
22.10.2014
Author: 
Chris Mould

Falling for the toxic myth afresh

Today Martin Charlesworth and Natalie Williams launch a new book, “The Myth of the Undeserving Poor”

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Cherry Parker
Date: 
18.05.2014
Author: 
Cherry Parker

Serendipity, and how social ventures can get more of it

I recently met a social entrepreneur involved in environmental services - a sector I worked in for over four years - based only ten minutes from my home

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Andy Daly
Date: 
14.03.2014
Author: 
Andy Daly

The Northern Spirit of social venturing

Is there a distinct Northern Spirit when it comes to social enterprise and social venturing?

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
28.01.2014
Author: 
Patrick Shine

We need social investment to combat rising inequality

In recent months I’ve enjoyed revisiting my former profession –as bond investor – as a slew of economic data has confounded the pessimists.

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Chris Mould
Date: 
06.01.2014
Author: 
Chris Mould

Social Franchising: Lessons learned in 2013

It’s over a year since I last wrote about Social Franchising (the great social franchising debate).

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
27.11.2013
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Getting some innovation into the labour market

In recent weeks I have had conversations with politicians of all shades of ideology and ranging from frontbench MPs to local authority leaders with everything in between.

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Mona Bani
Date: 
29.10.2013
Author: 
Mona Bani

Retirement – moving from challenges to opportunities

Retirement has once again been making the headlines. The issue of loneliness among retirees has been the focus of much recent discussion

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
21.10.2013
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Partnerships that drive scaling

Last week saw a new contribution to the literature on scaling social impact

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
17.07.2013
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Networking for Impact: the role of Social Catalysts

Those familiar with Shaftesbury Partnership will know of the emphasis we place on networks and social capital

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Chris Mould
Date: 
12.07.2013
Author: 
Chris Mould

Some personal reflections on leadership in the voluntary sector

I’ve been involved in the leadership of the Trussell Trust since 2004.

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Cherry Parker
Date: 
10.05.2013
Author: 
Cherry Parker

Networking for Growth

In May 2013, the Big Venture Challenge (BVC) launches.  Its aim is to help ambitious social entrepreneurs to raise investment and scale their ventures.

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Chris Mould
Date: 
05.04.2013
Author: 
Chris Mould

It will cost you more than you think

"It will cost you more than you think and take much longer than you expect"

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Simon Jebreel
Date: 
15.03.2013
Author: 
Simon Jebreel

Socially Valuable Procurement: Beyond the Social Value Act

I’ve just come back from an energising briefing event on the Social Value Act,

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Date: 
25.02.2013
Author: 
Andy Daly

Networks and Iteration

As a new member of the team at Shaftesbury Partnership, one of the things you are invited to do is put your first impressions of the organisation into a blog post.

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Henna Butt
Date: 
10.12.2012
Author: 
Henna Butt

The Value of Co-creation

Last week we held a roundtable event at the House of Commons to discuss how corporate businesses can integrate social enterprises into their supply chains.

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Chris Mould
Date: 
20.11.2012
Author: 
Chris Mould

The Great Social Franchising Debate

Franchising and how it might help social ventures scale has been occupying a lot of my time recently.

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Date: 
10.11.2012
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Community Philanthropy: A changing space

Over the last two years I have enjoyed working with Community Foundations

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David Baker
Date: 
20.10.2012
Author: 
David Baker

Complex needs, consistent relationships

Over the last few months I’ve been working with several London Boroughs and service providers, looking at some of their most complex and challenging people

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
14.09.2012
Author: 
Patrick Shine

New publication: Social Ventures - Built to Scale

Growth (or “scaling”) is difficult. It is difficult in the commercial sector, where businesses and their stakeholders are largely aligned around the objectives of profit-driven growth.

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Simon Jebreel
Date: 
30.08.2012
Author: 
Simon Jebreel

Life transitions and personal resilience

Every so often at The Shaftesbury Partnership, we step back from all the ventures we work on and realise there is a strong unifying theme

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
10.08.2012
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Developing local social investment markets

Over the last nine months we have been exploring the role of local authorities in the social investment market

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Henna Butt
Date: 
30.07.2012
Author: 
Henna Butt

Doing good work

Net Impact’s recent survey on work preferences amongst professionals and students confirms a burgeoning trend in the labour market.

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Date: 
10.07.2012
Author: 
David Baker

Where now for the Big Society?

If a Government policy is criticised from sources as diverse as the Economist and the Archbishop of Canterbury then it must be hard to know which way to turn.

