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5th March, 2021
Blog | News |

Our Youth Hub MP Visit

Recently at Real Ideas, we have had some very exciting things happening on our programmes with local young people. Our Youth Hub programme, which is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions started in September. It has been doing extremely well and the hard work has not gone unnoticed!

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2nd March, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

The Wildings – A School with a Mission

This is social enterprise in action. This is the work that we support. 

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26th February, 2021
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Generation E Mental Health March

Welcome to Generation E’s takeover! We will be sharing a series of activities, tips, challenges and more that raises awareness for mental health during the month of March.

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25th February, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Open Call for Speakers on Diversity in Creative Sector Businesses

Real Ideas are excited to be offering the opportunity to help us by inspiring a wave of activity designed to diversify the creative landscape in Cornwall.

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18th February, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Calling all gaming companies - we want to hear from you!

Real Ideas want to work with Innovative games studios to create exciting remote work experience opportunities for re young people in Cornwall as part of UK Games Careers Week.

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15th February, 2021
Blog | Jobs and opportunities | News |

Kickstart success for Real Ideas with 189 placements secured

Real Ideas was approved as a Government gateway for the scheme in 2020 and to date has secured 189 placements for more than 55 employers.

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10th February, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for creators, food producers and makers!

Are you an indie maker, creator or food producer looking for a retail platform to showcase what you do? 

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29th January, 2021
Blog | Case Study |

C-Space case study: Say hello to Emma Gunn and her business, Trillium

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28th January, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Real Food: Getting a Job in Hospitality

Many hospitality businesses are starting to recruit NOW- making sure that their teams are ready for the start of a very busy season!

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20th January, 2021
Case Study | News |

Chameleon Gin - The tasty gin that changes colour right before your eyes.

Chameleon Gin is a unique pine and orange flavoured small batch Cornish craft gin. It comes with bio-degradable ‘pockets’ of infusion crammed with the finest dried orange botanicals.

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20th January, 2021
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for a Self Employed Researcher to join our team

Self Employed Researcher required for 6 month part-time project intern work with the Real Ideas Organisation in Plymouth.

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12th January, 2021
Case Study | News |

A little creativity goes a long way - Meet Mindful Art Club

Mindful Art Club has been set up in Plymouth to encourage more people to look after their mental wellbeing.   

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5th January, 2021
Blog | News |

Real Ideas are seeking local bespoke carpenters and/or furniture makers

We are looking for South West based carpenter(s) or furniture makers to work with us on creating bespoke joinery for the Market Hall, due to open in March 2021.

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4th January, 2021
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Accessing our Spaces and keeping our community safe

We have taken the very difficult decision to close our co-working spaces for the next few weeks, until the end of January

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31st December, 2020
Blog | News |

It's goodbye from us... for now - Update on our spaces

In line with the new Tier 3 restrictions coming into effect in Devon and Cornwall from today (Thursday 31 December 2020) we must now close our Spaces to the public and move all of delivery online for the foreseeable future.

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22nd December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Our work with young people

Real Ideas makes work and careers opportunities happen for 18-25 year olds

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18th December, 2020
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A little bit of music - Enjoy tunes from Grace Lightman and Elani Evangelou

Offering a little music and normality in 2020.

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18th December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Kieran: On the front foot and future facing after tricky times

Kieran's achieved the nigh-on impossible: searching for, and finding, a job right in the middle of the COVID pandemic in Cornwall!

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15th December, 2020
Case Study | News |

Heyl Bakery: a bakery with a difference

Heyl Bakery – Heyl is Cornish for estuary - will be the first 100% plant-based bakery in Plymouth combining both sourdough bread and vegan sweet bakes.

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14th December, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We're looking for a forward thinking audio visual company

The Real Ideas Organisation is looking for an Audio Visual company based in the South West to provide AV and digital solutions to our campus of buildings.

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11th December, 2020
News | Press releases |

£1.3 million lifeline for cultural organisations in Plymouth

Real Ideas Organisation will receive £394,135 of funding towards the Market Hall.

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7th December, 2020
News | Press releases |

Say hello to the businesses determined to Start Something great

Life-changing technology, seaweed farming, transforming old plastic waste and a twist on artisan gin are just some of the brilliant new business ideas which are getting much needed expert help to flourish during the Covid-19 pandemic in Devon and Cornwall.

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4th December, 2020
Blog | News | Uncategorised |

Providing food for families during the festive season

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27th November, 2020
Blog | News |

Changing spaces and looking forward to welcoming back audiences… 

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27th November, 2020
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Think Big Shop Small

Small businesses have supported us this year by closing their doors to keep us safe, now it’s time to return the favour. 

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27th November, 2020
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Gifts under £30 - Think Big Shop Small

Gifting under £30 doesn't have to be tough, we've got you covered.

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27th November, 2020
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Gifts For Kids - Think Big Shop Small

Shop for gifts made by independent businesses this festive season!

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27th November, 2020
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Gifts For The Foodie - Think Big Shop Small

Got a foodie friend or a a loved one that loves to cook? Our 'Gifts for the Foodie' guide is just what you need!

