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TEMPO JOINS SBT DESIGN PROGRAMME

December 6th, 2018

Time Credits social enterprise gets SBT help to plan for growth

Supporting and strengthening disconnected communities by encouraging volunteering is the goal of Tempo, which has won support from Social Business Trust (SBT) to grow its work. Tempo works in partnership with local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and others to deliver Time Credits programmes. Their programmes extend across communities and make volunteering more accessible so that [ Read More… ]

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BATTLE OF THE BRAINS

November 22nd, 2018

SBT quiz brings together supporters to network and increase our social enterprise grant fund

Fierce but friendly rivalry dominated as teams of top business people battled to win the Social Business Trust Big City Quiz 2018 last week. Hosted by Clifford Chance and supported by all SBT’s corporate partners, the event saw the Smart-EYs team from EY beat off strong competition, to be crowned champions with Bain & Company’s [ Read More… ]

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NEW SUPPORT FOR THE CHALLENGE

October 23rd, 2018

SBT awards major in-kind support package to high-impact social enterprise

Helping 57,000 young people a year by 2020 is the goal of The Challenge, which has been granted a new package of support by Social Business Trust (SBT). The Challenge has already, with SBT’s involvement, become the UK’s leading social integration charity and the largest provider of the government’s National Citizen Service for young people. [ Read More… ]

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PERMIRA DEBT MANAGERS IN NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH SBT

July 17th, 2018

Finance experts to help SBT’s portfolio of social enterprises grow

Social Business Trust (SBT) is delighted to announce a new corporate partnership with Permira Debt Managers (PDM). The company, a leading provider of alternative credit solutions and long-term capital for successful businesses, will provide financial support and in-kind expertise to help great social enterprises grow. PDM is a partner in the growth of household names [ Read More… ]

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SBT CEOs HEAD TO HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

July 13th, 2018

Social enterprise leaders win prestigious scholarships with support from SBT

Harvard Business School is where the chief executives of two social enterprises supported by Social Business Trust (SBT) are heading this weekend. With SBT’s support, Anand Shukla, CEO of Brightside and Chris Wilson, CEO of The Brilliant Club have both won funded places on the prestigious American institution’s strategy course for charity and social enterprise [ Read More… ]

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SBT CELEBRATES RECORD VOLUNTEER NUMBERS

July 6th, 2018

Event marks rise in business experts helping top social enterprises grow

A record number of business volunteers helped social enterprises grow through Social Business Trust (SBT) in the last year. The news was announced at a celebration event for SBT volunteers and the social enterprises they support, hosted by SBT corporate partner, EY, last night SBT CEO Adele Blakebrough MBE told guests that the number of [ Read More… ]

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VOLUNTEERING REINVENTED

July 5th, 2018

New SBT guide sets out the benefits to business of helping social enterprises grow

Businesses benefit enormously from enabling staff to volunteer their professional expertise for social good. That’s the message of Volunteering Reinvented, The Business Benefits of Helping Social Enterprises Grow, published by Social Business Trust (SBT) today. Skills volunteering can be seen solely as a corporate responsibility activity, with businesses giving their help to smaller social enterprises [ Read More… ]

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NEW CHAIR FOR SOCIAL BUSINESS TRUST

May 2nd, 2018

Business high-flyer Larissa Joy is excited to join SBT and ambitious for it to achieve even more

“SBT’s approach is high impact, exciting and makes a real difference to social enterprises and businesses alike.” That’s how Larissa Joy, announced today as the new Chair of Social Business Trust (SBT) describes its work. Larissa says she was attracted to SBT because it is so effective in helping social enterprises to scale-up: “SBT’s support is deep, [ Read More… ]

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INSIDE SBT INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

March 21st, 2018

New film shows how senior business leaders work together through Social Business Trust to help great social enterprises grow

How does Social Business Trust (SBT) decide which social enterprises to support? The top business leaders who make those decisions are the focus of a new film from SBT published here today. Inside SBT Investment Committee brings to life the work of senior executives from our corporate partners, who gather regularly to hear from leading [ Read More… ]

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BRILLIANT EDUCATION ENTERPRISE WINS SBT SUPPORT

January 30th, 2018

The Brilliant Club will scale up its work with game-changing investment worth £800,000

Thousands more under-represented pupils will get help to progress to highly-selective universities thanks to new support for The Brilliant Club from Social Business Trust (SBT) announced today. The Brilliant Club mobilises the PhD community to share its academic expertise with non-selective state schools, raising attainment and aspirations. It is already one of the largest university [ 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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BAIN STRATEGISTS HELP SOCIAL ENTERPRISES SCALE

January 11th, 2018

Top consultants collaborate with SBT-supported enterprises to expand their social impact

Strategy consultants from across Bain & Company came together recently to help five social enterprises in Social Business Trust’s (SBT) network plan for growth. Those involved included: I CAN, whose social enterprise helps children with communications difficulties Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, supporting elderly and disabled people to live independently Brightside, providing online mentoring to help [ Read More… ]

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GOOD GOVERNANCE BRINGS TRUSTEES TOGETHER

December 5th, 2017

Peer learning helps social enterprise trustees get to grips with governance

Good governance was the focus of an event held last night by Social Business Trust (SBT) for trustees of social enterprises in our network. Over 50 attendees from social enterprises including Brightside, The Challenge and London Early Years Foundation, were welcomed by Stephen Lambert, Partner, EY, who hosted the evening. They heard Sir Richard Lambert [ Read More… ]

