Brightest Entrepreneurial Ideas Shine in Global Innovation Competition

Three trailblazing entrepreneurs from the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Indonesia received top prizes for developing innovations for Energy Solutions, Retail Supply Chain, and Social Enterprises in this year’s Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards, a global competition which highlights and rewards entrepreneurs that demonstrate excellence in innovation. Metronome Energy’s low-cost technology which balances demands on …

Shell LiveWIRE Launch Global Innovation Competition

Shell LiveWIRE has launched its search to find the top ten most innovative businesses supported by the international LiveWIRE programmes within the past five years. The Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators awards programme comprises an invitation only online application process which will enable nominated innovative LiveWIRE businesses, which have been trading for between 12 months and five …

PNE Development Celebrates Volunteers’ Week

An incredible 13.8m of people are contributing their time every month to volunteer for a cause they think is important, with an additional 7.8m giving a helping hand at least once a year¹. The support of volunteers, who come from all walks of life, is an invaluable resource for some of our communities most important …

CSR Explained: Who needs enterprise support?

In your business’s CRS or social investment actions, the people on whom you focus support will probably be the first choice you make once you’ve identified the impact you want to create. You may already have a specific group in mind when deciding your objectives, but more often than not there is more than one …

Skills and Opportunities Supporting Entrepreneurship

  The Skills and Opportunities Fund is an initiative making a huge impact throughout communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland including through providing opportunities for entrepreneurship to flourish. To date, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s Fund has distributed £4,965,904.64 to projects supporting disadvantaged groups, including charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded …

CSR Explained: Supporting Entrepreneurship

In the coming weeks, we’ll be exploring how individuals, businesses and communities overcome barriers to entrepreneurship. Whether you’re a sole-trader, SME or a multi-national corporation – everyone has a role to play in promoting a vibrant landscape of opportunities for the next generation of businesses. In this edition of CSR Explained in 3 Minutes we …

Shell LiveWIRE launches Let’s Go Trade and Top Ten Innovators for 2017

Shell LiveWIRE is running its global Let’s Go Trade and Top Ten Innovators Awards programme as part of the 35th Anniversary celebrations this year, supporting the export ambitions of alumni, and rewarding excellence in their business innovation. Let’s Go Trade, which was first run in 2015, will support a new wave of Shell LiveWIRE alumni …

CSR Explained: Reporting on your Sustainability can Win you Sales

This week we read two stats that would catch the attention of any salesperson. A new report¹ released this week revealed sustainable procurement is dominating the supply-chain choices of big buyers in a way never seen before. Almost half of corporate supply-chain professionals reported their organisation now spent 75% or more of their budget on …

RBS invests £1.25 Million in Grassroots Community Projects across the Country

Last year RBS gave away £2.5m in grants to community projects across the UK and Ireland through their newly launched Skills & Opportunities Fund. This year support for grassroots organisations continues with a further £2.5m and as the second round of 2016 funding concludes, 52 more projects will receive a share of £1.25m. The charity …

Skills and Opportunities Fund Public Vote Now Open

The public vote to decide which organisations will be awarded money from the second round of the Skills and Opportunities Fund in 2016 is now open. Voting for the second round of the 2016 Skills & Opportunities Fund is open from midday on 21 October until midday on 4 November, with the winners being announced …

7 Ways CSR can Support Your Business

So far in this blog, we’ve explored what CSR is and how to identify areas CSR could be used within your business. This week, we’ll be showing you the impact CSR can achieve in seven key areas of business development.   Sustainable scaling-up CSR can support you to overcome the challenges of scaling-up and expansion, …

Heidi Mottram OBE: The Value of Voluntary Sector Engagement

Heidi Mottram OBE, is Chief Executive Officer of Northumbrian Water Group and HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador to the North East for Business in the Community. Here she discusses why engaging with voluntary and charitable organisations makes business sense. Some people may question why businesses spend time, money and effort supporting voluntary organisations and …