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!Continue reading
This month we introduced a 4-day working week for the staff team. Our full-time staff will now be working compressed hours to allow them to have an extra rest day every week.
Despite the limitations we have experienced as a result of the lockdown, The Circle has continued working hard to keep providing much needed support to our community.Continue reading
We are offering a webinar on governance with former Alliance Trust Company Secretary, Donald McPherson. The session will be running on Thursday 15th October from 10am to 11.30am.
Donald McPherson has worked in legal and governance roles in listed companies for 30 years, including his role at Alliance Trust PLC, where he was responsible for setting up and chairing the Alliance Trust Foundation. He is currently the Chair of The Circle, a corporate governance consultant and non-executive Director.Continue reading
We recently launched the third cohort of our training programme which is now being delivered through an online platform. On Thursday 17th September a new set of 10 candidates were welcomed onto The Circle Academy which is aimed at individuals who want to create positive social or environmental change in a sustainable and financially viable way.Continue reading
We are thrilled to be able to offer a limited number of funded spaces on cohort 3 of The Circle Academy for people who fit into any of these three categories:
- Individual business owners who have found themselves on Universal Credit or low income as a result of pandemic who need support to pivot and grow sustainably in 2021
- Individuals with additional support needs
- Young entrepreneurs in the Dundee postcode area (Aged 16-24)
The Semi Circle is a programme we have launched under The Circle Academy. 2020 has seen huge changes to the way we do things and brought our plans for a digital version of our in-person Academy programme right to the forefront. We’ve created a specialised digital learning platform to host our programme and populated it with new and improved content.Continue reading
From pay it forward schemes to eco friendly products, to cafes that employ individuals with additional needs, chances are you’ve know of a social enterprise or interacted with one in some way.
It was around 10 years ago that Toms, the shoe brand, hit high streets with their promise to give a pair of shoes for each one that was purchased. and it was the first time in my memory at least that a big brand had social impact built into their business model.Continue reading
The Circle Academy is an intensive learning programme that provides a mixture of expert led sessions, exclusive online content including The Academy Manual, one to one practical learning and expert consultancy time to help you deliver a well researched and credible business plan, cash flow and marketing plan worthy of investment.
Over 12 weeks, it covers 12 key elements of running a More Than Profit business including entrepreneurial mindset, business planning, legal structure, governance, finance, marketing, sales and selling, teams and culture, social impact, funding and pitching.Continue reading
A man walks into a bank, pulls out a gun and says to the clerk, “Give me all your money. I need to set myself up in new social enterprise. I need initial investment until my cash flow is established.”
The manager turns to the clerk and says, “You’d better do what he says, I think he means business.”
How right our robber is, any social enterprise, no matter the size or how long it has been established, needs to have a robust cash flow. Like any other business, lack of cash is one of the biggest reasons for small business failure.Continue reading
Social entrepreneurs are being invited to pitch for a share of a £20,000 funding pot towards start-up costs for their ventures. The Circle and funding body, UnLtd, are inviting people starting up organisations or projects which will benefit the Dundee community to make a pitch about their venture to a panel of judges. Following the pitches, successful entrants will be awarded up to £5,000 to cover some of their start-up costs.
Those who are interested in this opportunity should register their interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing an application here: https://www.unltd.org.uk/our-work/our-focus-areas/resilient-communitiesContinue reading