Case Study

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… ]

News

MENTAL HEALTH ENTERPRISE WINS SUPPORT

July 7th, 2016

Twining joins SBT Design Programme to plan growth

Helping people with mental health problems overcome the barriers to gaining and staying in work is the focus of Twining Enterprise, a social enterprise that’s achieved support from Social Business Trust (SBT). Twining assists unemployed people to get into work and helps employees with mental health difficulties stay in their jobs. It also aids employers [ Read More… ]

News

ELDERLY ISOLATION TACKLED BY NEW ENTERPRISE

June 21st, 2016

Good Company secures start-up funds to address an epidemic of loneliness

Combating loneliness among elderly people is the bold mission of a new social enterprise that has won support from Social Business Trust (SBT). Good Company is tackling the problem by using digital platforms to bring together older people who would like more company with local volunteers who can share their time and interests. It is [ Read More… ]

News

KNIGHTHOOD FOR SBT CHAIR

June 10th, 2016

Our Chair and Co-Founder Damon Buffini receives a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours

Damon Buffini, Chair and co-founder of Social Business Trust (SBT) receives a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced this evening. Damon, who started SBT with social entrepreneur Adele Blakebrough MBE in 2010, is given the honour in recognition of his achievements, including his work with SBT, using the expertise of top business people to [ Read More… ]

News

NEW GROWTH PACKAGE FOR YOUTH ENTERPRISE

June 7th, 2016

Brightside online youth mentoring social enterprise gets £430,000 support to double its impact

Thousands more disadvantaged young people will receive mentoring support to help them succeed as a result of a new investment by Social Business Trust (SBT), announced today. Brightside, which provides online mentoring to young people across the UK, is to receive a package of hands-on business expertise and a cash grant, together worth £430,000. The [ Read More… ]

Case Study

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… ]

News

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL SHOWCASES SBT IMPACT

April 27th, 2016

Business support through SBT is helping Shakespeare Schools Festival grow, with results brought to life in a special performance in London’s West End

Schoolchildren from across the country made their London stage debut last week in a Shakespeare Schools Festival gala marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. The event, sponsored by SBT partner Bain & Company, also celebrated the contribution made to Shakespeare Schools Festival by Social Business Trust (SBT) and all its corporate supporters, providing [ Read More… ]

News

EDUCATION ENTERPRISE GETS BOOST FROM SBT

April 13th, 2016

Social enterprise training teaching assistants to help struggling learners will more than double its impact with expert business help

Thousands more primary school-age children who struggle with basic literacy and numeracy skills are set to get the help they need as a result of new investment from Social Business Trust (SBT) announced today. A package of support worth £500,000 will enable Catch Up®, a social enterprise training teaching assistants to help 100,000 struggling learners annually. [ Read More… ]

News

SBT EXPANDS SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUPPORT

February 23rd, 2016

New SBT Design programme will enable Social Business Trust to more than double the number of social enterprises it helps to grow.

Social Business Trust (SBT) will more than double the number of outstanding social enterprises it works with in just two years as a result of SBT Design, a new programme announced today. Through SBT Design, ambitious, established social enterprises will get hands-on support from the charity for up to 18 months to jointly create a [ Read More… ]

Case Study

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… ]

Case Study

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… ]

News

OVERQUALIFIED: NEW REPORT ON LACK OF QUALITY FLEXIBLE JOBS

January 12th, 2016

New research from SBT-supported Timewise reveals how lack of quality part-time work is trapping milllions in unemployment and roles they are overqualified for.

Almost two million British workers, including parents, people with disabilities and older workers, are trapped by part time work they are overqualified for: that’s the disturbing findings of new research published today by flexible working experts Timewise. Timewise, the first social enterprise to be supported by Social Business Trust (SBT) after its launch five years [ Read More… ]

Opinion

JUSTIN BIEBER AGREES WITH ME

January 6th, 2016

Adele Blakebrough MBE, SBT CEO, says Purpose is an important focus for business in 2016

My youngest daughter gets a lot of stick in our family for being a Justin Bieber fan. With the Christmas holidays behind us I’ll be able to avoid the Canadian boy wonder and his up-tempo melodies at least during the school day and yet as I started to think about 2016 something about Justin Bieber [ Read More… ]

News

SBT CEO ON RADIO 4 TODAY

December 11th, 2015

Adele Blakebrough calls for business leaders to be strategic in using their professional expertise for good.

Businesses can play a key part in solving society’s problems by using their expertise to help great social enterprises grow. That was the message from Adele Blakebrough, Social Business Trust’s CEO, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. Interviewed in the high-profile Friday Boss slot, she told how SBT brings together a “dream [ Read More… ]

News

NEW VIDEO: CHANGING LIVES TOGETHER

November 24th, 2015

SBT’s ground-breaking work with The Challenge is brought to life

Support from Social Business Trust (SBT) has enabled The Challenge, one of the fastest growing social enterprises in the UK, to become the largest provider of the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS). As a result, The Challenge, the UK’s leading charity for an integrated society, will have worked with over 30,000 young people in 2015 alone, having [ Read More… ]

News

SBT AWARDS THE READER £1.5M SUPPORT

November 18th, 2015

Innovative social enterprise addressing social isolation gets cash and business support to grow

The Reader, an innovative social enterprise addressing social isolation and mental health across the UK through literature and shared reading, has been awarded a package of funding and business support worth £1.5 million by Social Business Trust . It will enable The Reader to grow the number of people it helps from 11,000 to 27,000 a [ Read More… ]

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SBT GIVES SOCIAL ENTERPRISES RECORD SUPPORT

November 11th, 2015

New Impact Report shows the difference SBT and its partners can make

A record £4 million worth of cash and in-kind support was committed to social enterprises by Social Business Trust (SBT) last year according to the charity’s new impact report released today. With SBT’s help, the 13 social enterprises it currently works with have accelerated their growth, helping 426,000 people in 2014/15. Successes highlighted in the [ Read More… ]

News

SBT CELEBRATES 5 YEARS

October 20th, 2015

Celebrations took place last week to mark five years of Social Business Trust (SBT) helping great social enterprises to grow.

