From local grass-roots organisations to multi-million pound businesses, what unites our members is their commitment to changing the world through business.
Our members include social enterprises, public sector bodies, local authorities and housing associations, spin-outs, charities, community groups and private sector businesses. They cover all industries from transport and health to marketing and finance.
For a full list of our members browse through the Member Directory.
We Walk the Line - coffee that creates entrepreneurs
We Walk the Line empowers tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by selling great tasting artisanal coffee. They only employ people who need a break, young people at risk of dropping out of education or the disadvantaged who need a second chance. They then coach employees and teach them on the job how to run their own coffee cart. Coaching them for more than a year to become self-sufficient business people, equipping them with both business and barista skills.
They reinvest their profits to set up employees when they are ready with their own coffee cart and pitch, creating a new micro-business. They continue to support all their entrepreneurs through a franchise model, supporting them with accounting, marketing and the benefits of bulk buying stock.
BOUNCE BACK - training, work experience and employment for offenders
In 2010, Francesca Findlater founded Bounce Back, the painting and decorating social enterprise which provides training, work experience and employment for offenders at the end of their sentences – when re-offending is most likely to occur.
Bounce Back competes on a level playing field with private companies to offer professional services on residential and commercial projects. Its work includes office refurbishment and partnering developers and housing associations on large scale regeneration schemes.
Bounce Back works with several prisons in London, including HMP Wandsworth, HMP Wormwood Scrubs and HMP Brixton. The social enterprise starts working with offenders when they’re still in prison. Following interview, selected candidates are mentored and supported to the end of their sentence, given training and the opportunity to acquire qualifications. On release, candidates complete their training and studies, before working on voluntary painting and decorating projects in the local community – vital work experience prior to paid employment.
To date, Bounce Back have supported 80% of their participants into paid employment - and only 10% have re-offended. It costs up to £90,000 a year to keep someone in prison and £29,000 to keep them on benefits. To train someone through Bounce Back costs just £2,500.
www.bouncebackproject.com | @the_bounce_back
HILL HOLT WOOD - working to benefit both the environment and local people
Hill Holt Wood in Lincolnshire is a woodland open to the public and provides a wide range of different services, from education and training to 14-19 year olds, adult education courses in the woodland, countryside and forestry management, to the provision of “green space” at other sites for those suffering from mental health issues.
It generates some of its income from The Wood Hall, a building at the heart of the woodland, which is also available for hire for weddings, parties, corporate events and social functions.
The wood was purchased in 1995 by Nigel and Karen Lowthrop and has gone from being a damaged piece of land to a sustainable and successful business. Hill Holt Wood approaches the management of the woodland both in the traditional sense, as a habitat to be managed, but also utilises the natural resource in its main goals of training and education.
www.hillholtwood.com | @hillholtwood
BELU - 100% of profits to WaterAid
Belu is the UK’s most ethical water brand and trades with a purpose of setting the environmental benchmark in the drinks sector and investing all profits into ending water poverty.
Belu works with restaurants, hotels and corporate sites to ensure the right solution for audience across mineral water, filtered and tap water.
Belu takes every step to reduce environmental impact including developing the first British water bottle made from 50% recycled plastic, developing green glass bottles made from 80% recycled glass and launching Ethical Glass (the lightest weight clear glass bottles for mineral water on the market). The business chooses not to export their British mineral water and is the first and only water company to be certified carbon neutral to the British Standard PAS2060.
The Belu and WaterAid partnership was formed in 2011. 100% of their profits (to date June 2016) mean over £1.5m has been passed to WaterAid and over 100,000 lives transformed so far.
Belu is available throughout the UK and you will find their mineral water, water cooler bottles and filtration machines in a huge range of hotels, restaurants, bars and venues including the Houses of Parliament.
www.belu.org | @BeluWater