RIO welcomes new fund for arts ventures

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RIO Director Matt Little has welcomed a new fund for arts ventures. Arts ventures looking to raise investment can apply for an investment readiness grant as part of a new initiative to bring more capital into the arts sector. Investing for Good and Cabinet Office are developing a new social investment fund for the arts sector. The Arts Ventures Fund…

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Inside the world of the SEQ

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The Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ) is a hands-on qualification developed by the Real Ideas Organisation in partnership with SFEDI Awards that gives young people the knowledge and confidence that they need to be able to go into the world and solve problems within their community, in a socially-enterprising way. Through taking part in the qualification at a Bronze, Silver or…

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RIO heralds Cornwall as UK’s first rural Social Enterprise Zone

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As one of Cornwall’s original social enterprise orientated companies, RIO is today (Tuesday 10th December) warmly welcoming the announcement that the county has been granted the status of the UK’s first Social Enterprise Zone. Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, joined Lindsey Hall, RIO’s co-founder, and a selection of other Cornwall-based or influenced companies, at the Eden Project to mark…

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RIO helps Whitehall connect policy with practice

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A civil servant who spent time with RIO believes input from organisations like ours could offer useful lessons to policy makers. Ben Connah from the Minitry of Justice spent time with RIO at Devonport Guildhall, discussing projects across the region as part of a Big Lottery Fund and Institute of Government backed initiative called ‘Connecting Policy with Practice’. The programme…

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RIO backs Cornwall as first Rural Social Enterprise Zone

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CORNWALL is to become the UK’s first rural Social Enterprise Zone (SEZ), aimed at attracting investment and creating an “entrepreneurial culture” It will see business, social enterprise and the public sector work together in new and innovative ways to create a “more sustainable place to live, work and play”, county leaders hope. The scheme will be officially launched on Tuesday,…

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South West students win awards at Social Enterprise Festival awards ceremony

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Students from across the South West have been recognised at an awards ceremony held in Plymouth on 21st November, as part of the week-long Plymouth Social Enterprise Festival. The students were all supported by the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), taking part in the Social Enterprise Qualification (SEQ), the first qualification to accredit social enterprise learning, or in RIO Challenge Days,…

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Plymouth School Students take on Department for Business Innovation and Skills

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A group of Year 11 students from Plymstock School in Plymouth travelled to London to visit The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on 21st November to raise the profile of their social enterprise, Our Way, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The students took to the West London address with enthusiasm and a professionalism that would have been…

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Plymouth Social Enterprise City Festival 2013

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Plymouth Social Enterprise Week is in its third year running, and this week has seen over a thousand people take part in the various events, doubling figures on last year. The Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place across the UK, and aims to highlight the importance of social enterprise as a growing sector, and ensure it becomes a part of everyday…

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RIO's Social Enterprise Qualification Crosses Continents

RIO’s Social Enterprise Qualification Crosses Continents

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The Social Enterprise Qualification, developed in the south west, is forging an international reputation as the top school in Uganda will now be delivering it as part of their curriculum. Teaching staff from Wampeewo Ntakke School were trained as SEQ mentors on a recent visit to Westlands School, Torquay and will now take their skills and knowledge back to Uganda…

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Secret Fridays is recruiting!

Secret Fridays is recruiting!

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Secret Fridays, an entertainment and employability programme run by Real Ideas Organisation, started again in October and will run for 12 weeks, and we are looking for more 16 – 19 year olds to join! If you didn’t make the open day in October, don’t worry. You can still get involved. We’re looking for young people who are not in…

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Social Enterprise Qualification recognised in sector awards

Social Enterprise Qualification recognised in sector awards

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The first learner in the UK to achieve a Gold SEQ (Social Enterprise Qualification) has been recognised in the national SFEDI awards week. SFEDI, the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative, is a government recognised standards body for business enterprise and support who allows accreditation for the qualification. Amber Webster from Aster Group, whose innovative mobile phone app helped her achieve…

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Real Ideas Organisation scoops RBS grant for enterprise project

Real Ideas Organisation scoops RBS grant for enterprise project

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RIO has today been announced as one of just 10 winners to receive an RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise Grant. Close to 200 organisations submitted applications for funding to run programmes for young people in enterprise. From those applications, twenty-two organisations from across the UK were shortlisted, before ten were chosen as the eventual winners. The grant applications were submitted online…

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