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GOAL SET TO HELP 3 MILLION PEOPLE

November 8th, 2017

SBT announces new target to help millions of beneficiaries by supporting great social enterprises to grow

Helping three million people in need: that’s the bold new goal for Social Business Trust (SBT) announced by our CEO Adele Blakebrough MBE. The target was unveiled at an event last night, hosted by EY, one of our eight corporate partners, to celebrate a record-breaking year of achievement for SBT. Over 200 attendees heard how [ Read More… ]

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RECORD YEAR FOR SOCIAL BUSINESS TRUST

November 7th, 2017

New report reveals a record amount of cash and in-kind support given by SBT last year to help great social enterprises grow

£3.1m-worth of cash and in-kind support was given by Social Business Trust (SBT) in 2016/17 to help outstanding social enterprises scale-up. The total, including 6,400 hours of world-class volunteer business expertise from SBT’s corporate partners, is the most given in one year since SBT began in 2010. The record is revealed in SBT’s new 2016/17 [ Read More… ]

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PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS OVER 1M CARING INTERVENTIONS

October 10th, 2017

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service celebrates growing impact of its work, thanks to SBT support

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) is celebrating the milestone of over one million caring interventions delivered to vulnerable, elderly, and disabled people since it began working with Social Business Trust (SBT) two years ago. From small beginnings in 2007, with seven members of staff delivering meals on wheels to people in their homes, HILS now [ Read More… ]

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BOOST FOR MENTAL HEALTH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

September 12th, 2017

Twining Enterprise wins support worth £485,000 from SBT

More people with mental health problems will get the help they need to keep their jobs or get into work as a result of new support for Twining Enterprise from Social Business Trust (SBT) announced today. Twining, a leading provider of ‘back to work’ mental health advice and support services, has already grown rapidly over [ 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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INNOVATIVE EDUCATION ENTERPRISE GETS SET FOR GROWTH

September 6th, 2017

The Brilliant Club joins SBT Design programme to plan for scale

Getting more young people from under-represented backgrounds into highly-selective universities: that’s the mission of The Brilliant Club, which has just won support from Social Business Trust (SBT). The Brilliant Club mobilises the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools, raising aspirations and attainment. Its model is simple but powerful, delivering impressive results. [ 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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EVAN DAVIS HOSTS SBT UNLOCKING GROWTH EVENT

July 4th, 2017

Ambitious, sustainable social enterprise growth is focus of lively debate at SBT report launch

Evan Davis, presenter of Newsnight and Dragon’s Den, joined Social Business Trust today to launch our new report Unlocking Growth -The Insider’s Guide to Scaling Your Social Enterprise. The launch event, a packed out gathering hosted by SBT business partner Permira, brought together leading social entrepreneurs and top business people to talk about what it [ Read More… ]

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UNLOCKING GROWTH – THE INSIDER’S GUIDE

July 4th, 2017

SBT shares experience to help ambitious social enterprises grow

How can ambitious social enterprises grow to multiply their impact? That’s the focus of Unlocking Growth -The Insider’s Guide to Scaling Your Social Enterprise, published by Social Business Trust (SBT) today. Unlocking Growth shares the key lessons learnt by SBT and the social enterprises we are supporting to grow, informed by the expertise of our [ Read More… ]

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NEW INVESTMENT FOR I CAN

February 28th, 2017

Social enterprise helping children with communications difficulties wins support worth £515,000

Thousands of children with communications difficulties will get the help they need to speak, read and write as a result of new support for I CAN from Social Business Trust (SBT). The children’s communication charity won the investment for its social enterprise arm, started four years ago, which already reaches over 32,000 children a year. [ 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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THANK YOU SIR DAMON!

February 8th, 2017

SBT Chair, stepping down this spring, says: “It’s been a huge privilege to work with outstanding businesses to help an amazing portfolio of social enterprises grow. SBT will always remain close to my heart.”

Social Business Trust Chairman, Sir Damon Buffini, is stepping down after six years in the role, with a rallying call for businesses to grow their support to help great social enterprises grow. Sir Damon, former Chair and Managing Partner of global investment firm Permira who co-founded the charity with social entrepreneur Adele Blakebrough MBE, will [ 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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NEW INVESTMENT TO HELP HALF A MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE

September 21st, 2016

Education social enterprise Challenge Partners set to expand with support worth £692,000 from SBT

Challenge Partners, a social enterprise that aims to improve the quality of school education nationally, has been awarded investment worth £692,000 by Social Business Trust (SBT). As a result, it plans to grow to help nearly 500,000 students a year by 2021, up from 193,000 children in over 360 schools currently. The investment includes a [ 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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NEW GROWTH INVESTMENT FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE ENTERPRISE

September 13th, 2016

User Voice to scale-up its impact with support worth £580,000 from SBT

A social enterprise that gives a voice to people in prison and on probation, increasing their chance of successful rehabilitation, is set to double its reach thanks to a package of new investment from Social Business Trust (SBT) announced today. User Voice currently helps one third of all people in prison and on probation in England and Wales. [ 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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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… ]

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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… ]