Ballot Street Spice takes to the streets of Smethwick!

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Cocoso the Camel wandered the streets of Smethwick last month, with a bunch of eager primary school children we’ve had the pleasure of working with from Victoria Park Primary Academy – just another day in the life of RIO! We’ve been working intensively with the Academy since 2012, and this latest project, ‘Memories of Spice from Smethwick’ sees the young…

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Where public and private sector dare not/care not tread

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As businesses, social enterprises are subject to economic principles in the same way as any other business, but with their own special twist. This was further brought home while on a recent study visit to look at rural social enterprise development in the Scottish Highlands. Adam Smith’s theory of the Division of Labour outlines the relationship between market size and…

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SEQ group going for Gold!

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We’ve been delivering the Gold SEQ to some keen young people, including our new Talent Match Apprentices! The SEQ is a qualification which we developed in partnership with SFEDI, which aims to accredit social enterprise learning by addressing a social or environmental issue. Find out more about the SEQ here. The young people completing this round of SEQ Gold decided…

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South West creative innovators tell the story of Derry-Londonderry Temple

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Built around an ethos of creative innovation, southwest company The Media Workshop develop the creative potential in new technology to tell stories, capture imagination and craft unique experiences, their latest project has been working on the Londonderry Temple. Across Northern Ireland, there exists an extreme tradition of bonfire burning. On the other side of the Atlantic, in the heart of…

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South West leads in Digital Design and Creativity

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In January, Creative England announced their Top 50 Creative Companies, with 7 from the South West and 2 of those from here in Plymouth. Congratulations to Evil Twin Artworks, GroundShatter, Mutant Labs, Rook Films, Sun and Moon Studios, Rumpus and Total Monkery, all leaders in creativity in the South West. The Creative England 50 study showcases the firms across England…

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Total Monkery turns heads in new Greenshoots programme

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Read another captivating insight into the Plymouth digital industry and an achievement for games company Total Monkery below! Digital creative activity in Plymouth goes from strength to strength with local games company Total Monkery recently announced as one of eight businesses nationwide to be selected for Creative England and Microsoft’s Greenshoots Programme. Up-and-coming indie developer Total Monkery has secured the…

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An insight into ‘Highly Interactive’ interactive development organisation

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Plymouth is fast growing as a centre for digital creatives with some extraordinary, exciting and innovative projects underway. Through our latest blogs, we delve into the fascinating industry and find out more from some industry experts! Plymouth based Highly Interactive, a small interactive development studio dedicated to creating highly interactive installations, exhibits and events have recently finished work for Elbow…

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A Driven Force – Meet the Team

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“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford. A Driven Force are working together, focused on a common goal, and have already noticed that doing little things really can make a huge difference. Having met only a handful of times, the group have come together to form a formidable team. They are successfully…

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Our Way work wonders at latest Plymouth Chamber event

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On Thursday 12th March, Plymstock School hosted the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce ‘Meet the Chamber’ event, where over 40 Business Leaders from the city joined the first ever Chamber event hosted in a school setting. The event enabled people to not only take a step back in time, reminiscing about their school days, but it also provided some excellent networking…

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Innovative fundraising campaign sparks imagination

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There is nothing I love more than sharing innovative practises from the world of fundraising – and this is my one of the week! UK charity CoppaFeel! teamed up with Wooshping, a mobile engagement specialist, to distribute interactive wristbands to help women detect breast cancer. The interactive wristbands will be distributed across CoppaFeel!’s ‘University Boob’ Teams – covering 60 universities…

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‘A Driven Force’ – Young people inspiring excellence

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In this ground-breaking project, two different sectors are fused together with the help of some inspirational young people. The challenge was to develop an innovation-driven service that improves the way teenagers and young adults with cancer receive care at Derriford Hospital. Meeting for the second time earlier in the year, the group explored, with RIO’s support, their challenge, identity and…

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Fundraising Policy – be in control of collaboration, don’t let collaboration be in control of you!

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I saw this interesting article on arts sponsorship a few weeks ago, and am so thrilled that Michelle Wright (programme director of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme) and I agree on a subject currently full of hot debate! We are used to working in a multi-funded environment, where corporate investment and philanthropy feature alongside bidding for statutory grants, and…

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Lord Young’s Enterprise for All report accepted by Government

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Lord Young’s Enterprise for All report was recently accepted by government and we want to make sure as many people see it as possible, especially those working in the educational sector. The report focuses on making education relevant for young people, businesses and our economy. We too believe that young people should engage in real world learning. It’s already happening…

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Time to pause and ponder

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With Christmas fast approaching, it feels that our extensive to do list isn’t getting any slimmer, but our time to do it, is! On the count down to a New Year, I find myself musing about how quickly the past year has gone, and rather than thinking about all of the things I haven’t done, I shift to reflect on…

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