Blog & Opinion

Sahrawi refugees in Algeria (ECHO CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
by Rosie Oglesby 1 March 2016 - 1:36pm

In the last few weeks you may have heard about Tropical Cyclone Winston that struck Fiji, and the Taiwan Earthquake. But what about floods in Tanzania and Paraguay, an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola, and an earthquake in Tajikistan?

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Carol Boston
by James Martin 29 February 2016 - 3:43pm

In the latest of our series of check-ins with Business Connectors across the country we speak to Carol Boston, the third Business Connector for Cambridge. Carol was seconded to Business in the Community from Lloyds Banking Group in summer 2015.

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Worker in the kitchen of Whitbread's Acorn Inn, Burgess Hill
by Jane Wood 29 February 2016 - 3:38pm

As Scottish Apprenticeship week kicks off, Jane Wood, Managing Director, Business in the Community Scotland takes a look at some of the key differences between apprenticeship policies and practice north and south of the border.

Because skills policy in the UK is devolved to a national...

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David Farmer Business Connector
by James Martin 25 February 2016 - 6:03pm

After 40 years of service at Halifax, branch manager David Farmer became Southampton's second Business Connector in January 2015. To mark the end of his year-long secondment from Lloyds Banking Group, David speaks about his work - which included helping to deliver a digital presence for multiple...

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The Olive Tree Cafe
by Lisa Cunningham 23 February 2016 - 3:36pm

Lisa Cunningham, Director of Community Investment and Business Connectors, explores some of the ways she's learned from the Business Connector programme that small and medium-sized enterprises can get to grips with...

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Green & Lean from Sodexo: infographic detail
by Ann Kelly 23 February 2016 - 11:56am

Sodexo UK and Ireland's Exec Chef Tom Allen, and Head of Dietetics, Wan Mak, explain how the facilies management company's Green & Lean project is making meals more sustainable - but just as tasty.

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Dr Cynthia Fry, Programme Coordinatory, Business Engagement in Early Years programme, Business in the Community Scotland
by Dr Cynthia Fry 17 February 2016 - 9:00am

Dr Cynthia Fry, Business Engagement in Early Years programme coordinator, Business in the Community Scotland, gives her advice for businesses and educational institutions on how to create sustainable relationships.

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Do you think businesses behave responsibly enough? Be part of the critical debate by completing the Future Leaders Poll. Visit
by Kerry Perkins 16 February 2016 - 1:13pm

What do future leaders think about responsible business?  The Future Leaders Poll is a chance for us all to find out.

As a business you champion responsible business and engage your various stakeholders to maintain a continuous momentum around ethical behaviour.  But what about your...

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by Stephen Howard 11 February 2016 - 8:48am

Stephen Howard, CEO of Business in the Community, discusses the social value of business and his hopes for business-wide measurement and refinement of these impacts.

Understanding a company’s economic value can be a relatively easy process – a quick glance over the accounts will let you...

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by David Hoare 10 February 2016 - 10:52am

To mark the launch of the brand new SE Assist Wales investment fund specifically designed for social enterprises, Graham Precey (Head of CSR & Ethics, Legal & General) sat down with Business in the Community Cymru to talk this new initiative  

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by Charlotte West 9 February 2016 - 9:41am

During 2015, Business in the Community held a series of Marketing Director dinners, kindly hosted by Unilever with the Marketing Society.  During these, we heard from more than 20 marketing directors of top consumer brands about the relations they see between marketing, purpose, responsibility...

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Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director, Talent and Skills, Business in the Community
by Grace Mehanna 4 February 2016 - 5:00am

Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director of BITC’s Talent and Skills team introduces Future Proof and explains why businesses need to rethink how they recruit young people now.

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Chris Jones, Chief Executive, City & Guilds Group
by Chris Jones 4 February 2016 - 5:00am

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group outlines the major mistakes made by companies when recruiting young talent.

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Stephen Hogan, Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability, PwC
by Stephen Hogan 3 February 2016 - 10:39am

Stephen Hogan, Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability at PwC writes about the importance social impact measurement has in proving the worth of your company's CSR activities.

Recent articles about the value of corporate social responsibility (CSR) have put community engagement in the...

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by Rosie Oglesby 27 January 2016 - 12:17pm

Rosie Oglesby, International Disaster Relief Programme Manager at Business in the Community (BITC), discusses the increasingly important role of business in addressing the challenges to humanitarian response.

The start of 2016 marks the fifth year of the Syrian Conflict and the largest...

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St Martin's in the Fields  by Neil Willsey, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0 BY SA
by Colin Glover 26 January 2016 - 11:59am

Colin Glover, Chief Executive of homelessness charity the Connection reflects on how the homelessness sector has changed over a quarter of a decade.

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by Alistair Kerr 25 January 2016 - 2:33pm

Jane Wood, MD of Business in the Community Scotland, writes about the power of being part of a UK-wide responsible business network following the recent Scottish merger.

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Charlotte West, Marketplace Director, Business in the Community
by Charlotte West 22 January 2016 - 4:27pm

As captains of industry mix with politicians and celebs to put the world to rights at the annual World Economic Forum conference taking place in Davos, Charlotte West, Marketplace Director, suggests trust and purpose should be their critical concerns.


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Flooding in Cumbria, December 2015
by Ann Kelly 20 January 2016 - 3:54pm

In the wake of the serious floods which affected communities in the north of England and Scottish borders this winter, we spoke to water companies and BITC Water Taskforce members Yorkshire Water and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water about responding to the crisis, the challenges of water management against...

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Joey Tabone, Head, The Prince's Business Emergency Resilience Programme
by Joseph Tabone 20 January 2016 - 12:20pm

Joey Tabone, Head of The Prince's Business Emergency Resilience Group writes about the importance of building in resilience when helping communities recover from flooding.

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