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27th November, 2020
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Gifts For Him - Think Big Shop Small

Looking for a gift for him? We've gathered a selection of gift ideas to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier!

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27th November, 2020
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Gifts For Her - Think Big Shop Small

Trying to find that special gift for her? Look no further!

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27th November, 2020
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Experience Gifts And Kits - Think Big Shop Small

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17th November, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

A Real Ideas commission: Launching Cities of Learning Badge School

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4th November, 2020
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Game Changer Participant Takes Over to Cook Up A Storm

Kieran kindly volunteered to take part in the Game Changer food skills share session. These sessions have been designed to allow young people to share a food-based skill, story, insight, experience or a recipe with fellow Game Changer peers.

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3rd November, 2020
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COVID 19 Update for our Spaces and Members

In line with the new COVID restrictions coming into effect from Thursday 05 November we will be closing our Spaces to the public and moving all of our delivery online.  

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23rd October, 2020
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How do I best support my Kickstart placement?

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23rd October, 2020
Uncategorised |

Support for your Kickstart Placement

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19th October, 2020
Blog |

Real Ideas makes work and careers opportunities happen for 18-25 year olds

For 18-25 year olds, simply getting started on the road to finding a dream job, or even simply getting a job can be the hardest part of all. Especially the way things are at the moment.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Guinevere: planting and growing her own future

Meet Guinevere Horroks. Guinevere is currently loving her voluntary role at Cornwall’s Eden Project. And she is on a mission to learn as much as she possibly can about plants and all aspects of gardening with the aim of finding a future job in the gardening world.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Cameron: Builder of his own destiny

Cameron Waller is reflecting on his first month ever in a full-time job working with the team at M&S in Truro.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Elle: Designer of her future success

Elle Heard is all set to sell her beautiful artwork including cards, prints and other items on Etsy, under her working name: Eleanor Louise Ashton. Elle’s talent lies in her taking inspiration from her travels and her home in Cornwall.

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16th October, 2020
Case Study |

Marcus: coaching brilliance in others

Marcus spends four/five months of the year taking others on hikes, climbs, bike-rides, surfing and canoeing, amongst a raft of other activities. And he loves it!

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14th October, 2020
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Community businesses receive funding to grow green

Several Devonport and Stonehouse community businesses have been awarded a share of €50,000 to help restore nature and connect communities with Plymouth’s green spaces, as part of the Green Minds project.

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12th October, 2020
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Kickstart for Schools

We have developed an offer that will support schools to take on Kickstart placements in a way that ensures the process works as easily and simply as possible. We will ensure schools understand what is involved, place their Kickstart employee in an appropriate role in their setting and set up the right support around the placement.

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7th October, 2020
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Kickstart FAQs

We’ve compiled a list of FAQs. Please note that these are our interpretation of many queries raised with DWP and some information may change.

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2nd October, 2020
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This week brought us a very exciting milestone for Liskeard Library!

Our Chief Executive Lindsey Hall met with Cllr Edwina Hannaford for a socially distanced key hand over!

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1st October, 2020
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Kickstart - Why Real Ideas?

Real Ideas is actively looking to become a ‘Gateway’ organisation (you may have heard this role described as an intermediary or representative body) for the Government's Kickstart job creation scheme. 

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1st October, 2020
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Kickstart – What are the costs for me as an employer?

Real Ideas is acting as a gateway to help businesses and organisations access the scheme. So, what are the costs for you as an employer to benefit from the scheme?

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30th September, 2020
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Kickstart - helping young people find employment

From May of this year, reports and articles started to appear about the looming youth unemployment crisis facing the UK bought about by coronavirus.

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15th September, 2020
Blog | News |

What can be done to help young people in 2020

The headline news today that youth unemployment has risen to 4.1% is sadly not unexpected and likely doesn't show the full picture.

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15th September, 2020
News | Press releases |

Illuminate Light Festival is returning in 2021

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8th September, 2020
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Liskeard Library – Deal agreed which gives the green light for refurbishment to begin in 2021

Positivity, but just a little more patience. These are the key words as the refurbishing of Liskeard’s well-loved Passmore Edwards Library is becoming a long-awaited reality.

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3rd September, 2020
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Reflecting on Game Changer Progress in West Cornwall

A short reflection written by one of the brilliant Game Changer navigators.

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1st September, 2020
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Time to be more Ken

Educating Differently Programme Lead Gary Futcher reflects on an educational ‘what might have been’

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24th August, 2020
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Game Changer Participants Secure Work During the Pandemic

Game Changer participants have been working hard to pursue their career goals...

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20th August, 2020
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Start Something

Start Something offers the chance for those with a pet project or start up idea to do just that – start!

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20th August, 2020
News | Press releases |

New £42,000 fund launched for cultural innovators who can change Plymouth for the better

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10th August, 2020
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Community Tourism – Overcoming Challenges with Enterprise, Empowerment and Endless Enthusiasm

A movement of locally rooted, independent enterprises and activists is emerging.

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10th August, 2020
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Game Changer Induction Week Success!

