Nexit – what now for Plymouth and the South West

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RIO calls for new alliances with post-Brexit event Pioneering Plymouth-based social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – is hosting a special event later this month [Wednesday 20 July] at Devonport Guildhall to debate the future for Plymouth and the wider south west in Brexit Britain. ‘Nexit – what now for Plymouth and the south west?’ will feature guest…

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Marine Academy Plymouth’s Super Summer Showcase returns!

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The Super Summer Showcase is a carnival-themed event being organised and run by Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) on Friday 15th July, taking place at the secondary school. Following on from last year’s success, MAP has decided to further strengthen its bond with the community with many activities for all ages already confirmed, such as a bouncy castle, sumo wrestling suits…

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12 South West Entrepreneurs Start Community Business Leadership Programme

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The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) today launches a new leadership programme for community business leaders in the South West to develop their skills and connect with their peers across England. Twelve business leaders from ten community businesses including a Gloucestershire village shop, a Grade II listed community-owned arts venue in Falmouth and a…

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RIO’s response to the referendum result

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CEO of RIO Lindsey Hall has spoken out regarding the result of the EU referendum. Please read our response as RIO below. “We respect the democratic process and whilst this isn’t the result we had hoped for, what is important now is that everyone, especially our elected MPs, steps back from conflict and finds ways to heal the deep divisions…

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RIO backs ‘Remain’ campaign

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RIO is a creative social enterprise, supporting people – especially young people – to build better futures. Now more than ever we believe Britain is better off as part of the EU, which is why we are supporting the ‘Remain’ campaign. Here’s why. We want MORE diversity and collaboration, not less Our values are those of inclusion, openness and collaboration….

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Column Bakehouse Lead Sponsor for Flavour Fest!

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Flavour Fest, the Plymouth based food festival extravaganza returns for its thirteenth year this summer, and we are pleased to say that Column Bakehouse is the festival’s new title sponsor! Visitors can look forward to an exciting programme of chef demonstrations (including our very own artisan bakers!), brand new traders and a full line-up of entertainment from Friday 3 June…

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Closing the Circle: digital, transport & the circular economy

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Designers of the Riversimple Rasa – as seen on the BBC – the radical new and innovative hydrogen fueled cell car come to Plymouth. Leading social enterprise RIO and the Market Hall, the South West’s future space for all things digital, are introducing their next digital-themed free event at Devonport Guildhall on Thursday 16th June. ‘Closing the Circle: Digital, Transport…

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Creative Employment Programme supports thousands of young people

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The Creative Skills Initiative, the pre-employment strand of the Creative Employment Programme, has delivered real work experience opportunities to nearly 1500 young people since it began just two and a half years ago. The accredited learning programme aims to provide young people aged 16-21 with employability skills and experiences in the creative and cultural sector. The programme links young people…

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RIO event urges businesses to see abilities – not disabilities – when recruiting

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Businesses in the Mendips will be encouraged to see the potential of people with disabilities and health conditions to join their workforce at ‘Reversing the Recruitment Process’ on Tuesday 24th May, 2-4.30pm, at the Bath and West Showground. There are around 7million uniquely talented people across the UK living with disabilities and health conditions that could make a valuable contribution…

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RIO and Victoria Park Primary Academy collaboration shortlisted for TES Award

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RIO’s work with Victoria Park Academy has been shortlisted for a Times Education Supplement (TES) Award for the unique collaboration. Set up with support from RIO, Ballot Street Spice is a successful school-based social enterprise formed in 2014 to find a way of bringing together Victoria Park’s diverse community through the sharing of spice, and using social enterprise to learn…

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RIO supports RSA Community Leadership Business Programme

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RIO is supporting the RSA, Power to Change and Sheffield University Management School to explore the unique leadership challenges faced by community businesses. Community businesses are locally rooted and driven by a philosophy of community benefit, enterprise, inclusiveness and community control. They present a unique way of truly empowering local people, giving people from all corners of their local community…

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RIO on the Spring Budget 2016

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The public and third sector are bracing themselves for more cuts and financial uncertainty after George Osborne announced major changes in the spring budget. We look at what impact this will have across all of the sectors that we work in. Lindsey Hall, Chief executive of RIO noted that “In the short term SMEs and businesses generally will enjoy lower…

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‘Define your Future’ sessions launch in Mendips

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As announced earlier, RIO will be running the first of its consultation sessions later this month as required by the Department for Work and Pensions to support people around different areas of employment. ‘Define Your Future’ is aimed at those who are disabled or living with a health condition and takes place across the Mendips. These first consultation sessions are…

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Next Open Data Play Day announced

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At a time when the digital sector is growing rapidly and becoming a key part of a range of careers and futures it’s essential to give students the opportunity to explore the sector and make a valuable and meaningful contribution. Plymouth is leading the way in investing in digital developments like the Market Hall and pioneering approaches to open data….

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New income generation approach to help close the budget gap

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Pioneering Plymouth-based RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – is launching a brand new programme of support next month, drawing on its social enterprise expertise to help organisations find new ways to generate income and close the ever increasing budget gap. As grant funding continues to shrink many public and third sector organisations are looking for new ways to do…

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