Marketplace

  • 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) ...
  • Millennials and Business Leadership - What do the Millennials think about Business Leadership? People born between the early 1980s and the 2000s, often referred to as Millennials, will form half the global workforce by 2020. What they expect from businesses and business leaders is very different from the hierarchical approach currently adopted by most companies. To attract the best talent ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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, ...
  • Is your Legislation up to date? - A recent shocking story from our local area has highlighted the real importance for businesses to be compliant with rules and regulations, for appropriate systems to be in place and staff to be adequeately trained. On Christmas Day in 2012 a Mitchells & Butlers chain pub served Christmas dinner to 128 customers resulting in mother, ...
  • The Illusion of Separation - An interesting and very different view of society and how we have gone against nature in creating consumerism. A new society is proposed, inspired by and in harmony with Nature....  
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Embedded Core Values - A CODE OF PRACTICE TO ENSURE YOUR ORGANISATION MEETS CORE VALUES
  • Putting nature on the business agenda - A Final Report, compiled by the Ecosystem Markets Task Force, has revealed that the business world is still unaware of its true reliance on nature, and risks losing out as a consequence. The Task Force was set up in response to the2011 Natural Environment White Paper, ‘The Natural Choice’, to identify win-win business opportunities that ...
  • NLP in business: client benefits for the taking - A competent entrepreneur is aware of one basic business principle: in every investment, there should be a definite, or at least a potential, reward or profit. This is equally true when it comes to considering the value of shelling out a considerable amount of money for leadership trainings and seminars. There are many organisations that ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “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 ...