How to run a business with values: the definitive social enterprise course

Join our special new course

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A new six module course in York, UK

from two leaders in social enterprise training -

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One two-day module each month from February to July 2015 – 6 modules twelve days

This practical, comprehensive six module course will give you the tools you need to start, grow and run a successful social enterprise. The modules are all standalone, so you can complete them all or select the most appropriate ones for you. You can even book single day sessions.

Social enterprises are different from the private sector, charitable and voluntary organisations and need to develop differently. This course will make sure you get the right support, information and inspiration to develop a social enterprise plan that delivers a business that is relevant, feasible and sustainable.

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EU Project; New Trail Jobs


newtrailjobs-120Social Enterprise CASES is collaborating with 5 partners from across Europe to research and share best practice through the New Trail Jobs partnership. Partners from Spain, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Lithuania have teamed up to improve opportunities in rural economies.

Tourism is a key sector of the European economy and contributes to employment, regional development and an enhanced natural and cultural heritage. Rural areas in Europe are facing big challenges concerning the demographic changes and the emigration of people. Most of these areas have an important cultural history, famous landscapes and also a unique food and agricultural tradition.

The New Trail Job partnership addresses the so called culture, food or greentrails. Through these trails the cultural identity and the nature of traditional kitchens can be protected. This offers a huge opportunity for rural entrepreneurs and job creation.

The New Trail Job partnership will now exchange their experiences, explore the demands for vocational education and training, and also of informal and non-formal learning methods for disadvantaged people like young skilled and un-skilled unemployed, women and older employees.

To see more about the project, how we are progressing and the outcomes, go to the New Trail Jobs Website

New Director

RomyWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Romy Cahyadi as a Director of Social Enterprise Europe Ltd.

Romy, who is based in Jakarta, Indonesia has been working closely with us for some years, running training programmes on social enterprise for community leaders, climate change champions and recently ran our NGO transformation training in Indonesia.

Romy, who is also the head of Unltd Indonesia, is a brilliant addition to our team and we look forward to working with him for many years to come.

Do we really need hierarchies?

Author: Cliff Southcombe

Do we really need hierarchies? I see so many voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises and Charities structured in a way that reminds me more of Dickensian time. The formula of members, Trustees/Board employing workers delivering to clients/beneficiaries is still the norm.

FairShares presented at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan

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Rory during a lecture on Social Economy organised by Professor Takashi Yamamoto.

Co-founder of Fairshares, Rory Ridley-Duff has been delivering lectures in Japan at the invitation of the only university to offer a social enterprise course to its students. Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka is the first to offer a social enterprise course to students undertaking a degree in Social Welfare.

Chartering into the future

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FairShares – The future of Enterprise Governance. Was the title of the informal social enterprise cafe event being run by Cliff and Andrew in Strasbourg at Pub MacCarthy 6 Rue Des Glaciers.

Erasmus +

Erasmus + is now open. Please contact us if you are interested in being a partner with Social Enterprise Europe or would like us to be a partner on one of your applications


2013 saw the launch of the Fairshares Association


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Rory Ridley-Duff talks to Indonesian NGOs

One of the best things about 2013 was the launch of the FairShares Association. Here Rory looks back on the first year of this new model in the Fairshares Blog.

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Geof Cox speaking at the Workaround Conference in Berlin

Geof Berlin Oct 13 Our Director Geof Cox, recently spoke at  the WORKAROUND Conference in Berlin, a three-day symposium, workshop and community meeting, looking into various models of work organisation and community approaches that ensure life and work quality. They were looking behind the cliché of the freelance worker and exploring the old and new territories of unions and cooperations as tools for achieving common goals. They finished off the symposium with an interesting exchange of strategies and structures of self-organisation.

Young Entrepreneur Amy Hale visits France

2013-09-10 Amy HaleAmy Hale is setting up her social enterprise in the UK, called Zero Carbon Canape Catering and is keen to learn from an experienced social entrepreneur.  Through our grant from the Erasmus programme she was placed with Larry Tchiou at Make Sense in France.  She will be learning about project management and scaling up and will help Make Sense develop their pitch.