Find out about the most recent Game Changer Induction Week

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10th August, 2020
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Real Ideas Fellowship Opportunity for Young People in the South West

Discover how to apply to our Fellowship opportunities!

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7th August, 2020
Blog | News |

Young People and their Digital Badges

Find out the benefits of digital badges.

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6th August, 2020
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Start Something - support for brilliant new enterprises

Offering 10 FREE membership packages worth over £3,000 each to entrepreneurial people with ideas that we think could become brilliant businesses.

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6th August, 2020
Blog | News | Uncategorised |

How has Covid affected jobs in Devon and Cornwall and how Real Ideas can help

For the majority of us who live in Cornwall and Devon, the biggest impact of Covid is likely to be economic, rather than health related.

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5th August, 2020
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Virtual Work Experience Opportunity for Game Changer Participants

Triangular Pixels are award-winning game developers based in Cornwall. They are looking for budding game artists to take part in virtual work experience.

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31st July, 2020
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Setting out on a new journey

An inspiring young person's work journey with Asperger's Syndrome.

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31st July, 2020
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Aspergers' is my superpower - Blog by WorkAble participant Jessica

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31st July, 2020
Blog | Uncategorised |

Johanna's Game Changer Journey

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21st July, 2020
News | Press releases |

Festival for Change – Finding new ways to build back better post pandemic

Real Ideas is delighted to announce we’re partners for the Festival for Change – an amazing series of online events to create real change.

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10th July, 2020
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Making Better Together

Educating Differently Programme Lead and former headteacher Gary Futcher outlines our plans to support curriculum, recovery and wellbeingin schools though new communities of practice.

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11th June, 2020
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Real Ideas and One Planet Living

As the UK and more of the Western World begins the long road out of lockdown, Real Ideas is looking hard at what lessons and even benefits it has brought to our lives and to our environment.

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28th May, 2020
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‘There is nothing so strong as an idea whose time has come’

Following our recent ‘Imagining the Future Normal’ webinar looking at education post-lockdown, Real Ideas Project Lead and former headteacher Gary Futcher reflects on the way ahead.

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20th May, 2020
Blog | Jobs and opportunities |

We want to make your Ideas Real

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18th May, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We are seeking a Marketing Professional to deliver online content to participants on the Ambitions programme

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15th May, 2020
Blog | News |

Introducing Bluff Its – Giving parents the edge in the home-schooling stakes

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13th May, 2020
Blog | News |

Let’s Create Packs’ for families in need

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6th May, 2020
Case Study |

A success story from Native Makers

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27th April, 2020
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Call for proposals – Plymouth Art Weekender 2020

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24th April, 2020
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Business is our business

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23rd April, 2020
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Does COVID provide a moment to re-evaluate our education system – to future (and virus) proof it?

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22nd April, 2020
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Food and shelter remain the most important factors for survival, but in 21st century Britain, access to the internet is running a close second.

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22nd April, 2020
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Don’t have the kit or connectivity to access the internet during lockdown? Don’t worry, we can help.

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27th February, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Kitchen Designer required for Market Hall

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22nd January, 2020
Jobs and opportunities | News |

We’re after a new website – can you help?

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22nd January, 2020
Uncategorised |

Design team for Liskeard Library required

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27th November, 2019
Jobs and opportunities | News |

Introducing the first Future Make competition

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13th August, 2019
News | Press releases |

Plymouth Set to Become One of the UK’s First Cities of Learning

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1st August, 2019
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Extraordinary Times

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4th July, 2019
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Transcending Prison Walls

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4th February, 2019
Blog | Case Study |

Our Engine Room Journey

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18th January, 2019
News | Press releases |

iMayflower Gets £3.5million From Cultural Development Fund To Improve Plymouth’s Arts And Cultural Industries

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26th October, 2018
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PLANS FOR LIBRARY SUBMITTED

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19th September, 2018
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The Hidden Revolution

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17th July, 2018
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Community Owned Change – We Need To Talk About Anarchism

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5th May, 2018
Blog | News |

Congratulations Lindsey Hall!

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11th April, 2018
News | Press releases |

Plymouth: A city that grows good businesses

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8th December, 2017
Blog | News |

Social Enterprise UK’s Honorary Fellows

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21st July, 2017
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Planning permission granted for Market Hall development

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13th June, 2017
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European Funding is a Game Changer

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12th May, 2017
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Don’t use schools for audience development

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24th April, 2017
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Blood, Sweat and Infrastructure (oh, and graphene?)

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29th November, 2016
News | Press releases |

Real Ideas Organisation wins national social enterprise award

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23rd November, 2016
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Treasury’s Autumn Statement delivers major investment for Market Hall

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14th October, 2016
News | Press releases |

Real Ideas Organisation finalist in the UK Social Enterprise Awards

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21st June, 2016
Blog |

The secret behind Ballot Street Spice success

Nicholas Clitheroe, RIO Consultant

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10th February, 2016
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Next Gen. report raising profile of digital creativity

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7th August, 2015
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Top ten tips and techniques for transformative social enterprise terraforming

Here are my top tips and techniques for supporting social enterprise growth in rural areas.

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24th June, 2015
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Where public and private sector dare not/care not tread

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