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  • The Responsible Business Workbook - Why the Responsible Business Workbook can really help your business The following article has been provided by Jo Shaer, Managing Director of Lollipop Local, a digital agency based in Southend-on-Sea. Jo was eager to share how the Responsible Business Workbook had benefited her company. Lollipop Local is a member of ORB (Organisation for Responsible Businesses) ...
  • Nurture the rise of the ethical entrepreneur - Entrepreneurship continues to grow and an increasing number of people start their own business every year. With this trend likely to continue, it is important to help nurture an enterprising mindset from an early age to ensure budding business owners of the future are successful in starting and sustaining new business models. Even if young ...
  • It was more of a Triple Whammy……!! - Double Whammy Networking is the fundraising arm of ORB, currently operational only in Southend* (but with plans to expand - see below.) DW events are ad hoc business networking events, so called because: a) They provide good quality business networking; and b) They raise funds for the local community. To ensure good networking we don’t ...
  • Living Wage Week - It’s Living Wage Week, but what does that mean? Did you know that the first week of November marks the annual Living Wage Week? Designed to coincide with the government’s yearly announcement of the revised Living Wage, the week consists of a range of events, from rallies to film screenings, all aiming to get more ...
  • Responsible Advertising: Marketing To Children - When advertising a product or service it is important to be careful, to avoid causing offence through a marketing campaign that could be seen as sexist, racist or even too suggestive. Commercials surround us; business owners use a number of ways to communicate messages including SMS marketing campaigns that ping directly to our phone; and ...
  • Social Enterprise – the darker side - Many people know that I have what I would call a Love / Hate relationship with Social Enterprise. I love the ethos of giving social value being more important than making a profit – although of course we must never forget that ALL organisations need to make a profit, even if they call it a ...
  • The Results of a CSR Internship -   I can’t believe that my time at ORB is nearly at an end! It has gone incredibly quickly but in that short time I don’t think I could have learnt a lot more than I have. From being well and truly thrown in the deep end I pretty quickly learnt how to network, pitch, ...
  • Engaged in the Community -Top 10 Tips! -   There so many benefits to be had for any business by engaging with the local community –but as with any business strategy it should be done correctly to maximise the benefits! Lacey Thayers CIC is a firm of consultants that we work very closely with. They are experts in optimising a business’s success by ...
  • The Millennials are Coming - There is a huge amount of research investigating the social changes in business all over the world and this survey is no different in believing that there will be big changes to come that companies all need to be ready for. The 2015 Deloitte Millennial Survey explored what the next generation of leaders, The Millennials, ...
  • Engage your Staff in Community Projects - Since starting my internship with the Southend Business and Community Charter I’ve had a chat with a number of small business owners that are really passionate about engaging with the local community and clearly demonstrating it is of real importance to them as an individual. However the thing I’ve found interesting (if not a little ...
  • The B Team! - Have you heard of the incredible B Team? Having only just come across it myself I am inspired by the efforts of the movement to change how the world does business and switch from ‘Plan A’ to ‘Plan B’ where it’s priorities are People, Planet and Profit (just like ORB!). The movement was Co-Founded by ...
  • ‘The Values Revolution’ - The Values Revolution evidences a major public shift towards more socially concious behaviour. This exciting research was conducted by ‘Global Tolerance’, a leading global social change consultancy that helps organisations harness this social attitude shift and to do well while doing so. This  research identifies significant implications for all business sectors in order to survive the ...
  • Entrepreneurs ARE a noble bunch…! - Oh dear. Editor-in-chief Jeremy O’Grady normally delivers words of wisdom in his weekly musings in The Week - a weekly paper /magazine providing an unbiased summary of the week’s news. But this time he’s got it horribly wrong. Entrepreneurs across the country need to ask him to reconsider his comments! Jeremy says: “the entrepreneur is ...
  • Your Greatest Responsibility is to your Employees. - Article by Mike Jennings: I have been running my family business now for nearly 20 years. We own and rent commercial premises to small businesses in Oxfordshire. It is profitable, and people consider me a success. But I don’t feel that building a financially successful business makes me a success in my life. These people ...
