Developing Negotiation Skills

There is much to be gained from being a member of a Peer to Peer group, where you regularly meet with peers and share a wealth of knowledge, skills and opinions. One of the benefits is access to regular expert speakers, who can really give you a boost in their […]

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Investing in Talent

Ever played Fantasy Football? Well, whether you’re interested in soccer or not, bear with me on this one.  Imagine that you’ve just signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for £100 million. OK, if you’re really not into the beautiful game, it might be easier to think of David Beckham in […]

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Diary: Our Bcorp Journey Part 3

NUMBER 122! I’m very pleased to say that last week we heard that we have achieved BcorpTM certification and we’re the 122nd company in the UK to become a BcorpTM. It’s been a short but intense period of activity since we started the journey a couple of months ago.  There was […]

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Diary: Our Bcorp Journey Part 2

In the first post of this series, I wrote about the reasons for Bubble Chamber applying for Bcorp status.  Having made the decision late in 2016 to begin this process, we spent some time completing the online questionnaire, which covers many aspects of governance, employment policy, behaviour towards the community […]

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Diary: Our Bcorp Journey Part 1

Do you want to be set apart as a thought leader?  Do you want to distinguish your business in a crowded market?  Do you want to associate your brand with some of the most socially and environmentally responsible companies on the planet? These are some of the reasons that Ryan […]

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Social Enterprise Marketing – ROI

Knowing the return on investment for marketing activities is important for any business and is maybe more so for Social Enterprises. Why? Well, often you are working to very tight budgets and understanding what works and what doesn’t, and reducing wastage of time and money, can be crucial to your […]

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The Four Horsemen of Social Enterprise

It may sound a bit over-dramatic to refer to the big issues facing social enterprises as “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” but, having spoken to hundreds of social enterprises in the last few years, I feel justified in doing so. These four evils can scythe down everything in their […]

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The Value of Values

Before I took up running I used to play proper grassroots Sunday League football back in the day. I may not look it, but I’m a sportsman through and through (or I’d like to think I am). Every Sunday, before the match, our so-called manager would pin up the team […]

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Why Clarity is Key

“Right, turn right. No, left. OK, go to the end of this road and do a U-turn and then go round the roundabout at the end. No, better turn left before then and squiggle through the windy bit of road in front of you. Ignore the tree in front of […]

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Running, Learning and Kipling

Since my last blog a few weeks ago, the miles and my training programme have certainly been cranking up. One more big run at 22 miles and then I can enjoy the taper (alternatively known as legitimately doing little exercise!). Since my football rant the big news is that Newcastle […]

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Running (Your Organisation) with Purpose

So, somehow my brother-in-law persuaded me to run a marathon this year. Beer and bravado probably had something to do with it. Now, I’m not built like your traditional runner but I’m really enjoying some serious mileage each week. Apart from the physical challenge there’s the mental aspect of cranking […]

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Cash Will Always Be King

The thought of working with figures and managing your cashflow is probably not the thing that gets a social entrepreneur out of bed in the morning! However, having a grip on your numbers is likely to keep your enterprise in business. Dun & Bradstreet state that 90% of company failures […]

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Work on your Business, Not in it

What you need to do is start working ON your business NOT IN it. This is a growing catchphrase used by business coaches and consultants who are trying to help CEOs scale their social enterprises. Hands up, I’m guilty as charged here as well! When you work with CEOs and […]

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