Congratulations Lindsey Hall!

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We’re thrilled to announce that for the second year running RIO’s Lindsey Hall has been recognised for the The annual NatWest WISE100! Lindsey was included on the list last year and is amongst 18 women nominated two years in a row. Congratulations Lindsey! The annual NatWest WISE100 recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business….

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PLANS FOR LIBRARY SUBMITTED

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We’re excited to announce that the plans have finally been submitted for us to take over the day to day running of the Library Service in Liskeard, keeping provision in the town centre.    The hope is to create a contemporary Library for Liskeard; an engaging space, open to everyone and with broad appeal.   The move comes as Cornwall Council continues…

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The Hidden Revolution

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We always knew social enterprise is an important part of our economy but a new report, launched today shows the size of the social enterprise sector is more than double previous estimates. The Hidden Revolution shows that social enterprises contribute £60 billion to UK GDP compared to the previous estimate of £24 billion. Furthermore there are over 100,000 social enterprises in…

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Column Bakehouse shortlisted for the 2018 Food and Drink Devon awards!

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Column Bakehouse shortlisted for the 2018 Food and Drink Devon awards! We’re delighted to announce that our daughter enterprise Column Bakehouse has been shortlisted for the Food and Drink Devon 2018 awards. The valued Food and Drink Devon Awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising our most respected and influential artisan food and drink producers and establishments. The…

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Community Owned Change – We Need To Talk About Anarchism

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We need to talk about anarchism. Once you get past the often mis-leading, negative, bomb-chucking stereotypes of the proceeding centuries, many of the ideas contained within the, by definition, very broad church of anarchist thought are quite sensible. Indeed, in many cases emphasizing balance and moderation. They also have the potential to provide at least part of the answer to…

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The South West Mutual – why do we need a new bank for the South West?

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Thu 26 July 2018 7pm-9pm Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth, PL1 4EL Did you know that Plymouth has an award-winning regional mutual bank with over £300m of assets and 9 branches dedicated to serving local businesses and residents? This is the US town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Mayflower pilgrims established the first US colony in 1620 after their long…

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Students at Flavour Fest

Rising Stars – Students Get A Flavour For Baking At Food Festival

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City College Plymouth and Column Bakehouse teamed up to showcase the next generation of hospitality and catering professionals at this year’s Flavour Fest. In preparation for their attendance at the South West’s largest food and drink festival, the City College students were given bread making master classes from the baking experts at Column Bakehouse. Georgiana Downing (18) is studying Professional…

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Service Commissioning Brief

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Seeking a vibrant and entrepreneurial individual to work alongside members of the Talent Match team for a [limited amount of time] to provide extra capacity at a crucial time for the project and deliver an important piece of work. Talent Match is in its final year and building its legacy plan. Part of the legacy the project would like to…

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Make Things Happen - Column Bake House

Column Bakehouse launches new fund to ‘Make Things Happen’ in Devonport and Stonehouse

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Column Bakehouse – the social enterprise artisan bakery, run by RIO – is today, on Valentine’s Day, [Wednesday 14 Feb 2018] launching a new initiative show some love to the neighbourhoods its cafés call home, by creating a ‘Make Things Happen’ fund to support community enterprise ideas in Devonport and Stonehouse. Working with Power to Change and its ‘Empowering Places’…

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Social Enterprise UK’s Honorary Fellows

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First Honorary Social Enterprise UK Fellows 2017 will mark the 15th anniversary of Social Enterprise UK. In the last 15 years the UK social enterprise sector has grown, evolved and increased its visibility and impact considerably. The growth of the sector is due, in large part, to the individuals who work at its very heart, taking their own organisations from strength…

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