Five top tips for charities looking to develop their business arms

Following the news that 92% of charities want to start trading, here are some ideas for voluntary organisations to consider when embracing social enterpriseOn reading this week that 92% of charities want to start trading, my immediate response was to argue that where there may well be a high level of will, the way still […]
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Is employee ownership the future for social care?

At a time of increasing need and decreasing revenues, a co-operative model could provide a solutionServing tea and cake might not seem particularly pioneering but the seven staff with learning difficulties who work at the Cafe in the Park in Herrington Country Park near Sunderland are all genuine pioneers.The staff work for Sunderland Home Care […]
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Is employee ownership the answer for social care?

At a time of increasing need and decreasing revenues, a co-operative model could provide a solutionServing tea and cake might not seem particularly pioneering but the seven staff with learning difficulties who work at the Cafe in the Park in Herrington Country Park near Sunderland are all genuine pioneers.The staff work for Sunderland Home Care […]
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Letters: Royal Mail sell-off

Your report (Goldman Sachs and UBS to lead Royal Mail float, 30 May) stating that banks appointed by the government will receive £30m for their work on the sale of Royal Mail is misleading. We have agreed fees which are competitive compared with previous privatisations and which represent good value for taxpayers. No decision has […]
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Peter Mandelson joins board of Russian firm ‘with organised crime links’

Former Labour minister risks controversy by joining AFK Sistema group, which was implicated in 2010 WikiLeaks cableLord Mandelson risked courting controversy after he accepted nomination to the board of a Russian company with alleged links to organised crime and corruption.The former Labour cabinet minister and European trade commissioner will become an independent director of AFK […]
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How to get started – and survive – in the fashion industry: Q&A roundup

Last week a panel of experts answered questions about starting up a fashion business. Here are the highlightsLisa Keir is brand communications manager at Cruise, a luxury designer clothes retailerHow to get your name out there: Paid advertising and affiliates can be effective but when you are starting off and have a limited budget you […]
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Hotel and restaurant boom helps economic recovery

CBI quarterly survey shows hotels, bars and restaurants have enjoyed biggest rise in trade in almost six yearsBooming trade in Britain’s hotels and restaurants is paving the way towards an economic recovery, according to the business lobby group the CBI.Its quarterly survey showed that hotels, bars and restaurants enjoyed their biggest rise in trade in […]
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An entrepreneur’s story of setting up a food business from home

Running a business from home has its challenges, but it’s convenient, cheap and a good option for a fledgling companyWhere you base yourself is a vital decision for all small business owners. Whether you go straight into office or shop premises, or decide to work from home, there are pros and cons for each option. […]
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