Our supported social enterprises
Through our award winning Investec Beyond Business programme we nurture and launch new social enterprises in east London. See our supported social enterprises below.
The Visionaries helps grow a generation of social and environmental youth leaders. We harness the power of education, sustainable leadership, emotional intelligence and nature connection to help young people and their entourage lead the change they wish to see in the world.
Routes exists to improve the wellbeing of refugee and asylum seeking women in London. We run theatre programmes that help women to grow in confidence, improve English and build new connections; and mentoring programmes which support women around employment, education, volunteering and new skills development.
We Speak works with young people from under-represented backgrounds who don’t feel confident speaking in front of groups. We help participants find their authentic voice and adapt it to a range of situations, enabling them to take action and reach their potential in life.
Hackney Herbal is a social enterprise promoting wellbeing through herbs. We specialise in creative workshops, events and community projects which connect people and plants and support people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Yarrow Films is an ethical documentary film production company. We make short films for charities and non-profits and specialise in collaborative storytelling as a tool to empower marginalised people, tackle stigma, and raise awareness of complex social, political, economic challenges.
Carmen’s Family Coffee House helps young families to socialize, play and relax by providing a welcoming child-focused coffee house with play area, workshops and shop, selling baby products from toys and books to changing bag essentials.
DivInc, founded by Jay Richards, helps underestimated 11 to 18 year olds to launch their own startups and possibly gain investment by inspiring, equipping and funding them. DivInc has grown to a team of 4 in only 18 months and they’re on the trajectory to impact over 78,000 young people in 2019. They help the overlooked to solve the problems that others are missing. Follow them on Twitter.
Feast in a Flash, founded by Iwebunor Anyia, is a food social enterprise tackling food poverty and helping to make healthier family food options more accessible and affordable.
InCommon, founded by Charlotte Whittaker and Laura McCarthy, is a social enterprise that brings generations together. We boost wellbeing and tackle loneliness amongst older people by taking groups of primary school children into retirement homes to learn and build friendships with their elders. Follow them on Twitter.
NewRoots, founded by Jonny Adams, provides a collection of facilities management services (including Grounds and Landscapes, Property Services, Removals and Recycling), in order to create accessible, meaningful work placements, training and employment opportunities for individuals facing complex barriers to work.
Supply Change, founded by Beth Pilgrim & Aoise Keogan Nooshabadi, is the only digital market place that specialises in making the procurement process of social enterprises easier, safer and quicker. Through our innovative platform we’re levelling the playing field for social enterprises to access public sector contracts, benefiting local communities, people and society. Better still, we’re enabling companies to align how they do business with their own values. Follow them on Twitter.
Performance Ready, founded by Daniel Lavipor, supports the delivery of physical education in schools with a world class strength and conditioning programme that improves the physical readiness of young people to be successful in their sporting and exercise ambitions.
Cracked It trains and employs at-risk young people to repair cracked smartphones as an enterprising route away from crime and towards employment.
Fat Macy’s provide culinary and catering training for Londoners living in temporary hostel accommodation culminating in supper clubs for the public. The income from the supper clubs is used to fund deposits for flats for the trainees.
Dot Dot Dot provide reliable, flexible security at low cost by placing individuals who are dedicated to voluntary work in properties that would otherwise be empty, thereby ensuring they are maintained in a safe and secure condition.
RenewEL aims to provide training and meaningful work opportunities for the homeless, long term unemployed, those recently out of prison, recovering from addiction or with mental health problems.
Supply Yoga offers inclusive, affordable yoga classes for all, transcending shape, size, ability, health and wealth – the revenue accumulated funds yoga classes for members of the community that would benefit from, but often have limited access to, yoga and wellbeing services.
Baking Well supports volunteers who have experienced mental health problems to produce a selection of delectable tray bakes as part of their recovery. Profits from the enterprise are donated to a mental health charity that specialises in supporting people back into work.
DayOld is a surplus food social enterprise, tackling food waste and food poverty with London’s first surplus food box scheme.
Football Beyond Borders provide employment opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the creation of “Football for All” Academies and the provision of youth-led, youth-focused digital media and production services.
Settle is a social enterprise that helps homeless young people moving into their first home. Settle equip young people with the skills needed to live independently so that they move forwards, not backwards.
Well Grounded is a Specialty Coffee Academy that trains people who have faced social or economic disadvantage and transitions them into sustainable and fulfilling work.
Wipers is a youth justice social enterprise who specialise in engaging and empowering young people through delivering relationship-based, person-centered interventions.
Find Your Spark provides one to one and group positive coaching psychology programmes to 11-25 year olds. The results are increased wellbeing, academic attainment and engagement within education leading clients to flourish within school/college/the work place.
Dolittle offer complete event management solutions in London, specialising in community based events and activities. DoLittle provides specialist service for creation, production and management of memorable indoor and outdoor events.
N.ableD offer home-based one-to-one personal training sessions to people who are housebound or socially isolated who both want and need to become more physically active as a way to prevent or reduce the risk of developing long-term medical conditions.
Tutors United is a university student based tutoring service, employing university students to provide affordable, private tutoring to primary school pupils from disadvantaged and migrant backgrounds.
Canvas Cafe is a community cafe and arts space in East London, providing locally sourced, seasonal food and drinks and running a creative programme of self-esteem, happiness and wellbeing workshops.
Hackney Pirates support young people who are falling behind at school to develop their literacy, confidence and perseverance by providing them with one-to-one attention in an unconventional learning environment.
Diverse Music Solutions is a social enterprise that provides affordable music business support services to disenfranchised young people with new, emerging and existing talent.
Kineara provide pivotal services and support to organisations that work with vulnerable families and adults to create a cost-effective, self-supporting community infrastructure.