Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Social Enterprise- the WHAT, WHY, WHO and HOW

Social enterprise WHAT?

Is social enterprise a charity? Social enterprises are businesses that aim to tackle social or environmental problems, improve communities or people’s livelihood. They trade like commercial businesses however their surplus is reinvested into the business for community benefit. Social enterprises are set-up to create positive change in the community they operate in. Charities are non-profit businesses who aim to ‘aid’ communities and not ‘trade’.
Social enterprise is not a new paradigm, in fact, it has existed for many years. The pioneers of social enterprise can be traced to Rochdale in the 1840s where a worker’s co-operative was established to provide high quality and affordable food in response to factory conditions that were considered to be exploitative (Social Enterprise UK, 2014). The evolution began in the 90s when different interest groups like enterprising charities, co-operatives, community enterprises and social businesses united in the hope of doing business for social change.
Social enterprise WHY?
Why should anyone set-up a business for the purpose of not making profit? Let’s just say someone or group of individuals have to take the lead to tackle problems many communities face as the austerity measures tightens. Although social enterprises are not immune to the economic downturn, research has shown that they are largely concentrated in the most deprived communities. Social Enterprise UK report (2013) revealed that, 38% of all social enterprises work in the most deprived 20% of the communities in the UK, 58% reported growth in 2011 and 57% predicted growth in 2013. The more deprived the community, the more likely a social enterprise will be established there. Evidently social enterprises are on the rise, there is an estimated 70,000 operating across different sectors and regions in the UK (Social Enterprise UK, 2013). The rise offers an opportunity to strengthen communities by improving standard of living, creating employment opportunities, supporting vulnerable people (including children and young people), improve health and wellbeing, protecting the environment, promoting education and literacy and addressing social exclusion.

Social enterprises have also helped to break down barriers in many areas of employment. For instance, 38% of social enterprise leaders are women and only 9% of social enterprises have male only leadership teams. 15% of social enterprises are from Black, Asia, Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) and 28% of the leadership teams have BAME directors. Equally important, social enterprises employ people who are at a disadvantaged- ex-offenders, disabled people or long-term unemployed (Social Enterprise UK report, 2013).
Social enterprise WHO?

Who can set-up a social enterprise? Anyone with a clear social and/or environmental mission can set up a social enterprise. However, the mission must be clearly defined on how the business will operate to meet its aims- through trading, community inclusion and reinvesting profits back into the business.

There are a number of social enterprises who have made significant changes through their services over the years- The Eden Project, The Big Issue, Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen, Divine Chocolate, a fair trade chocolate company co-owned by the cocoa farmers’ cooperative KuapaKokoo in Ghana and Timewise, which connects professionals with flexible employment opportunities. Other emerging social enterprises are Eighteen Forever, a fashion design company set-up to create employment opportunities and promote diversity in fashion and Jekkah Clothing a social enterprise fashion brand from The Gambia.
Social enterprise HOW?
How can I set-up a social enterprise? First, you need to do some research about your mission and funding available specifically to social enterprises. You can contact Social Enterprise UK for advice or read through their FAQs for useful information. There are a number of School for Social Enterprises across the UK that would be of use to you, I advise you to contact them and seek guidance.

Social enterprises tackle community problems through social and/or environmental objectives. They are on the rise but not immune to the economic headwinds. Unlike commercial enterprises, they are managed and led by people as diverse as the communities they serve.
Social Enterprise UK (2013) The People's Business [online]

Author: Sally Kah

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Solange Knowles Weds Alan Ferguson

Yes! It's the wedding of the year thanks to Solange and Alan. There was so much speculation about this wedding after they were both spotted in whites at several red carpet events earlier this year. Today, the 'cool couple' tied the knot in New Orleans ditching all things traditional for something more personal. Solange wore a dress by Humberto Leon for Kenzo. Rog Walker was the commissioned photographer for unique protraits featuring sister Beyoncé, Janelle Monae and mother Tina Knowles.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Ferguson! Wishing you all the best in your married life. Blessings xo

Lowdown in pictures....

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Monday, 3 November 2014

House of Holland

If you didn't get a chance to see House of Holland SS15 Collection at Mercedez Benz Fashion Week, then you missed out big time. But not to worry, got the best 3 pictures from the event. The floral LS shirt is a delight but teamed with the metallic skater skirt is methodic. The orange lace is a fusion of urban chic and dynamite- a complete eccentric to the closet. And there was the over-powering collage of floral grace....pure admiration. Oh...and how startling are those sunglasses. Our verdict? Exquisite!

What they say about House of Holland

Known for his energetic sense of youthfulness and wit, London fashion star Henry Holland launched his label in 2006 with a range of quirky slogan T-shirts. Since then, the designer’s acid bright, contrasting colours, optical and graphic prints and irreverent take on style have garnered a following among international style tribes.

Photo credit: House of Holland/Eighteen Forever

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week

As you know global entrepreneurship week is couple of days away. What better way to spend the week than networking and surfing new ideas to develop your business. Here is one date for your diary. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Photo credit: InspireUrBiz 

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

AFWL Concession Store Opens in London

On the 1st November 2014 AFWL opens it's African inspired designer clothing concession in the Red Dress store in the iconic Plaza on Oxford Street. With 15 designers and over 200 designs of limited quantity this is one store opening not to be missed!

