10 Questions to ask yourself before starting a business

  Does your idea have what it takes to become a successful business? Read this excellent 10-point checklist


I bumped into an old colleague recently. He had been “retired” for a year or so from work where he had been something of a “big cheese”. I asked how he was doing and he [...]

The loneliness of being self-employed

40% of self-employed people have felt lonely The Guardian Small Business Network recently posted a feature “Working from home has plenty of perks, but nearly 40% of self-employed people say they have felt lonely since [...]

Linda Wilson – Water Babies

Linda A. Wilson BA (Hons) D.Clin.Psych. D.Soc LTP. Director - Crown Leisure Services Ltd Director -Water-babies Narrow Boat Hire Director – Crown Housing and Property Ltd Prior to taking early retirement from the NHS, I [...]

Charities, Social Enterprises and Community Groups

Northern reaches

Great progress being made with one of our fledgling social enterprises Northern Reaches Restoration CIC is providing opportunities for disaffected youngsters, kids on court orders, probation clients, ex-forces men/women to be part of history in [...]

Rainbow Community Gardens

Founder of Rainbow Community Gardens This week I visited The Rainbow Community Garden in Hull. The garden was a derelict piece of land on a North Hull Housing Estate until Jeannie Webster turned it into [...]

A need to change enterpreneurial thinking in the third sector?

We thought you might be interested to know that, as part of IPPR North’s programme of work on the Future of Civil Society in the North, last week we launched key findings from a survey [...]

Being enterprising is not just about cash!

Rainbow Gardens, a Hull based community charity know a thing or two about “gifts in kind”. Jeannie Webster, the local co-ordinator and engine house behind this wonderful organisation, is a master at getting the things [...]