13 Oct 2016
Yousif Farah

I recently attended the closing party of the One Festival of Homelessness Art, which took place at the Diorama Art Studios. The event was the conclusion of two months of celebrating and exhibiting the work of talented homeless artists and was sponsored by a number of organisations including St. Mungo’s, Cafe Art, Clothing The Homeless and art magazine Homeless Diamonds.

Talking about why he launched a festival aimed at supporting homeless people in the capital David Tovey, said:

“It only takes one person to change another person's life. I want to be that person and that is what One Festival was set up for” 

Yousif at the Festival- Picture by Savvas Panas Head of Pillion Trust
13 Sep 2016
Yousif Farah

With Social Saturday less than a month away on 15 October, it's time to work out how your organisation can amplify its impact as part of the UK-wide day of activity.

Supported by Number 10 Downing Street and celebrities like Jamie Oliver, last year’s Social Saturday saw more than 80 events ranging from pop-up markets and open-mic events to film screening and dinner parties.

Part of Social Enterprise UK’s #BuySocial campaign, the event is all about encouraging people to buy from organisations that are putting communities and the environment first. Whether you work for a social enterprise, corporate or want to do your bit as an individual, you can make a greater impact through taking part.

25 Aug 2016
Jessica Smith

Social impact is now everyone's business. Over the last few years it has become increasingly apparent to us here at Poached Creative that it's not just social enterprises that need to measure, report and communicate their social impact. The need to account for how donations, public money and, increasingly, commercial activities and spend contribute to communities is strong for commercial and reputational reasons.

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The Social Value Act has been an excellent catalyst for this. A recent report from Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), Procuring for Good, found that 33 per cent of councils are now routinely considering social value in their procurement and commissioning.

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11 Aug 2016

By Nancy Smallwood

SEO - or search engine optimisation - can be something of a mystery. What does it mean in practice, should your organisation be doing it, and how important are keywords?

If you have a website, you need people to find it. This means doing at least some basic SEO.

Search is a marketing channel and it's one of the most powerful because people search with an intention of buying or doing something. In fact, 81% of all internet journeys start with a search engine and Google and YouTube lead the charge.

There's a lot you can do with organic SEO (the type you don't have to pay-per-click for).

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2 Aug 2016
Tobias Priscott

With access to investment finance and grant funding very competitive, it’s often hard for social enterprises to get the funding they need, to make the impact they want.

For this reason it's vital to plan applications carefully, as failed bids can snowball into rushed applications - perhaps the next one will give you the green light to make the impact you are so passionate about.

Social enterprises generate their own income through the services they provide, but many need financial support to achieve their social objectives. Therefore, having a strong fundraising strategy in place can go a long way in helping organisations expand their social provision and amplify their social impact.