Here’s what you might have missed in October 2020.

Here at The Circle we’ve been busy delivering projects, working with the community and looking to the future. We’ve also got a brand new monthly newsletter up and running where we share all our good news from the month prior and all the opportunities and events for the months ahead.

Our biggest news from October. The Semi Circle is here!

The Semi Circle programme is flexible online learning programme for those running, or looking to set up a socially impactful business, and current and aspiring third sector leaders.It is brand new addition to The Circle Academy, that consists of 20 expert speaker led sessions and additional tools, guides and templates on our brand new digital learning platform. 

You can read more about The Semi Circle programme here.


Inside The Circle 

We know times are hard just now during this challenging period of uncertainty. For many, our working spaces have become dining room tables, the edge of the bed or our living room. There’s plenty to enjoy about the flexibility of working from home, but we’ve found that as more people begin to safely return to their offices, they come to realise what they were missing: other people!! An exciting opportunity has come up to join the thriving community of tenants based at The Circle. We have two separate office spaces available to hire on flexible and competitive terms, one of which includes a fantastic outdoor play area which would be perfect for a nursery or children’s services. Both spaces have plenty room for social distancing measures. To note your interest, discuss further or to arrange a viewing, please contact Paul Hastie on 01382 699990 or email

An Ode To… 

An ode to Odie. If you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her in person, or seeing the pictures we’ve shared over on our social media, We’d like to introduce you to Odie, our office dog. Odie is such a friendly and lively puppy that loves being part of The Circle Team. The greeting she gives tenants and the team when they walk into the office makes everyone’s day, and she is the life of the party at our virtual team meetings.

Odie, our office Dog, at the start of the year, and now.

Tenant Of The Month: 

We’d love for you to meet our newest tenant. FuneralLink moved into an office at The Circle this month. Funeral Link is a charity operating in Dundee that tackles funeral poverty by offering confidential support during times of bereavement. 


Industry Insider: 

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), will now be extended. From 1st November, the UK government will commit to paying 80% of the wages of furloughed employees. Visit the website to find out more. 
There are a number of other resources where you can access funding if your organisation has been impacted by Covid-19. Take a look at SCVOGrant Finder, and Foundation Scotland to find opportunities relevant to your organisation.


The Circle is offering a limited number of consultancy calls to organisations or individuals looking to change how they do things, or set up new ventures to support their community, as a result of the pandemic. If you’d like to book one of the four slots scheduled for the 2nd of December, click here. You will need to fill out a short form ahead of the session, and the cost is £54. 

The Circle Academy 

 “I think that you’ve nailed it with regards to the subjects you’ve chosen to cover, these really are what anyone would need to know to start, and sustain a business and everything in between. I also like the fact that I can go back to any of the sessions at any time, I prefer to take a bit of time over things before they really sink in… definitely takes the pressure off and lets you learn at your own pace. So thank you!”

Feedback from Elaine, one of the participants of Cohort 3 of The Circle Academy. Cohort 3 is our first Full Circle cohort to be delivered digitally through our online learning platform.

The Semi Circle: 

Places are now available for The Semi Circle, our new flexible and condensed Circle Academy programme. Sign up here.

Squaring The Circle: 

Our Squaring The Circle sessions are back this month with some big name speakers including Bruce Walker, and our very own Kirsty Thomson. If you’re hoping to brush up on skills to keep the funding rolling in, or need to know how to carry on creating social impact in an increasingly digital world, these sessions are for you. You can find out more and grab a ticket over on our Eventbrite. We are also pleased to be able to offer 10 free places on each Squaring The Circle webinar thanks to funding from UnLtd.

Good News

If you’ve been in contact with us in the last few weeks, you may have received a new out of office reply.That’s because we’ve made the move to a 4 day working week. Don’t worry, we’re still working as hard as ever, just making time for some well earned rest days in between. You can read all about the decision, and how it’s impacted the team already, in our recent blog post

In House Tip Of The Month 

Here’s a little tip from our to help from Alvina, Our Academy Manager for taking care of your wellbeing. Take a little time one day in your working week to focus on self-care, mindfulness and morale with your team. At The Circle, we practice Wellbeing Wednesday, a weekly chance to share sweet treats, pick-me-ups and self-care tips with the team. 

Have you heard? 

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve been nominated for the Dundee Business Awards 2021 in the category of ‘The Community Awards’. It is an honour to be recognised amongst the many businesses going above and beyond for their communities at this challenging time.   

More Than Profit Of The Month 

Our More Than Profit of The Month for October is The Little Green Larder. Jillian, The founder of TLGL was a participant on cohort 2 of The Circle Academy, and her zero waste shop is the destination for eco friendly food, gifts and toiletries in Dundee. The shop has just been awarded won the #scotlandloveslocal High Street Hero award and are the regional champion for Dundee.

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