Philanthropy Equals Opportunity

Hospitality entrepreneur and philanthropist Allan English is halfway toward helping one million of the world's poorest people.

A regularly updated number hangs modestly from a noticeboard at Silver Chef's West End head office - 514206, at last count..

It's not a sales target or that month's profit, but tells you all you need to know about what drives the hospitality equipment firm.

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Allan English: Innovation is the only way forward

Philanthropy, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, impact investing – Silver Chef’s Allan English has his fingers in a lot of pies, and the results are proving fruitful.

Allan English is the director of the English Family Foundation, founder and chairman of Silver Chef, Ltd., a non-executive director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and chairman of The Funding Network. Here, he is in conversation with Frankie Airey, director of management consulting firm, Philanthropy Squared.

FRANKIE: I’m hearing a lot of new language about the crossover between traditional philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing. You do all three, so I’d like to hear from you about what you see as the difference between them and the impacts you’d like to see.

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Are you a Philanthropist?

Interview questions about Philanthropy with Allan English

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