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Simon Jebreel
Date: 
02.07.2012
Author: 
Simon Jebreel

Designing the National Retirement Service

I’ve just come back from the launch of a report on “Life transitions and retirement in the 21st century”

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Steve Coles
Date: 
20.06.2012
Author: 
Steve Coles

SCALERS in Action

It seems that a particular article has caught the attention of those of us interested in scaling social enterprises, if my Twitter feed is to be believed.

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Isabelle de Morlhon
Date: 
10.06.2012
Author: 
Isabelle de Morlhon

Making Values Real

The last few weeks have provided me with opportunities to reflect on values and leadership, both on a personal and on an organisational level.

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Will Gallagher
Date: 
20.05.2012
Author: 
Will Gallagher

Business Beyond Excel

There was much laughter in the office last week, when I got slightly too excited about some great new function I had discovered in Excel.

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Chris Mould
Date: 
30.04.2012
Author: 
Chris Mould

Successful Scaling – Foodbanks

I write this as Executive Chairman of the Trussell Trust. Last week the charity announced it had doubled the number of Trussell Trust foodbanks in the space of a year.

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
10.04.2012
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Successful Scaling – The Challenge Network

This is written as I step down from chairing the Board of Trustees of The Challenge Network – a charity that has shown extraordinary growth.

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Simon Jebreel
Date: 
29.03.2012
Author: 
Simon Jebreel

Unravelling Complexity

The Head of Policy at Ealing Council, Ann Griffiths, has recently written a fascinating blog about complexity theory and local services for the new think tank Synthesis.

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David Baker
Date: 
10.03.2012
Author: 
David Baker

A good time for social reform?

The British Social Attitudes survey, gives a fascinating insight into the shifting sands of public opinion over the last few decades.  Among the views about

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Date: 
01.03.2012
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Community Franchising - combining localism with quality

In a recent blog, Chris Mould noted one of the most powerful features of community franchising is its capacity to grow quickly when there is grass roots demand for the model.

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Isabelle de Morlhon
Date: 
20.02.2012
Author: 
Isabelle de Morlhon

First impressions are made to last

First impressions are made to last…and I hope they will.

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Date: 
10.02.2012
Author: 
Dave Dawes

Failing Well

Failure is a word that has a lot of negative connotations and is a word that many people are uncomfortable using.

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Steve Coles
Date: 
30.01.2012
Author: 
Steve Coles

The Problem of Unemployment

Unemployment is a ‘disaster’ and a ‘very special problem’.  That’s how Professor Richard Layard of the London School of Economics describes it.

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Will Gallagher
Date: 
10.01.2012
Author: 
Will Gallagher

It's the Economy, Stupid!

"It’s the Economy, Stupid!"

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David Baker
Date: 
30.12.2011
Author: 
David Baker

Complex Needs - Complex Policies

Just before Christmas, we learned more about the Prime Minister’s plans for the 120,000 ‘troubled families’ who, among other things, cause excessive costs to public services estimated to be £9 billion per

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Simon Jebreel
Date: 
10.12.2011
Author: 
Simon Jebreel

How Do They Do It?

The Shaftesbury Partnership regularly hosts a ‘Learning Lunch’, where a leader from one of our wider family of organisations gives a presentation on interesting work that they have been doing.

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Chris Mould Profile Picture
Date: 
30.11.2011
Author: 
Chris Mould

Stretching the limits of growth

I’ve been thinking recently about chewing gum. I chair the Trussell Trust which runs the national foodbank network. It’s a social franchise and I’m pondering just how elastic it is!

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Will Gallagher
Date: 
20.11.2011
Author: 
Will Gallagher

Brain Gain

With economic woe comes talk of ‘brain drain’ - the notion there’s a problem - in fact a vicious circle - in a business sector or even national economy, when good people start leaving.

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Steve Coles
Date: 
10.11.2011
Author: 
Steve Coles

Think Big!

Here at The Shaftesbury Partnership, we spend a lot of time thinking about social enterprise.

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David Baker
Date: 
30.10.2011
Author: 
David Baker

Community Budgets: the answer, or more questions?

At a conference about community budgets earlier this month, Eric Pickles said he was “in a hurry” to deli

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Date: 
20.10.2011
Author: 
Patrick Shine

Child Poverty is more than economic disadvantage

For anyone concerned about systemic inequality and exclusion child poverty has to be one of the most serious concerns.

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Simon Jebreel
Date: 
10.10.2011
Author: 
Simon Jebreel

The ‘lawless’ actually crave rules

The MoJ released interesting figures last month outlining the numbers of prior offences held by arrested rioters.

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Patrick Shine
Date: 
30.09.2011
Author: 
Patrick Shine

FranchisingWorks: definitely not business as usual

As part of our upgraded website we have started a blog. Our work has exploded over the last few months and a blog is a great way to keep our friends up to date.

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