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A PERFECT MATCH

April 2nd, 2019

How a private equity specialist gives and gets back from helping an elderly care social enterprise grow

Fredrik Burger and Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) are a perfect match: not only does Fred live in their area but he’s also the former CEO of a company providing medical and mobility equipment for elderly people. So when he heard, through Social Business Trust (SBT) corporate partner EY about HILS’ social mission, providing meals [ Read More… ]

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EY EXPERTS HELP SOCIAL ENTERPRISES TACKLE TAX

March 19th, 2019

Specialist team find sharing their knowledge and experience delivers results

Tax may not immediately spring to mind as a significant issue for social enterprises. But EY’s Tax team recently shared valuable insights on Tax developments affecting social enterprises by hosting a workshop for organisations supported by Social Business Trust (SBT). Chaired by Julian Broughton, Partner, EY UK Transaction Tax, presenters included Shaun De Boo, Director, [ Read More… ]

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I’ll BE A BETTER LEADER FOR IT

March 12th, 2019

Helping social enterprises gives a Refinitiv executive new energy and fresh perspective

Spending a year on secondment to Social Business Trust as a Senior Investment Manager was hugely worthwhile says Jack Jaworski, EMEA Head, Professional & Consulting Services at Refinitiv.*  He explains why: How would you summarize your SBT experience? “At a high level, working with inspiring social enterprises and helping them to grow. The most enjoyable [ Read More… ]

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PERMIRA SPECIALIST HELPS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EVENTS MANAGER SHINE

February 12th, 2019

Mentor gives support to challenge and explore ideas

Through Social Business Trust (SBT), Georgie Brehaut, as Events Manager at Shakespeare Schools Foundation was mentored by Nicki Plowman, Permira Events Associate. She says Nicki’s support made a big difference: “Nicki is so friendly, helpful and approachable. Working with her let me challenge and explore ideas.” “Nicki has a great skill of listening, distilling and getting [ Read More… ]

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EY TEAM FINDS BIG REWARDS IN HELPING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GROW

January 29th, 2019

Pricing project for Twining Enterprise benefits all involved

Helping Twining Enterprise develop its pricing strategy brought unexpected rewards for EY’s Alice Bishop.  As a Senior Manager in EY’s Advisory Practice, Alice is usually found advising retail and consumer clients on commercial strategy. Working with Twining, through Social Business Trust, brought fresh perspectives and new challenges: “It was a breath of fresh air and [ Read More… ]

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JUST SAY YES!

January 30th, 2018

How a Bain & Company partner found energy and inspiration from volunteering her expertise

Sophie Horrocks has a lot going on – juggling a demanding career at Bain & Company with other activities outside of work. So when a colleague asked if she would be interested in supporting The Brilliant Club through Social Business Trust (SBT), she was understandably wary of taking on too much. But there was something [ Read More… ]

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DO IT IF YOU CAN, IT’S VERY REWARDING

September 12th, 2017

How top IBM executive Vineet Khurana is helping a leading mental health social enterprise grow

The chance to understand more about mental health and an opportunity to give back to the community were key reasons for Vineet Khurana, Chief Financial Officer at IBM UK & Ireland, to get involved with Twining Enterprise. Vineet was already aware of the impact of mental health challenges on people’s lives: “You come across mental [ Read More… ]

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EY EXPERT HELPS EDUCATION SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PREPARE TO SCALE

September 6th, 2017

Getting more state school pupils into top universities is Consultant Hayley Hand’s goal

Incredible enthusiasm: that’s how EY Senior Consultant Hayley Hand describes her first impression of The Brilliant Club in action. She was visiting Cambridge University, her alma mater, to see how this successful education social enterprise is making a difference to high-potential pupils from under-represented backgrounds. “It was their holidays and when I was at school [ Read More… ]

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TAKE TIME OUT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

February 15th, 2017

How SBT helped a British Gas high-flier develop new skills

Collaborating with a former drug abuser and serial offender would not usually be seen as a good career move. But for Dee Keshwara, Centrica’s new Head of Corporate Citizenship Transformation, it turned out to be a worthwhile step. He worked closely with ex-offender Mark Johnson MBE, CEO and Founder of User Voice, whilst on a [ Read More… ]

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BAIN BRAINPOWER HELPS SOCIAL ENTERPRISES THRIVE

January 26th, 2017

Teams of Bain consultants worked with SBT social enterprises to develop a ‘strategy on a page’ at a recent special event with positive results all round.

