Social Entrepreneurship – leading businesses for good with Liam Black
What is social entrepreneurship and how do you best lead a socially responsible business? My guest Liam Black would say be Visionary, be bold, take risks, stay humble, get clear teams and mentors round you, gather evidence, get clear about money, look after yourself, work hard and Get plenty of sleep! In this show we will discuss some of the key lessons acquired by one of the UK’s best known social entrepreneurs, Liam Black. Liam has led some of the country’s most successful social enterprises, most recently Fifteen which, with Jamie Oliver, he grew into a global brand with businesses in Europe and Australia. He is author of There’s No Business Like Social Business and The Social Entrepreneur’s A to Z, and speaks and writes widely on leadership, enterprise and social change. Join us for a very socially responsible and inspiring show tinged with Liam’s trademark good humour!
More about Liam Black:
Liam is a UK based social entrepreneur, impact investor and writer.
He is co-founder and the Chief Encouragement Officer of Wavelength a company with the mission of ‘changing the world for the better through business’.
Liam brings together leaders from a wide range of sectors and industries and his clients, members and partners include Rolls Royce, the BBC, Dyson, Lego, IKEA as well a global range of social businesses including Grameen, Aravind, and many community based organisations engaged in finding solutions to some of our societies toughest problems.
He has helped create and led a dozen social businesses most famously Fifteen, which, with Jamie Oliver, he grew into a global brand.
He helped create and advises two investment funds: Impact Ventures UK and Ignite (created by energy giant Centrica) which between them are investing $80 million in social innovation.
Liam is the author of There’s No Business Like Social Business (2004) and in November 2014 published The Social Entrepreneur’s A to Z: On Anxiety, Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep which draws together the advice he gives the many young entrepreneurs with whom he engages around the world.
Professor Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank) wrote the foreword for the A to Z:
“ Liam brings to social entrepreneurs his experience, wisdom, and insight, all delivered with his trademark directness and sense of humour to inform, encourage, educate and – when needed – admonish.”