  • Oh oh! Here comes the consultant! - I don’t have a problem per se with consultants, but the type of “business expert” who hasn’t adapted to today’s changing business world drives me nuts! And sadly, I think far too many business consultants fall in to that category. You know the type I mean? Guys, and it is mostly men, who are still ...
  • DON’T HIDE YOUR LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL! - We recently launched the Southend Business and Community Charter, an initiative we are working on with local authorities and other organisations to encourage businesses to get more involved in their local communities, and celebrate and acknowledge those that do via a rolling awards system. What has been an absolutely amazing discovery is the number of ...
  • Sustainability and the IoD - In November, the Institute of Directors (IoD) held an event in conjunction with the British Standards Institute (BSI) relating to sustainability. I was pleased to attend and naturally delighted that the IoD is encouraging it’s members to consider sustainability. But, as always, the question is what is sustainability? One of my frustrations is that events ...
  • The Responsible Business Conference - On Monday 18th November people will start arriving in Southend for the Responsible Business Conference, heralding the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • ‘Set your destination to amazing’ - Everyone in the country has favourite memories from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Now there’s a chance to capture the spirit of that amazing time by taking part in Britain’s Personal Best.
  • Embedded Core Values - A CODE OF PRACTICE TO ENSURE YOUR ORGANISATION MEETS CORE VALUES
  • Take a break to boost business - A change is as good as a rest I’m told, but only if it involves a change of scenery, perhaps a sunny beach as opposed to my computer screen. I’m not work-shy, but I do know how important it is to take a break.
  • The Need for Radical Monetary Reform - The way money is created is at the root of the environmental and economic crisis.
  • The European CSR Award Scheme - The European CSR Awards scheme presents a wonderful opportunity for the EU to join together and recognise the importance of CSR and celebrate great initiatives.
  • The church and business working together. - It is heartwarming to see the church and business working together. Ely Cathedral Business Group provide an excellent example of how this works.
  • Adding Social Value - local councils have been freed from excessive and prescriptive guidance and duties in return for a “social responsibility” deal which asks that they continue to give support to local voluntary and community groups and small businesses.
  • ‘Focus on Enforcement – food manufacturing - ‘Focus on Enforcement’ - opportunity for small businesses in food manufacturing to have their say on the way regulations are enforced
  • A great training weekend - We delivered another training session this weekend – our first two day course. Everyone was particularly excited about the potential for new CSR initiatives emanating out of the EU – and the impact the new Public Services (social value) Bill 2012 will have on public sector procurement.
  • A new language in the construction industry - I attended a local business breakfast event on Thursday and was particularly impressed with the presentations from Mark Potter and Rachel Johns of national construction company Morgan Sindall.
  • Focus on Enforcement - The Government has already acknowledged that small businesses are over burdened with inappropriate legislation and have adopted a process of eliminating red tape.
  • B1G1 – Be Inspired - I have just attended one of Paul Dunn’s Inspire! seminars – and my goodness, it really was inspiring!
  • Versatile Training CIC – a social enterprise I love. - I was delighted to present a discussion on CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility – at the official launch of Versatile Training CIC last night. I was particularly pleased to do so because I have a bit of a love / hate relationship with social enterprises – but Versatile Training is one I love! Let me ...
  • “Unemployment Day” in the high street. - The recession continues to bite, unemployment is rising and businesses are closing. The struggle is particularly intense in our high streets as they not only have to contend with a downturn in the economy, but also changes in purchasing habits
  • Your Brand–Your Reputation - When starting a business, one of the big considerations is the “corporate image.” Choosing a logo, the company colours, the style of literature and web sites is all part of that initial branding exercise. And without doubt, that early stage branding plays a very important part of a company’s image and potential development.
  • Sustainability – bottom up or top down? - In my work with SMEs, I invariably find that the sustainability journey is very much top down: that is, it is led by the owner / managing director who has personal aspirations in that direction. Similarly, I find it virtually impossible to profile the type of company or industry, apart from the obvious eco-businesses, that ...
  • Cancum – what were the outcomes? - After the disaster that was the Copenhagen Conference, hopes for achieving any substantial results at the Cancun Conference were modest. And, indeed, it looked initially as if those slim hopes were going to be self-fulfilling. But progress has been made and some excellent building blocks are now in place.