Cause4 and Santander launch mentoring programme for ambitious female entrepreneurs

5 December 2014

Are you a female entrepreneur with your own fast-growth small or medium enterprise?

Would you benefit from advice and guidance from a successful female entrepreneur?

Santander’s Breakthrough programme is delighted to announce the launch of the Women in Breakthrough Mentoring Programme for the next generation of fast-growth female entrepreneurs, in partnership with social enterprise Cause4.

Michelle writes for The Guardian - Arts sponsorship: the slippery issue of ethics

25 November 2014

This blog was originally written for The Guardian.

The issues around arts organisations taking sponsorship from firms with a chequered ethical history have been with us over the centuries. And so with sit-ins at the Tate over BP sponsorship and recent protests at the National Gallery over Shell, the debate rages on.

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett and Michelle Wright featured in The Sunday Times

10 November 2014

It was a warm June evening in the City and England’s crunch World Cup game against Uruguay was set to start in an hour. Yet 80 young executives, among them lawyers, accountants and analysts, were packed into a room at the top of Close Brothers’ smart City headquarters to hear about how they could make a difference in the world of charity.

Happily, the first speaker at the inaugural seminar of the Close Brothers Trustee Leadership Programme was the energetic and inspiring Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett.

Michelle Wright is featured in the Financial Times' Silicon Valley article

3 November 2014

Outside the British Consul’s house in San Francisco is a palm tree and a giant sign proclaiming “Technology is Great”, with the word “Britain” squeezed underneath. The posters form the backdrop for our unusual group: the inaugural mission of 17 British female technology CEOs.

Cause4's Autumn Newsletter

28 October 2014

Welcome to our Autumn newsletter.

We’re now back in the swing of a busy Autumn period here at Cause4 and are pleased to bring
you a snapshot of our work over the coming months.

Read the newsletter here

Ben Wilson featured in The Guardian's Rising Star Showcase

17 October 2014

Ben was social enterprise Cause4’s first employee four years ago. Despite being new to fundraising, his dedication and hard work has led to him developing significant expertise in a wide range of critical elements of fundraising at a time of high-growth and change for the organisation. He has continued to excel not only in working directly with clients, raising over £4m for charities both internationally and across the UK and generating £50,000 of new business for Cause4.

Cause4 shortlisted in four categories for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards

13 October 2014

Social enterprise Cause4 has been shortlisted in four categories at the 2014 Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Cause4 CEO Michelle Wright is up against strong fields in the categories of: Service Industry Entrepreneur of the Year, Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year (UK), Social Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year (International) and Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year.

Michelle Wright is interviewed by the London Daily News on young trustees

8 October 2014

News Desk

Recent figures from the Charity Commission has shown a record number in registered charities now at 164,345 with revenues of £63 billion a year. This has led to a demand in more people to volunteer and become trustees in charities, the custodians of the charity and its legal remit.

Cause4 profiled by Santander Breakthrough

7 October 2014

Strategy is key to social enterprise says Cause4 CEO Michelle Wright. Find out how her company helps charities and fundraising organisations become more entrepreneurial, while sustaining her own successful social enterprise.

Cause4 named as a winner in the 2014 O2 Smarta 100 Awards

7 October 2014 and O2 Business proudly announce that social enterprise Cause4 is a winner of
the 2014 O2 Smarta 100, the index of the UK’s savviest, supremely disruptive, most
resourceful and socially-beneficial small businesses.

The O2 Smarta 100 awards celebrates new UK tech powerhouses like Squawka, Rant & Rave and Pact Coffee, as much as those dedicated to changing thousands of lives for the better – Two Fingers Brewing Co, whose profits go in full to prostate cancer research.

Guildhall School of Music & Drama supports new cohort of nine Creative Entrepreneurs

18 September 2014

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama today announced its second cohort of nine alumni and staff who will be supported to set up their own businesses/social enterprises and develop their entrepreneurship skills through its Creative Entrepreneurs scheme.

The successful alumni will take part in an intensive 12-month programme of training and individual support led by fundraising and development enterprise Cause4 and delivered in partnership with Guildhall.

Michelle Wright keynote speaker at the Association of European Conservatoires’ ‘The Musician as Creative Entrepreneur’ conference

16 September 2014

Cause4 CEO, Michelle Wright, is the keynote speaker at this weekend’s The Musician as Creative Entrepreneur conference for the Association of European Conservatoires.

The conference will serve as a conclusion to the three-year EU-funded ‘Polifonia Project’, and more specifically the working group dedicated to ‘Educating for Entrepreneurship in Music’.

New Senior Management team for Cause4

15 September 2014

After a period of sustained growth, social enterprise Cause4, is pleased to welcome Janice Lopatkin as its new Chief Operating Officer, to complete its Senior Management team.

Janice will work closely with Michelle Wright, CEO and alongside Emma O’Connell as Director of  Talent, Amanda Rigali as Director of Programmes and Rosemary Spencer as Head of Finance and Resources.