The AFWL concession will be a London-based fashion and lifestyle concession that stocks clothing, fashion accessories using vibrant African prints and tribal prints to bringing wonderful colour into people's wardrobes.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Metquarter Liverpool presents Objects of Desire

It is that time of year again when we wear glittery dresses, eat lots of chocolate and dine with people we can't stand. Oh well, I guess I was talking about Christmas. Don't we just love it! It starts early for us as we attend Christmas related events from next week. First up is the Objects of Desire by Carousel and Metquarter Liverpool. We are delighted to receive this invitation and we look forward to Liverpool's finest.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Partnership: Artsy & 1:54 Contemporary Art African Art Fair

Artsy and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair to partner, encouraging the growth of contemporary African art in a global market place.
Partnership launches with panel discussion on the contemporary African art market on 9 September in New York City
Online fair preview opens 8 October 2014 on
● Panel discussion at Artsy’s headquarters on September 9, 2014 at 6pm. RSVP to rsvp@artsy.met
● Press Preview: October 15, 2014, 8:30 noon at Somerset House, London. RSVP to
Artsy and 1:54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, are pleased to announce their partnership in bringing the fair—Europe’s leading international fair dedicated to contemporary African art, now in its second year in London—online to a global audience. Artsy, the premier online resource for browsing the world’s most influential art fairs offers collectors and art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore the fair, collect works from existing galleries, and access exclusive editorial content including 'Insider Picks' on or the Artsy app for iPhone.

This year, 1:54 has doubled in size, taking over both the East and West Wings of Somerset House in
London. It will once again provide an unparalleled showcase of the world’s finest Contemporary African Art from 16 to 19 October 2014. The fair is accompanied by a critical conversations series comprising of lectures, artist talks, film screenings and panel discussions presented by international curators, artists and leading experts in the field.
Ahead of the opening, 1:54 and Artsy will launch their partnership with a panel discussion on 9 September 2014 at Artsy’s headquarters in New York City. Panelists will include Touria El Glaoui, director of 1:54, Christa Clarke, curator of Arts of Africa at The Newark Museum, and Taymour Grahne, gallerist and exhibitor, among others. Melanie Edmunds, Content Partner Manager at Artsy, will moderate the conversation.

The collaboration, which follows on the heels of 1:54’s highly successful inaugural event last autumn, marks a global expansion of the fair and signals a growing market for contemporary African art.

Maimouna Guerresi
Surprise, 2010
M.I.A Gallery
 About Artsy
Artsy is the leading resource for art collecting and education. Artsy provides free access via its website ( and iPhone app to international exhibitions, museum collections, gallery listings, art fairs, curated sales, and benefit auctions. It currently features over 175,000 images of art and architecture by 5,000 artists from 2,000 leading galleries and 300 museums and institutional partners, including the world’s largest online database of contemporary art. Artsy's encyclopedic collection spans historical works, such as the Rosetta Stone and the Colosseum, to modern and contemporary works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Lucien Smith, Sarah Lucas, and Cindy Sherman. Powered by The Art Genome Project, a classification system that maps the connections between artists and artworks, Artsy fosters new generations of art lovers, museumgoers, patrons and collectors.
Peju Alatise
ipele iii, 2012
Art Twenty One
About 1:54 Contemporary (African Art Fair 2014)
1:54 showcases the highest quality African art, bringing together galleries, curators, artists, art centres and museums both from Africa and working with Africa related projects to promote art by established and emerging talent to an international audience. The second edition of 1:54 will be held at Somerset House, London, from 15 (preview day) to 19 October 2014. Taking place during Frieze London Week, the fair builds on the burgeoning popularity of contemporary African art and presents a rare opportunity to explore the rapidly emerging African art market and acquire works in an environment supported by some of the most influential people and organisations in the art world. From painting to sculpture and photography the fair presents visual African art in its many forms giving collectors, art enthusiasts and culture seekers the chance to be the first to experience and engage with African art on this level. Through an extensive programme of conversations, talks, panels and keynote speeches with some of the art world’s key thinkers 1:54 also promotes discussions and understanding of contemporary African art focussing on topics including markets & economies, collections, artistic practice, criticism and Africa as an inspirational ground.
Omar Victor Diop
Albert Badin, 2014
Magnin A
1:54 Exhibitors:
A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia
Afronova, Johannesburg
Art Twenty One, Lagos
ARTLab Africa, Nairobi
ARTCO Gallery, Aachen
CCA/Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Carpe Diem, Ségou
Doual’art, Douala
First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan
Galerie Imane Farès, Paris
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin
In Situ Fabienne
Leclerc, Paris
Jack Bell Gallery, London
Knight Webb Gallery, London
M.I.A Gallery, Seattle
October Gallery, London
Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
Selma Feriani Gallery, London
(S)itor Senghor, Paris
SMAC Art Gallery, Cape Town
Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York
VOICE Gallery, Marrakech

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