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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RIO to deliver Surplus for Purpose – from income generation to social value

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Based on the successful social enterprise delivery programme devised for Cornwall Council, RIO has designed ‘Surplus for Purpose’ four day course, which is aimed at providing employers and their workforce with the skills needed to be enterprising, innovative and more commercial in the current often challenging environment. Surplus for Purpose is a unique programme of support, designed to meet the…

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RIO to run consultation sessions for unemployed across South West

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RIO has been commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions to run sessions in the South West for people of all ages who are looking for work around different areas of employment. ‘Define Your Future’ is targeted at those who are disabled or with a health condition who are finding employment opportunities difficult, due to their disability or health…

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RIO supported young person from City College Plymouth – nominated for Creative Choice Award

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The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016 is taking place on 2nd March and will be judged by leading employers in the creative industries. Young people from across the country have been nominated for awards in design and craft skills, cultural heritage, music, theatre and more. Emma Maitland, a young person from City College Plymouth whom RIO worked with through…

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EVENT: Joshua Reynolds ‘Who pays for Art?’ Reception & Debate with Tim Marlow

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‘Who pays for art?’ Presentation, Drinks Reception & Debate with Tim Marlow from the Royal Academy of Arts 6:30pm-9:30pm Friday March 4th 2016 Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth As part of a city wide project to celebrate the life and work of ‘Britain’s greatest portrait painter’ Joshua Reynolds and his time in Plymouth, RIO, in partnership with the RSA, Arts Council England…

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Smart Cities Leader ‘impressed with Plymouth’s appetite for innovation’

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International Smart Cities leader Dan Byles hosted a Future Debate at Devonport Guildhall last week Thursday 11 February, 2016, speaking to a packed crowd of digital professionals, city leaders, businesses and the wider public. The Smart Cities movement looks at how digital innovation, open data, engaged civic society and public, private sector collaborations create change around social mobility, improved environments…

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Curledge Street Primary Academy uses study of Ancient Baghdad to learn about other cultures

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Pupils and staff from Curlege Street Primary Academy in Torbay have been working hard over this term, delivering their history topic on Ancient Islamic Civilisations (Baghdad 900 AD). Working with RIO consultants Deshni Pyndiah and Jonathan Clitheroe, the pupils have been tasked with the challenge of “how can we investigate Ancient Baghdad’s Golden Age and by doing so help our…

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