Laura joined Pioneers Post as a multimedia journalist in November 2020. She previously worked as a freelancer at the BBC World Service and was an intern with Bloomberg News.
Laura graduated in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Salford with first class honours in July 2020. Before going into journalism, she had a 14-year career as a professional ballet dancer. Born and raised in France, she worked in Germany for four years before moving to the UK to join Scottish Ballet in 2010. She now lives in the north west of England.
Pioneers Post's Laura Joffre reports from a long-awaited and high-profile gathering on Europe's social economy – where the "guest of honour" makes a powerful appeal for solidarity. Plus, this week's top stories.
Ukrainian Social Academy board member says war has “hurt” – but not destroyed – the nation’s long history of business with a social mission. Now, it needs support to help create jobs for displaced Ukrainians.
At the Future of Europe conference in Strasbourg, Yolanda Díaz commits to making social economy a priority, while French secretary of state Olivia Grégoire says the sector shows "a path forward" for the reinvention of Europe.
Funding will support the plans from the UK’s largest childcare social enterprise to double the number of its nurseries, while award-winning CEO June O’Sullivan praises the flexibility of charity bonds over typical social investment.
The woman who acts as a contact point between the social enterprise and voluntary sector and the UK government emphasises the economic case for the role of the sector in delivering public contracts at the UK National Social Value Conference.
Growth Impact Fund developed by UnLtd, Shift and Big Issue Invest described as “fundamentally different” – aiming to back long-overlooked entrepreneurs and provide model for more inclusive social investment.
As part of FASE’s Impact Fire Talks, impact investing experts share their tips on how to make sure investees don’t move away from their mission over time – plus, our selection of more key insights from the week-long series.