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Social Investment “Angels” – a gap that needs filling!

Posted on February 16, 2012 by charles

There seems to be growing acceptance in the UK that social business lacks investment to be able to compete at scale on a level playing field with the private sector. Over the last year there has also, it seems, been … Continue reading

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NHS reform – is it really that radical?

Posted on February 8, 2012 by charles

A great deal of heat and very little light is being generated about the NHS reforms with the debate largely focussed on the issues of increased competition and privatisation of the NHS. On the ground the reality is somewhat different. … Continue reading

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Localism: Is it the beginning of the end for unfettered globalised capital?

Posted on January 30, 2012 by charles

Social entrepreneur and strategist, Charles Bicker, argues that local democracy, and self-interest, may open the door to ethical, sustainable enterprises run for the community and by the community.The Localism Act aims to put local people back in the driving seat … Continue reading

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Bricks and Bread (Investment)

Posted on January 25, 2012 by charles

The Innovation Consortium is currently working with Trudy Thompson, Bricks and Bread CIC, to leverage mainstream investment into sustainability. We have founded a new title, Bricks and Bread (Investment) which will launch in the city in March.Bricks and Bread (Investment) … Continue reading

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Advising and Supporting at National Department Policy Level

Posted on December 30, 2011 by charles

Associates of the Innovation Consortium are currently advising and supporting at national department policy level, 1st and 2nd tier local authorities, higher education, health and schools. Commissioning innovation to deliver services in the new economic climate is, not surprisingly, the … Continue reading

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Positively Useful

Posted on December 28, 2011 by charles

The Innovation Consortium, has founded a new sustainability development organisation, Positively Useful. It will become a social franchise of Bricks and Bread and will act as the lead franchise in Kent for large scale projects such as large biomass generation; … Continue reading

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