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SEPT SEMINAR SPEAKER’S BLOG: Oldham’s Social Prescribing Innovation Partnership

Author: E3M
Date: 05.08.19

In March 2019 Oldham Council marked the world’s first Social Prescribing Day by commissioning a pioneering, three-year Innovation Partnership on behalf of Oldham Cares (our integrated care organisation) to a local consortium of voluntary and community organisations to build upon the Social Prescribing network. This Innovation Partnership – a contracting approach available to commissioners since 2015, enabling the development and subsequent purchase of a new, innovative product, service or works without the […]

SEPT SEMINAR SPEAKER’S BLOG: Leicestershire Children’s Innovation Partnership

Author: E3M
Date: 23.07.19

The new partnership between Leicestershire County Council and Barnardo’s was developed to address placement sufficiency through collaborative working, seeing this issue as part of a wider system operating across children’s social care. Driven by increasing numbers of looked after children and the need to make financial efficiencies, in 2018 the Council tendered not for a […]

Markets: 9 out of 10 people want outsourced public services delivered by social enterprises

Author: E3M
Date: 08.07.19

New research conducted by YouGov shows people trust social enterprises more than private enterprises to deliver outsourced public services and believe they do so with more expertise, efficiency and value for money. The findings demonstrate the public wants a better model to deliver services, and would prefer local authorities to contract with purpose-driven organisations such […]

Old ideas for Public Service Innovation

Author: E3M
Date: 18.06.19

A. Where we are Groupe SOS is celebrating 35 years since it commenced its mission of public service innovation being funded by the cost savings of success. Today it is a $900 million super-mature Social Enterprise group. Its virtuous circle of progressiveness began with the analytical insight that free flu treatment for the homeless reduced […]

Time Out to Reflect on Social Enterprise

Author: E3M
Date: 01.02.19

Having started this week with the annual Away Day for members of our Social Enterprise Leaders Club, it’s great to end it by sharing the blog one of those who attended was inspired to write as a result. Huge thanks are due to June O’Sullivan for coming to the event and contributing so much there, as […]

The Co-operative Councils Innovation Network

Author: Jonathan Bland
Date: 18.01.19

Last autumn Social Business International / E3M joined the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network as an affiliate member. I had attended the network’s annual conference in Croydon and came away inspired by the opportunities to work with a group of progressive councils, looking for new solutions to the challenges facing them and their communities. The councils […]

Create happy and productive social enterprises: interviews and resources

Author: E3M
Date: 10.10.18
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Leaders and senior managers in social enterprises discussed practical ways to enable and create happy workplaces at our September seminar, delivered in partnership with Happy Ltd. Social entrepreneurs including June O’Sullivan MBE (LEYF), Brendan O’Keefe (Epic CIC), Liz Mouland (First Community Health Care CIC) and Scott Darraugh (Social adVentures) shared their  experiences of creating happy, […]

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”

Author: E3M
Date: 31.08.18
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In this blog from another of our speakers at next month’s seminar, Scott Darraugh offers a glimpse of the experience he’ll be drawing on for his talk on the theme of the Peter Drucker quote that forms its title… Now the CEO of Social adVentures, Scott had a long career in the NHS but was ready to leave […]

Calm in a crisis

Author: E3M
Date: 10.08.18
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We’re pleased to share some insight from another of the speakers at our seminar in conjunction with Happy on 20th September. This time, read on for more from June O’Sullivan… It’s a very lucky business that doesn’t hit a crisis. One in three businesses go bust but the two surviving will have almost certainly have […]

How to get the best out of staff

Author: E3M
Date: 19.07.18
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Brendan is one of the speakers at our seminar in conjunction with Happy on 20th September. Here he provides a little insight into his topic… More than ever before, public sector managers need to rethink how they get the best out of their staff. When we created Epic CIC, we were clear that the command and […]

The Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA)

Author: Jonathan Bland
Date: 13.02.18

I have recently joined the Board of the Public Service Transformation Academy (PSTA), a social enterprise set up to run the Government’s Commissioning Academy and, more generally, to support those responsible for public services’ transformation to meet the challenges we currently face. The PSTA is led by the consultancy Red Quadrant and the Whitehall and […]

Alchemy generates co-production

Author: E3M
Date: 24.01.18

I was lucky enough to be a part of the Alchemy workshop at Coventry City Council, where I shared with some really committed Local Authority commissioning staff the opportunity to focus on a specific problem for a full day… without too many interruptions! With the support of both legal and financial experts, we broadened the […]