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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Artsmark With RIO

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Artsmark – Inspiring young people through the arts and culture We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. That’s why…

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RIO Bridge Website Relaunch

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We are very excited to officially relaunch our redesigned Bridge website! As Bridge Organisation for the South West, we can provide specialist support to organisations around the Arts Award and Artsmark, to help embed the Arts Council’s Quality Principles and to develop Cultural Education Plans. We also help deliver the Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge through supporting the development of…

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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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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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Plymouth Sound

Plymouth: A city that grows good businesses

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Our Chief Executive, Lindsey Hall, and Head of Enterprise & Regeneration, Ed Whitelaw, spoke to Aditya Chakrabortty, senior economics commentator for the Guardian about Plymouth, Social Enterprise, and how we’re doing better business. Read the full article here, or check out extracts of the piece below. Lindsey and Ed also feature on The Alternatives Podcast, where they discuss game-changing economic models and how…

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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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Natalie Ali

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Natalie has been living in Stonehouse for 1 and half years. She has not experienced community work like this before however she does volunteer for a local social enterprise and has previous volunteering experience in both Primary and Secondary schools. She is currently a full time student study Business Management at the University of St. Marks and St. John. The…

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