Community Bees – Example trading Income Stream for Community Centres

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Blog | No Comments

You can use our Community Bees business model canvas to create a trading income stream for your community centre. This blog is all about helping community venues make money through trading. We will share a community business model with you, and then show how it can be improved. Many community centres have a ‘point of […]

Fund my project

Posted by on Mar 9, 2019 in Training course | No Comments

  ‘Fund My Project’ is a series of three x 2 hour action learning workshops where you get under the skin of funders to craft winning grant applications.  Its all about getting better at grant writing and fundraising. Action learning means that you learn by doing not just getting advice. The tips on how grant […]

How to get grant funding

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

This blog post will show you how to get funding. After five years of advising community groups I distilled my advice into a set of rules and top tips. Top funding principle: The best way to explain how funding works is to say that you are selling a set of outcomes to a funder. There […]

A year of healing

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Blog | No Comments

I didn’t know last October that I was going to have a year full of healing. A year ago I started working with a drug and alcohol recovery service in Birmingham called Changes UK. Being part of this recovery community has been one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. Everyday I was […]

Realities of social enterprise

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

My Social Enterprise Journey Three years ago I made the decision to jump from being a business advisor for the community sector in Leicester to running my own social enterprises.  The reality is that last year I earned £4K from running Jerry Bottle. “I really wanted to be a social entrepreneur and I still do!!” […]

Keeping the engine revving

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Hello For the last year the three Directors have been keeping the Socent Engine revving along: June has been busy supporting groups through The Race Equality Centre in Leicester, and has helped Rocket Meals with their governance and first funding application. Dan has worked on promotional videos for CASE and jerry, whilst building his new […]

What is disruption?

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorised | No Comments

Our second client for The Engine is a small group of excluded high school students from Beaumont Leys – in partnership with Cooke E Learning.  If there is anyone who knows about disruption it is this group of kids.  The main reason they are in alternative education is because they know exactly how to shake things up […]

In the beginning …

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorised | One Comment

In the beginning humankind dispersed from Africa. Nomadic groups of humans set off to search for better lands. This search is imprinted on our memory. Psychologists, with not much better to do, have found that when people from different countries and backgrounds rate pictures in order of their attractiveness, the winning picture is always an […]