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£100k

REDIRECTED SPEND

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71

TRUSTED SUPPLIERS

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12

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Our Impact in Numbers

COVID 19 Response

Our COVID-19 resilience strategy focused on supporting both our social enterprise and buyer partners.

For social enterprises, we expanded our support offering running a series of COVID-19 specific webinars and co-creating a business support document with Social Entrepreneur Jake Slater, letting social enterprises know about the latest government guidance, events, funding opportunities and best practice out there. These assets were available via our website and helped to increase traffic and social enterprise enquiries to join our platform. 

For buyers, we’ve provided emergency sourcing support during the peak of pandemic helping to source essential PPE and cleaning products from social enterprise providers. In partnership with the Social Value Exchange, we also launched an open-source directory to help buyers find social enterprises for their goods and services as well as offer their financial or non-financial support.


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Bringing People together 

We also pivoted our in-person 'Meet The Buyer' networking events to be run online, receiving positive feedback
from both social enterprises and buyers and several successful matches being made as a result of the events.

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Facilitating Connections 

This year we have worked with buyers across the public and private sectors to help them get ready to work with social enterprises in their supply chain through our platform, events and due diligence support.

We have focused on the housing sector, local authorities and the built environment with both Orbit Housing and Camden Council using our platform to find suppliers.

 

Our networking events gained great popularity among organisations such as Wates, Morgan Sindall, Willmott Dixon and Amey who were looking for inspirational case studies, learn about best practices and had social enterprises pitch their services to them. 

 

We have brokered over 30 successful introductions to our buyers’ supply chains such as Stay Nimble, Planet First Energy, Recycling Lives and many more.

The total spend we have redirected towards these organisations has now surpassed £100,000. As well as creating an impact for the social enterprises, this spending has also had internal benefits for buyers such as lower carbon emissions, greater efficiency and cost reductions.

Anti Racism

This year, we were called to reflect on our place within the social enterprise ecosystem. As a team of 4 white/white-facing women, we have navigated the social enterprise sector with much more ease than many and have benefited directly as a result. We know we must do all we can to stand with, platform and champion the work of our black colleagues in our sector.

In June, we pledged to do the following:

  • Learn about why our systems are racist, how to be anti-racist and our privilege (we found this useful, as a starting point).

  • Ally, where possible the work of our black colleagues, to fight against racial injustice and racial violence (we found this useful, as a starting point).

  • We committed and continue to dispense financial and non- financial organisational resources to propel the work of Resourcing Racial Justice, YSYS & Black Minds Matter.
     

We know there is more to do, and we will continue to learn and try to make the social enterprise sector and its opportunities equitable and a place for everyone to create impact.

Build Back Better

This year, we were called to reflect on our place within the social enterprise ecosystem. As a team of 4 white/white-facing women, we have navigated the social enterprise sector with much more ease than many and have benefited directly as a result. We know we must do all we can to stand with, platform and champion the work of our black colleagues in our sector.

In June, we pledged to do the following:

  • Learn about why our systems are racist, how to be anti-racist and our privilege (we found this useful, as a starting point).

  • Ally, where possible the work of our black colleagues, to fight against racial injustice and racial violence (we found this useful, as a starting point).

  • We committed and continue to dispense financial and non- financial organisational resources to propel the work of Resourcing Racial Justice, YSYS & Black Minds Matter.
     

We know there is more to do, and we will continue to learn and try to make the social enterprise sector and its opportunities equitable and a place for everyone to create impact.

Our highlights in 2020 

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Our partners in 2020