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Promoting Innovation – Suara, Spain’s largest services co-op

Author: Jonathan Bland
Date: 28.05.19

In April I visited Suara, Spain’s largest services co-operative, employing over 4,000 people and with a turnover of more than 80m euros. Based in Barcelona, Suara provides a range of care and education services across Catalonia. It was formed from a merger of three care co-operatives around 10 years ago, which realised that with competition […]

Barcelona – Promoting the Social and Solidarity Economy

Author: Jonathan Bland
Date: 07.05.19

In April 2019 I visited Barcelona to learn about recent developments in the promotion of co-operatives and the wider social economy in the City. Having worked in the co-operative movement in Valencia in the 1990s, I have always been impressed with the way that co-operatives and the wider social economy play a significant role in […]

Strategies and Models for Sustainable Social Enterprise Growth

Author: E3M
Date: 06.06.17
Event date: 20.07.2017 | 10.00-16.30
Event location: Bates Wells, 10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE

Our one-day seminar on 20th July 2017 was attended by leaders and senior staff from commercial social enterprises, who wanted to explore how to achieve growth to support impact and long-term success. Via case studies and expert commentary, the event drew on the experience of successful social enterprises. Sessions focussed on strategies to win the right kind […]

E3M Alchemy – Write up of the Day

Author: E3M
Date: 09.12.16

Written by E3M partner, Zurich Municipal. E3M’s first Alchemy event, held in September, was a great success. Bringing together senior public service commissioners, leaders of commercial social enterprises and social investors, the event challenged them to devise innovative solutions to the wide-ranging challenges facing a fictional town. Zurich Municipal is a Supporting Partner of E3M and its […]

E3M Alchemy: Partnerships for Success in Transforming Local Services

Author: Kirsten van den Hout
Date: 09.06.16
Event date: 21.09.2016 | 09.00 - 17.00
Event location: Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre

E3M Alchemy 2016 – London, 21 September This was a very successful day, spent exploring the ‘art of the possible’ in the transformation of local public services. Senior public service commissioners, leaders of commercial social enterprises and social investors came together to share perspectives and to think in new ways about local solutions. Delegates gleaned new and practical ideas about how […]

Governance for Good

Author: E3M
Date: 16.02.15

A showcase of top UK social enterprises achieving maximum social impact and a competitive edge through excellent governance Social enterprises emerge from different routes – traditional charities, public sector spinouts and brand new start-ups. Each route comes with its cultural and organisational challenges, but as these businesses mature and develop they all have to address […]