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What it means to be a social entrepreneur

We caught up with Paul Seaman from Dorset Community Action to talk about social enterprise and what he thinks about being called a social entrepreneur. Tell us a bit about the work you do at Dorset Community Action I am the Enterprise programme manager here at DCA with the main duty of managing our ‘Inspire Dorset’ (Ideas for change) programme. Inspire Dorset is funded by the Big Lottery and European Social fund as part of the supporting enterprise strand of the Building Better Opportunities programme. We designed the programme to be flexible and accessible to anyone with an idea...

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What is a social enterprise?

Social enterprises are businesses with a social mission; they want to make a positive impact on the world. These businesses aim to make profits that are reinvested or donated to create positive social change – for people and the planet. Social enterprises trade to tackle social problems, improve communities and people’s life chances or the environment. There are over 70,000 social enterprises throughout the UK including The Big Issue, Divine Chocolate and the Eden Project, Cornwall. And according to 2014 figures gathered by SE100, these businesses collectively contribute £22 billion to the economy and employ nearly 1 million people....

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Molly Scarborough: My journey as a young creative producer in Dorset

We caught up with Molly Scarborough recently to talk through what steps she took to help develop her career as a young creative producer living in Dorset. In 2016, Molly was an unemployed graduate prior to securing a place as an intern with b-side (supported by Creative Employment Programme Dorset Consortium, managed by The Arts Development Company).  Her role specifically focused on working with young people on Portland, curating and producing events with them for b-side festival in September 2016. Since then Molly’s freelance portfolio of work has really expanded; from a Project Leader on IPACA’s South Dorset Ridgeway Project...

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Call-out for work from Dorset artists for Poole Harbour and Brittany Ferries

The Culture+ programme is working with Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries to promote Dorset visual arts to ferry passengers and staff. We are seeking to display up to 28 works from a variety of artists based in Dorset at: One of the entertainment areas of the Brittany Ferries’ ship Barfleur (until January 2018). The ferry passenger terminal in Poole, run by Condor Ferries (until the end of March 2018). Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries are looking for artworks with a maritime theme. This means subjects such as: Ships and boats. Coastal scenes (preferably, but not limited to, Dorset scenes)....

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Words – and why they matter for small businesses

Let me give you an illustration of the importance of words in inspiring trust. Driving down an unknown road, you pass an airfield, dotted with light aircraft and gliders. Up ahead is a large sign, which says, in huge letters: ‘Turn here for flying lessuns!’ Would you turn?  Would you trust your personal safety to a business that can’t get a simple word right? Of course you wouldn’t. Flying is a dangerous business that requires the skills of a professional. If they can’t spell, how can they keep you safe? A rambling country farm might be able to get...

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Craft Makers and Markets with Sinead Kohler of Crafty Fox London

We caught up with Sinead Kohler of Crafty Fox Market in London about how she started her business, what advice she would give her younger self and emerging contemporary craft makers today: Tell us a bit about you and how you came to set up Crafty Fox Market… I started Crafty Fox Market in 2010. At that time, I was making and selling jewellery alongside a job in event management, often travelling around London at the weekends to sell at markets. As a maker and market trader I wanted to create something which had the makers at its heart....

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