Is employee ownership the future for social care?

At a time of increasing need and decreasing revenues, a co-operative model could provide a solution Serving 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 […]


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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 solution Serving 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 […]


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Come fire or high water: how businesses make it back from the brink

What gives small business owners the determination to carry on when disaster strikes? Mark Williams finds out At 5.30am on a cold February morning earlier this year, Laura Morrow received a phone call telling her of a fire close to her shop, Casa Bebe. The business, which sells Spanish-style baby furniture, accessories and homeware, had […]


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Welfare reform: council safeguards against negative health impacts

To improve health and wellbeing amid changes to benefits, Kingston council is holding workshops to give residents advice The economic downturn and changes to the benefit system will leave some families under a great deal of stress, and affect people’s general wellbeing and health in a number of ways. Local government must ask how it […]


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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 company Where 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 […]


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Using the Star technique to shine at job interviews: a how-to guide

Here’s our guide to using the Star technique when answering questions in competency-based job interviews There are many types of interviews, from the free flowing to the formal, but one that you are likely to come up against at some point is the competency-based interview. They’re designed to make the job application process as objective […]


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Why Jelly is good for small businesses

Working from home can be great, but it’s good to interact with other business owners sometimes. That’s where Jelly comes in Working from home has many advantages but also a number of challenges, among which is the danger of becoming isolated. Working alone in your spare room may make you not only feel lonely and […]


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Untapped markets are the key to unlocking social enterprise investment

The defence industry is just one example of a valuable market that is national in scale, but local in its reach and impact There’s a lot of talk at the moment about social investment, and providing the right and appropriate finance for social enterprise is clearly a major issue. But I am always struck by […]


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Live discussion: social enterprise and housing, Wednesday 5 June, 12-1.30pm

Join our experts on 5 June to discuss how social enterprises and housing associations can work together for mutual benefit In a recent article SEUK‘s director of business, Nick Temple, referred to housing associations as ‘a sleeping giant’ of social enterprise growth. In his piece, Temple said that while housing associations are a ‘powerful lobby, […]


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Co-operative myths: all co-operatives rotate jobs

We start our new series by debunking the idea that all co-op staff have to be able and ready to do all types of work Whilst working in the co-operative sector, my colleagues and I at Co-operantics have come across a number of common myths about co-opeartives. These myths can lead to misunderstanding and can […]


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