Over 200 social entrepreneurs, business people and other guests attended a party in London hosted by EY, one of SBT’s seven corporate partners. They heard from SBT Chair, Damon Buffini and CEO, Adele Blakebrough MBE who announced that social enterprises have received £9 million worth of cash grants and in-kind support from SBT since it [ Read More… ]

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SBT SET TO MARK 5TH BIRTHDAY

October 11th, 2015

SBT has provided £9 million of cash and in-kind support to help social enterprises grow

Social enterprises have received £9 million of cash and in-kind support from Social Business Trust since SBT began.The total will be announced at a celebration tonight, marking five years of SBT’s work supporting great social enterprises to scale-up their impact by providing high-calibre business expertise and cash grants. As a result of this support, in [ Read More… ]

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INCLUSIVE CYCLING SUCCESS FOR SBT-SUPPORTED BIKEWORKS

September 8th, 2015

A new all-ability cycling initiative was officially launched today at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, thanks to Bikeworks, the cycling access, employment and training social enterprise.

  Bikeworks, which has been supported by SBT since 2012, is running the programme at the All-Ability Cycling Hub, to encourage everyone to get on wheels. It’s already proving to be hugely popular, with sessions attracting up to 60 participants. The Hub aims to make cycling fully-accessible by providing more than 40 bicycles including a [ Read More… ]

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NEW CEO FOR SBT-SUPPORTED YOUNG ADVISORS

August 20th, 2015

A new CEO is joining SBT-supported Young Advisors as the organisation plans for further growth.

Linda Steggles has worked as a senior manager in the private, health and third sectors, with a specific focus on children, young people and families.  Most recently she was head of operations for a large national charity. Governance and safeguarding are areas of particular importance to Linda, having been a member of local safeguarding children boards [ Read More… ]

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SBT BACKS INNOVATIVE ELDERLY CARE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

June 1st, 2015

Support package worth £550,000 is awarded to Hertfordshire Independent Living Service to expand

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS), a pioneering social enterprise that supports elderly and disabled people to live independently in their homes has been awarded a package of funding and high-calibre business support worth £550,000 by Social Business Trust (SBT). HILS provides a ‘meals on wheels’ delivery service to vulnerable adults, along with welfare checks, companionship [ Read More… ]

Opinion

LET’S NOT HAVE BANKERS PAINTING WALLS

April 17th, 2015

By Adele Blakebrough MBE

It’s great to see employee volunteering being taken seriously with the Tory manifesto pledge of paid volunteering days for more than 15 million employees.Every day at the Social Business Trust (SBT) we see the benefits of employee volunteering – for social enterprises, the employees involved and their employers. But it’s critical that the focus is [ Read More… ]

Opinion

INSPIRING EUROPEAN BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

March 31st, 2015

By Adele Blakebrough MBE, CEO, Social Business Trust

Visiting Gdansk is a profoundly moving experience: walking through the Lenin Shipyard, stark and windswept, where 80 workers were murdered in their fight for workers’ rights; remembering the birth of Solidarity, thirty five years ago and the bravery of Lech Welesa, leading the groundswell for change that precipitated the fall of Communism in Poland. It [ Read More… ]

News

FASHION ENTER FLOURISHES WITH SBT SUPPORT

March 30th, 2015

Want to see more clothing manufactured in the UK and jobs created in the process? Get ready to with the launch last week of the Fashion Technology Academy.

The Academy will open up employment opportunities for thousands of people and encourage the growth of UK garment manufacturing. It is targeting school leavers, with an emphasis on those without jobs, who can study for free. Jenny Holloway, Director of Fashion Enter, said “The FTA shows how true partnership can succeed. We have worked so [ Read More… ]

Opinion

DON’T LET YOUR BACKGROUND HOLD YOU BACK

March 25th, 2015

By Damon Buffini, Co-Founder and Chair of Social Business Trust

Going back to school can generate mixed emotions: pleasure at seeing and meeting young people full of ideas, energy and potential; wonder at how the years have flown by since I was sitting in a classroom; fear that I’ll be put on the spot, asked to solve equations or recite the periodic table and not [ Read More… ]

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SBT CHAIR INSPIRES PUPILS ON OVERCOMING DISADVANTAGES

March 19th, 2015

BBC Radio 4 Today programme feature tells how Damon Buffini went ‘back to school’ to encourage young people in his home town of Leicester to aim high

Damon Buffini, Social Business Trust Chair and boss of the private equity firm Permira, was featured on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, talking about his journey from being brought up on a council estate by a single parent to working for some of the UK’s top companies. Listen to what he had to say [ Read More… ]