Author Archives: Leanne Dodson

5 September 2013 - 10:04 am Popping up a Shop at Spitalfields

Anyone that watched The Apprentice task where the teams were challenged to “smell what sells” and grow an enterprise  from Stall to Shop in 48 hours might have spotted the two teams at the iconic Spitalfields Market. This episode struck a particular cord with me mainly because less than a week earlier I watched a team from Sheffield Enactus trade their handmade cosmetics, that aim to eradicate human trafficking, along with 15 other University teams in Uni PopShop. And even now after years of enterprise experience I still learnt a thing or two.

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18 January 2013 - 1:12 pm Get money to make a difference

On a chilly morning at USE, a young(ish) girl dared to dream of the things she could do with upto £5,000. Being an idealist, bitten by the social enterprise bug, having worked on an array of social action projects, who stills wakes up in the middle of the night with the latest world changing idea and who still dreams of a better more sustainable tomorrow, she let her mind wander freely. Think of the things we could do, the things we’d learn and the people we would meet? Think of the impact we could have, on our community, our environment,  ourselves. You still with me? Good, because, sadly, she can’t have the funding, but you can.

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21 December 2012 - 10:55 am ‘Tis the season to celebrate social enterprise

With the festive season now in full swing and Christmas frighteningly close, it’s fair to say many of the staff at USE are bubbling over with festive cheer. But do you know how I best like to celebrate? With a showcase of socially entrepreneurial ideas – they call it the Social Innovation Celebration and this year’s event was as inspiring as ever.

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2 September 2012 - 11:36 am Life in SIFE: social projects and social enterprise

Now for another instalment of the highly anticipated Social Innovation Officer series. What? You haven’t heard about it? Well get with the times and check out the first instalment. Let’s talk about SIFE, and the difference between a social action project and a social enterprise.

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4 August 2012 - 12:25 pm Cashing in on a broken heart

With University coming to an end for many graduates, for some those University romances don’t quite make it through the summer. It’s been something of a break-up season around campus, but worry not if you are currently heartbroken, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel; entrepreneurship. Here’s a look at some inspiring entrepreneurs that cashed in on their heartache.

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27 July 2012 - 12:35 pm What’s in a name?

It’s fair to say that my blogs have depleted since this time last year when I was a USE Summer Intern, so with the summer coming back around and our intern blogging force dropping from eight to two, I thought it was about time I pulled out my typing fingers. The issue is my returning blog had to be fairly epic, so here goes, a dissection of what social enterprise is to me.

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5 January 2012 - 12:29 pm 12 drummers drumming

When the challenge of blogging the 12 Days of Christmas was presented to us I thought it would be fitting to spotlight on a social enterprise. But what does 12 drummers drumming have to do with social enterprise? The reality of social enterprise is that they can engage with every business activity and prosper, even drumming!

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25 August 2011 - 10:35 am Taking on the Master Cutler’s Challenge

Inspired by our students, the USE staff have chosen to take up the Master Cutler’s Challenge by doing what we do best; be enterprising. The challenge? Turning a mere £50 into as much money as possible to raise money for young people across Sheffield.

The whole team are getting involved, with each of us hosting our stalls. So in the spirit of things we thought we would post a multi-author blog!

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5 August 2011 - 12:25 pm The Intern 2011 Results

When I was asked to write a blog on The Intern I jumped at the chance. The Intern is something that means a lot to me and was my route into enterprise both at USE and SIFE.

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12 July 2011 - 10:35 am Waste not, want not

When I was first asked to blog about how most washing powders contain sheep head my instant reaction was clear. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

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  • About the author

    Leanne Dodson

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    I am studying for a Masters in Commercial Law, working as the Social Innovation Officer for the Enterprise Zone and Social Portfolio Director for Sheffield SIFE. I have always engaged with Social Enterprise and find the projects, students and entrepreneurs I work with truly inspirational. Taking on three different roles at the University has set me a challenge to say the least, but it is one that I am looking forward to rising to. And I like tea.