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by Anonymous 24 June 2016 - 9:41am

The UK is waking up to a world that looks fundamentally different, as we digest the implications of yesterday’s historic EU Referendum Leave vote. As commentators chew over the implication of the outcome, the truth is - no one quite knows what comes next and we all face a significant period of...

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by Charlotte Gibb 23 June 2016 - 5:01pm

Like many Ready for Work participants, Andy had experienced homelessness when he was referred to the programme. This is his story.

"It was 25th November 2015. It was a Wednesday and I was in a very bad way. I walked into Cornerstone Day Centre and was completely and utterly broken –...

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Report briefing: Legislation and its impacts on responsible business
by Alasdair Marks 23 June 2016 - 11:05am

Alasdair Marks, Corporate Adviser, Business in the Community considers what the recent mass of new legislation on responsible business matters - covered in our new briefing - tells us about the state of...

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Rosie Sweetman, Wales Director, Business in the Community
by Matt Appleby 20 June 2016 - 9:00am

Rosie Sweetman, BITC Cymru Director, writes about this year's Awards.

It’s my favourite time of year at Business in the Community. The time of year when we capture inspiring stories from around Wales and celebrate the positive contribution business makes to tackling our social, economic...

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by Charlotte Gibb 17 June 2016 - 4:55pm

Lloyd took part in Ready for Work in 2014, after being referred by his probation worker. With a criminal conviction he didn’t rate his chances of getting a job very highly. Thanks to the programme he now works full time for Freshfields, one of London’s largest law firms. This is his story....

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Centrica
by Dave Marsh 14 June 2016 - 11:13am

Dave Marsh, Head of Academy, British Gas gives his advice and insights for companies keen to tackle youth unemployment, drawn from his company's succesful programme to help NEET young people into jobs.

How NEETs feel about their chances

- 65% of NEETs lacked previous experience compared...

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by Ian Duffy 13 June 2016 - 3:40pm

In the wake of Project ENTHUSE's recent report on business support for STEM in schools, Ian Duffy, community development manager at supporting company BP discusses two key roles business can play to inspire the next generation of STEM students.

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Leslie Villegas, Masters student
by Alistair Kerr 13 June 2016 - 11:00am

Masters student Leslie Villegas writes about her experience taking part in an business-led classroom activity, Farm Enterprise.

Leslie is writing a dissertation on corporate citizenship through public-private partnerships in Scotland for a Masters degree in International Development at...

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Fujitsu logo
by Ann Kelly 8 June 2016 - 4:28pm

On 11 July 2016, Fujitsu, our Responsible Business of the Year, will be showing how digital innovation can tackle some of the massive global trends – or megatrends – that are challenging business and society now and in the future.

They’ll be on show at the Innovation Zone in The O2, one...

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Championing an Ageing Workforce Infographic
by Rachael Saunders 7 June 2016 - 3:47pm

Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, on the trends she sees in this year's Finalists for the Championing an Ageing Workforce Award.   See the Finalist case studies.

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The Asda Environmental Leadership Award infographic
by Gudrun Cartwright 7 June 2016 - 12:23pm

Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director, Business in the Community, shares her thoughts on the key themes apparent from this year's Asda Environmental Leadership Award.

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Issues:
The Employment for Excluded Groups Award infographic
by Anne Willmot 6 June 2016 - 3:57pm

Anne Willmot, Work Inclusion Campaign Director, looks at what the Employment for Excluded Groups Award and Inspiring Young Talent entries show us about how companies are tackling this issue.

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The Experian Building Stronger Communities Award in recognition of Sir John Peace infographic
by Andy Melia 6 June 2016 - 3:21pm

Andy Melia, Head of Community Investment, Business in the Community gives his thoughts on this year's entrants to the Experian Building Stronger Communities Award in recognition of Sir John Peace.

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The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty infographic
by Sue Adkins 6 June 2016 - 12:35pm

Sue Adkins, International Director, Business in the Community, reflects on what this year's entries to the Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty, show about how this agenda has evolved.

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The Education Award Infographic
by Susie Perrett 6 June 2016 - 11:34am

Susie Perrett, Director for Education, gives her analysis of the trends shown by the entries to this year's Education Award entries. 

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The Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award infographic
by Grace Mehanna 3 June 2016 - 5:11pm

Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director, Talent and Skills at Business in the Community considers what this year's entrants to the Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award show.

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The Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award infographic
by Louise Aston 3 June 2016 - 4:31pm

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director at Business in the Community, takes a look at the trends apparent from this year's entrants to the Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award.

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by Ethel Maldonado 31 May 2016 - 1:14pm

During Responsible Business Week, UBS – a CommunityMark company – hosted a learning and networking event that looked at the intricacies and opportunities associated with Social Investment. We have summarised UBS’s...

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Meet Steve: Ready for Work personal story
by Charlotte Gibb 31 May 2016 - 10:18am

Life was normal for Steve* – he had a good job and was able to provide for his family. But when his marriage broke down he became depressed and unable to hold down a job. Despite a good education and a wealth of experience, he struggled to get back into work. All this changed when he was...

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by Samantha Di Talamo 26 May 2016 - 11:00am

As the Invictus Games has once again thrown a spotlight on the bravery and determination of our Armed Forces, Sam Di Talamo, Work Inclusion Communications Manager at BITC, takes a look at the businesses giving opportunities to those who have left the military. 

When you think of an ideal...

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