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.

2023 winners

Hackney School of Food teach chefs of all ages and abilities about growing and cooking food. Using produce from their own gardens, prepared in their award-winning professional kitchen, they work with schools, families, community groups and businesses in east London.

Black Women in Real Estate enables Black Women to be seen, heard and grow in the real estate industry. They open doors for opportunities to Black Women working in the industry through virtual calls and meet-ups. Black Women in Real Estate was established from the desire to connect with other black women in the built environment. They create the opportunities for black women to be part of a supportive network across the industry.

WAX Atelier is a London-based studio specialising in handmade, sustainable wax products. Their products are manufactured in Poplar, east London, by a team of trained artisans from the local community. Sustainability is at the core of their brand ethos, and most of their materials are locally sourced. The production is all done in-house, in small batches, using environmentally low-impact processes.

Wild Mosaic offers people the opportunity to be a rewilder without the need to own land. They offer 3x3m plots that anyone can adopt for a monthly fee, and work towards making the UK wilder.

Travel Hands is a charity that assists Visually Impaired People and Volunteers in sharing wonderful journeys together.

Spiritwood is a creative construction company that uses unique and inspiring projects to deliver professional skills training to disadvantaged groups currently outside the labour market. It offers a construction programme with a social and environmental agenda, delivering what is in essence a traineeship, where a variety of different trades are introduced in a short space of time. Professional skills include traditional trades such as carpentry and workshop machining, plastering and electrics, as well as future facing skills such as digital fabrication, green materials, and renewable energy.

2022 winners

Blackout Dance Camp is a community dance education provider in the field of Caribbean, Hip Hop, Vernacular and Commercial diasporic dance. They run educational dance camps and community outreach schemes for people from all backgrounds, including those from marginalised groups such as BAME, LGBTQIA+ communities and those on low-income.

Flow Space is a social enterprise studio in Dalston, east London, which combines pottery with meditation and yoga. They offer a place to discover creativity whilst connecting with others in a friendly, relaxing and beautiful space, which includes a fully equipped ceramics and art studio and a space for yoga, meditation, meetings, presentations and private events.

First Fruits Environmental Services addresses several issues in east London: waste management, social inclusion, community inclusion, youth unemployment, homelessness, poverty, environmental degradation and mental health. They do this by collecting green garden waste, food waste from homes and restaurants and waste construction wood and convert it to compost, charcoal and other commodities including organically produced vegetables, furniture and timber. They provide employment, counselling and training to individuals on the margins of society.

Hearth Bakery is a bakery and eatery supplying baked goods to retail and wholesale customers in Hackney Wick and beyond. They focus on supporting small-scale farms and regenerative agriculture to enable farming for a better future and industrial training to employ unemployed young people to become a new generation of hospitality professionals with an interest in environmental impact.

Skater Girls and Pals works to achieve fair representation and bring more exposure and opportunities to marginalised communities in skate culture. Their core principles include: community building, social prescribing and physical and mental wellbeing. To make skating accessible, they deliver weekly skate sessions, beginner sessions for families and kids and two skate programs for young girls in collaboration with Hackney Council and Poplar HARCA housing association. SGP also offers digital and physical safe meeting spaces for individuals experiencing marginalisation and discrimination to meet, share their experiences and uplift each other.

2021 winners

Aberfeldy Boxing Club is a CIC led by Kirk and Daryl offering classes to people of all age, as well as disability classes and women only classes. During the school holidays, the club offers free give back sessions to the children of the community and they have also set up a thriving anti-knife crime initiative, to help tackle the growing levels of knife crime in the city

Cordwainers Grow CIC is the UK’s first Natural Dye studio dedicated to providing knowledge and space for emerging socially and sustainably conscious designers from the worlds of fashion, media and lifestyle. Promoting and supporting the sustainable practices of plant and food waste based dye for textiles that can be used across the spectrum of design.

Vita Bites is a social enterprise seeking to provide nutritious, protein dense energy balls to vulnerable people, such as homeless, vulnerable families and households, who are experiencing food poverty. The balls are full of goodness and when it is difficult to get a meal they can act as a substitute until the next meal is found. Every Go! Ball sold to the public will ensure a second is given away to someone that really needs it.

InUse is an eco-friendly design studio that upcycles packaging waste into filaments and offers sustainable 3D print-on-demand services. We want to work with creative individuals and small businesses within our community to print products that are socially beneficial and safe for the environment.

2020 winners

In.Dent partners with organisations such as NHS trusts, charities and universities to deliver oral health events and mobile dental services to vulnerable groups.

Power With supports organisations and experts by experience to come together and design effective solutions to homelessness. Our community shape the methods used to co-produce and are offered development support, training and paid opportunities.
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KOCA Community helps people enhance their physical and mental wellbeing through the medium of martial arts.

2019 winners

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.
Follow: @routeswomen

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.
Follow: @hackneyherbal

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.
Follow: @YarrowFilms

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.

Previous winners

Imagen Insights 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. Imagen Insights 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.

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.


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.

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.


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.



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.

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.


Kineara provide pivotal services and support to organisations that work with vulnerable families and adults to create a cost-effective, self-supporting community infrastructure.

Fair exchange

Dot Dot Dot

How one of our Investec Beyond Business social enterprises is creating stronger communities.

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More than food

Fat Macy’s

How one of our Investec Beyond Business social enterprises is supporting people through cooking.

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Bespoke mental health support

Find A Balance

How one of our Investec Beyond Business social enterprises is supporting individuals and families who suffer with mental health issues.

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Combating loneliness


How one of our Investec Beyond Business social enterprises is bringing generations together.

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Striving for the best

Tutors United

How one of our Investec Beyond Business social enterprises is helping pupils from low-income backgrounds get ahead.

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Better supply chains

Supply Change

2018 Investec Beyond Business winners connect social enterprises to organisations looking for goods and services.

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