Blog & Opinion

Simon Branigan, Partner at Linklaters law firm
by Samantha Di Talamo 29 June 2017 - 12:14pm

The London Borough of Haringey has some of the highest unemployment figures in London. According to the Office for National statistics, Tottenham has more people claiming job seekers allowance than any other part of London. However, all that is set to change as the borough embarks upon an...

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Val Proctor, Former HR Director at the Go-Ahead Group
by Samantha Di Talamo 23 June 2017 - 9:00am

Ahead of Armed Forces Day, Former Group HR Director of The Go-Ahead Group, Val Proctor, shares her experiences of building a veteran employment programme. 

As an HR Director, much of my career has been focused on building a diverse and productive workforce that reflects the customer base...

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7 ways you can improve social mobility in your business
by Katy Neep 22 June 2017 - 2:50pm

This week the government published its first ever Social Mobility Employer Index to announce the top 50 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility within the workplace.

With many...

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by Anonymous 21 June 2017 - 10:34am

Dear Prime Minister,

We know there are many challenges for the next Parliament but we believe so much could be achieved for our nation and local communities if government works closely with business to create the policy environment that enables them to be the best they can possibly be at...

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by Matt Appleby 13 June 2017 - 10:28am

With significant changes in demographics impacting all kinds of companies and workplaces, Matt Appleby (Director, Business in the Community Cymru) reflects on the changing nature of work.

When we think about flexible working, we think of new parents returning to work or we think about...

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Power of positive shopping
by webeditor 12 June 2017 - 10:40am

Jane Langley, Founder and Curator of on her campaign to connect makers, retailers and shoppers


Despite the fact that the UK is a global leader in the creative industries...

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by Anonymous 9 June 2017 - 12:16pm

Jill Salter (Head of Community Impact, Business in the Community Cymru) reflects on a recent Community Conversation event held in Newport in May and the importance of having good conversations.

Companies that take the time to understand the challenges, issues and opportunities that exist...

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by alexis.obrien 7 June 2017 - 9:51am

John Williams, Director of Digital Strategy at ILM, on how businesses should face up to automation responsibly

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an...

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by alexis.obrien 6 June 2017 - 3:26pm


Share Your Pledge Day, will be taking place on 7 June (Wednesday) as part of National Volunteers' Week, in a bid to promote positive social action among 10-20 year-olds.

People and...

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Stephen Farrant, Director of Environment and Marketplace Solutions
by Stephen Farrant 5 June 2017 - 12:27pm

I know I was not alone in feeling dismay and anger as I watched US president Trump announce that the USA would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement of 2015 (the historic moment when 195 countries came together to commit to limiting average global temperature rises to well within 2 degrees of...

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by Nicola Inge 1 June 2017 - 4:22pm automatically excludes people with criminal convictions?

This is the question we asked law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP to explore, in light of the disproportionate representation of BAME groups throughout the criminal justice system.

Their answer, in short, was yes –...

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by Charlotte West 1 June 2017 - 11:13am

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by Anonymous 19 May 2017 - 9:45am

The finance industry needs to work better together to serve a community beyond shareholders alone. The responsibility lies not with one link in the investment chain, but with the sector as a whole, as each area has their own part to play in driving change. Over 20 delegates from a...

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by alexis.obrien 15 May 2017 - 12:35pm

Business in the Community’s Education team, together with their partners in the Black Country Consortium, have won the Careers & Enterprise Company’s West Midlands Region Award for their Passport to Employment project which is being delivered to...

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by Anonymous 5 May 2017 - 10:11am

Jenny Lincoln, Age Research and Policy Manager, Business in the Community, on the automation and the importance of (older) human workers

The UK’s economy is digitising and its population is ageing, both impacting the labour market and the nature of work. These trends are interconnected,...

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by Anonymous 4 May 2017 - 1:53pm

Staff at Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate are after receiving royal recognition. The family business has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development – the pinnacle of achievement in the business world – in recognition of its...

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by Anonymous 3 May 2017 - 2:14pm

Business leaders took part in an all-day interactive workshop at Eastbury Community College in Barking on Wednesday 26 April, to help give young students the opportunity to realise their potential.

Bridging the Gap to Success had been ...

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by Anonymous 3 May 2017 - 11:30am

As part of Responsible Business Week and Business in the Community’s Future Proof campaign, backed by the City & Guilds Group, we’ve been travelling across the UK bringing together groups of young people to assess the accessibility...

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by Anonymous 3 May 2017 - 11:12am

Kate Hilton, Head of Membership South at BITC, muses on the exciting opportunity of inclusive digital transformation

According to Wikipedia (the fount of all knowledge) I’m just young enough to be classed as a ‘Millennial’. Growing up, I have watched technology change the natural rhythm...

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by Anonymous 28 April 2017 - 5:01pm

April 24th 2017, Business in the Community’s #RBWeek kicked off with the Sustainable Business Model Conference: The Role of Responsible Business and Sustainable Business Model in a Digital Era, aiming to inspire and support businesses to embed Sustainable Business Models into their business...

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