Unity Trust Bank sees profits rise 68% in 2018 “Pursuing community and commercial value is a win-win” said CEO Margaret Willis.

Unity Trust, the commercial bank for firms and organisations that want to help create a better society, increased its profits 68% in 2018. Unity approved over £200 million of lending to firms and projects that will deliver community, economic or environmental benefits.  This is a record-breaking performance for Unity which has seen its lending almost double since it became independent in 2015.Read more

Hey Girls Invite Michael Sheen to be Part of The Bloody Conversation

Hey Girls, a social enterprise whose mission, is to tackle period poverty in the UK, announced a nationwide campaign called ‘#Pads4Dads’. Aimed at men, the campaign encourages Dads to feel more confident speaking to their daughters about periods.Read more

A Celebration of Cumbria’s Best Social Enterprises

The 2019 Cumbria Social Enterprise Partnership Awards took place on Tuesday, 5th March at Coronation Hall in Ulverston. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Social Enterprise … The Future of Business’.Read more

Apprentice star on board to further brighten Grimsby Garden Centre

Big are things expected for 2019 as Grimsby Garden Centre enlist the help of BBC Apprentice star and entrepreneur Elizabeth McKenna to work alongside the team. Elizabeth, who came fourth in the programme in 2017, offers up her wealth of business knowledge to help the garden centre continue to grow.Read more

Bloody Big Brunch

Ahead of a nationwide campaign in March, research published today has revealed that the issue of period poverty is more substantial than previously evidenced. Until now, the statistic of 1 in 10 women and girls in the U.K. being unable to afford menstrual products has been cited, but a new survey held by Ginger Comms, the Bloody Big Brunch and Hey Girls has shown that the figure is closer to 3 in 10 women (27%).Read more

Rose Marley to lead on Opportunity Pass for young people

Rose Marley, CEO of social enterprise Sharp Futures will be spearheading a drive to increase opportunities for young people across Greater Manchester.Read more

Impact Loans England programme receives an additional £3.9 million

Impact Loans England is available to organisations across England looking for unsecured repayable finance between £10k-£150k. The funding is available to organisations keen to do more of the good work they do – whether it’s buying equipment, hiring new talent, or progressing with business development plans.Read more

ITEC bringing Brighter Smiles for children in West Cornwall

Over 500 more Cornish pupils in the west of the county will be improving their oral health in the new year thanks to the generous support of ITEC Group UK for Brighter Smiles, Cornwall’s oral health campaign.Read more

New BAME support programme looks to build business strength and help excluded communities explore social investment

Social Investment Business launch Diverse Ambitions - a support programme and fund referral scheme for BAME charities and social enterprises in the Greater London area.Read more

At the Double – Heywood social enterprise rated outstanding for a second time

Staff at Heywood based social enterprise PossAbilities, are celebrating a remarkable ‘double’, having received their second consecutive OUTSTANDING rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).Read more