Earlier this year our Beyond Business team, funded by Investec, invited east London entrepreneurs to apply for funding to launch their social enterprise. As we emerge from the pandemic, the team were looking for businesses to make the ‘new normal’ anything but ordinary, and they were not disappointed.

Here are some of the winning social enterprises who will enjoy expert business support, training and mentoring over the next year. Winners also receive funding of up to £20,000 to get their ideas off the ground. We can’t wait to watch these businesses grow while actively improving the lives of people in our communities.

If you feel inspired, applications for the next round of Investec Beyond Business open in March 2022.

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Latest Beyond Business winners

Aberfeldy Boxing Club

Aberfeldy Boxing Club (ABC) is a CIC led by Kirk, Daryl and a team of loyal volunteers that help them run the club. ABC offers classes to people of all ages, as well as disability classes and women only classes. They also run free sessions to local young people during school holidays, and have set up a thriving anti-knife crime initiative, to help tackle the growing levels of knife crime in the city.

Cordwainers Dye

Cordwainers Dye is the UKs first natural dye studio dedicated to emerging socially and sustainably conscious designers. Founder Debbie is passionate about promoting sustainable plant and food waste based dyes for textiles that can be used across the spectrum of design.


InUse is an eco-friendly design studio that upcycles packaging waste into filaments and offers sustainable 3D print-on-demand services. The business was founded by Samreen and Sharaf, who wanted to work within the community to print products that are socially beneficial and safe for the environment.

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Unity Works Cafe

Situated at the heart of the Bromley by Bow Centre with a panoramic view over Bob’s park, the Unity Works Cafe is a great place to meet friends or enjoy some time to yourself.

Unity Works Café

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Making ideas a reality

Earlier this year Investec Beyond Business invited east London entrepreneurs to apply for funding to launch their social enterprise and they were not disappointed with the applications.

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New Covid transmission research published

The Chair of the Bromley by Bow Centre,  Ajit Lalvani, co-leads a team who have recently published important scientific research into Covid-19 transmission at home.

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Sing with Amal

Hear Bromley by Bow Centre staff and the National Theatre choir sing a moving welcome to Little Amal when she passed through London, highlighting the plight of refugees.

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Levelling up starts in communities

We were delighted to be featured by our community partners, Power to Change.

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December art at the Centre

‘A year apart – reflections on the pandemic’ opens early December, plus weekend open studios.

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