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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Five top tips for increasing social ventures’ impact

Date: September 10 2014

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Our Accelerator programme supports ventures doing social good, and still delivers better commercial results than most conventional business incubators. Since the program, our 2012 intake had an average of 343% growth, over £75,000 worth of additional investment per venture, and the course delivered a 90% business survival rate. Stuart Thomason outlines five key ways we’re achieving these results. Firstly,... Find out more

Something from the weekend: When my customer service stopped on Saturday, I pledged to use my buying power to drive forward value

Date: January 28 2014

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

In comparison to the problems our society faces it appears somewhat childish to be annoyed at the failure of a large multinational car hire firm (Alamo @London City Airport) to provide me with the service they had contractually agreed with me this weekend. However, something about the way the situation was handled has nudged me... Find out more

Sharing values, learning, and too much cake

Date: May 31 2013

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Everyone remembers their first school trip. I had the personal fortune that mine was also an international one and I will always fondly remember the natural beauty of the Brecon Beacons, in Wales and the local people who were very hospitable to our PGL tour group. I remember it especially well as it gave me... Find out more

Introducing the Social Business Model Canvas

Date: April 19 2013

Posted by: Stuart Thomason

Early stage ventures can often find themselves floundering when it comes to articulating their business proposition. Social ventures frequently have even greater difficulty as they struggle to communicate both a solid business idea and a social value proposition. In 2009 I was lucky enough to be introduced to the business model canvas via a connection... Find out more