Proof that businesses can make money and make a difference

CrowdMission is all about organisations that are out to make the world a better place. But we’re not talking about charities. We champion entrepreneurs and business owners who have the ability to make money and make a difference. We recently came across one company that is doing just that. Ben Allen is a 27-year-old entrepreneur who runs Oomph Wellness, one of the UK’s largest providers of holistic therapy for the elderly and people with...

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Small business bank lending to hit six-year low: Now is the time for crowdfunding

A report out this week from Ernst & Young makes for depressing reading. Based on current trends, the total lent by banks to SMEs by the end of 2012 will be the lowest annual amount since 2006. To make matters worse, the government’s efforts to get the banks lending aren’t going to do much to help. For example, the British Business Bank, Vince Cable’s attempt to free up £10bn worth of funding for small businesses, will exhaust its...

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The business of doing good: Why the Dragons don’t get it

The business of doing good: Why the Dragons don’t get it

This week’s episode of BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den included a perfect example of how  traditional investors often don’t understand that it is perfectly possible to grow a   profitable business and also make a difference to the world around you. During the show, the co-founders of The Amazings pitched for investment. The company is a marketplace which allows the over 50s to earn money selling places on courses in subjects they’re...

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Getting the most out of crowdfunding

Getting the most out of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a fairly new and very exciting way to raise money for your project or organisation. It is, in the words of our co-founder Michael Norton, “not just giving, it’s co-venturing”. In other words, this is a new way to connect with backers and donors, a two-way process that allows them to feel invested in your project and for you to forge strong links with your community. If you have a start-up business or a new project within a...

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