Imagine taking the brainpower of top strategy consultants and using that to help your social enterprise thrive. That was the experience of five social enterprises in SBT’s network recently when they joined Bain & Company UK staff for a team social action event. Those social enterprises span pressing social issues including elderly isolation, mental health, [ Read More… ]

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STRATEGY EXPERT HELPS SCHOOLS NETWORK GET READY FOR GROWTH

September 21st, 2016

Bain & Company partner supports Challenge Partners to win a major investment package from SBT and finds the experience benefits her professionally too.

Helping energy sector businesses flourish is how Bain & Company partner and director, Lili Chahbazi normally uses her extensive strategy planning expertise.  So, when Social Business Trust (SBT) approached her about using those skills on a voluntary basis to help a rapidly growing education social enterprise, a sector with which she was unfamiliar, it seemed [ Read More… ]

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FROM INVESTMENT ANALYST TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMER

September 13th, 2016

It’s all in a day’s work for a Permira Investment Professional helping User Voice get set for growth.

When Jack Alcock started analysing business investment opportunities for a leading private equity firm, it’s fair to say that improving the UK’s criminal justice system was not high on his to do list. But that all changed six months ago when, in addition to his day job at global investment firm Permira, he took on [ Read More… ]

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GETTING A BIRDS-EYE VIEW OF HOW AN ORGANISATION IS RUN

August 24th, 2016

A Thomson Reuters executive is using his business intelligence and marketing expertise to help two SBT social enterprises grow. He tells Pioneers Post’s Lee Mannion about the personal and professional benefits of volunteering his skills.

As well as the satisfaction of contributing something to society, of equal value to volunteers is the opportunity to branch out into an area of work that is newly challenging. Matthew Willis is head of business intelligence and marketing automation for Thomson Reuters’ Finance and Risk business. A title like that suggests a breadth of experience; [ Read More… ]

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ENERGY EXECUTIVE HELPS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE POWER UP

May 16th, 2016

EY Partner Stephen Lambert tells Pioneers Post’s Lee Mannion about using his business skills to help Shakespeare Schools Festival grow into the UK’s biggest youth drama festival

Stephen Lambert is a partner at EY, one of the ‘big four’ audit firms, working in the energy sector. As he puts it himself, he helps companies in that field “get better”. It was EY’s UK chairman, Steve Varley who switched him onto working with SBT after he let Varley know that he was looking [ Read More… ]

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BANK EXECUTIVE HELPS YOUTH ENTERPRISE SHINE

February 23rd, 2016

Credit Suisse senior leader gives support through SBT to help Brightside develop a strong plan for sustainable growth.

As a Managing Director running the derivatives hedging team at investment bank Credit Suisse, Sabine Chappard’s days are usually filled with developing and executing complex currency transactions for corporate clients. But in recent months her days have also been punctuated by calls and meetings focused on a very different type of business. Chappard is working [ Read More… ]

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CHILDREN’S COMMUNICATIONS ENTERPRISE SET TO GROW

February 23rd, 2016

Permira investment executive helps I CAN’s social enterprise get ready to scale-up its impact

For Clare Geldard, Operations Director at I CAN, the children’s communications charity, having an Italian investment executive parachuted in to help her, was something she initially viewed sceptically: “My concern was that there would be lots of detailed analysis that wouldn’t result in anything; that I would be given lots of information, not get to [ Read More… ]