PwC believes that social entrepreneurs are coming up with some of the best examples of new and sustainable ways of working, trying out new ideas which can create a stronger, more vibrant society and a stronger economy.
The Fire Station - Blazing a trail for social enterprise
The Fire Station on Tooley Street, Southwark, London is a pioneering three-way partnership between the private, public and voluntary sectors. PwC has regenerated one of the oldest Fire Brigade Stations in London next to its new headquarters at 7 More London, and has brought together a unique combination of organisations (of which Social Enterprise UK is one) working together to make a positive social impact.
PwC believes that social entrepreneurs are coming up with some of the best examples of new and sustainable ways of working, trying out new ideas which can create a stronger, more vibrant society and a stronger economy. The firm also believes it has something to contribute, from shaping public policy and Government thinking to support the sector, to the quality and impact of the advice it can offer to social enterprises.
PwC is also uniquely positioned to advise on social impact measurement, both because it’s one of the services they offer to their clients and because they’ve begun to measure the social impact of their own community programmes.
This landmark venture sees them extending their existing community engagement and deepening relationships with their community partners to:
- Promote and encourage social enterprises and the people behind them.
- Provide social entrepreneurs with whom PwC have a relationship, access to training, knowledge and mentors who can offer the right kind of support and advice.
- Create opportunities for work experience, training and coaching for homeless and vulnerable people.
- Accelerate understanding of social change, and measurement of social impact.
- Generate revenues to fund future community programmes.
PwC’s own social enterprise bar and bistro, Brigade, which is located on the ground and first floor of the Fire Station, will help them to gain real experience setting up and running a social enterprise to strengthen their understanding of what works.
Find out more by visiting www.firestation.pwc.co.uk
In this short video, Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, discusses the changing role of social enterprises in the UK economy.