SmallBizPod #62 – Social Firms – an exciting challenge

The positive impact of social firms including interviews with Sally Reynolds, ceo of Social Firms UK and Nigel Kershaw, chairman of The Big Issue and ceo of Big Issue Invest.

By Alex Bellinger
27th February 2008 at 4:06 pm

This week SmallBizPod #62, the small business podcast, takes a look at social enterprise and social firms in particular. Inspiring interviews with social entrepreneurs include: Nigel Kershaw, chairman of The Big Issue, Sally Reynold, ceo of Social Firms UK and Jenny Sims, ceo of Pembrokeshire FRAME.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex on what’s coming up in the show.
• 01:58 Thanks to Sage for their continued sponsorship of the podcast.


• 03:00 Interview with Nigel Kershaw, chairman of the Big Issue and ceo of Big Issue Invest which has established innovative ways to invest in social enterprises. Alex and Nigel talk about the challenges and priorities of social enterprise, prevention rather than philanthropy, desire for change and the social enterprise venture fund.

• 14:15 Interview with Sally Reynolds, ceo of Social Firms UK talks about the Social Firms model, her work, inspiration, the launch of the Star Social Firms quality mark, the importance of social and economic inclusion, the challenge of running a social firm and funding.

• 24:55 Interview with Jenny Sims, ceo of Pembrokeshire FRAME with some very practical advice on running a social firm including social accounting, establishing a diverse board and managing all staff equally to get the best from people and identifying their talents and skills whatever their ability.


• 33.08 Thanks to all those who commented on the SmallBizPod blog including: Oladele Ayuba, Peter Boydell and Ed Stivala. Thanks also to everyone who has joined and contributed to the SmallBizPod Facebook Group.

• 39.04 Music Red by Jet Jaguar with thanks to the Monotonik label.

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