WINNER: Investec & Bromley-by-Bow Centre
PROJECT: Beyond Business
Beyond Business is a unique social enterprise incubator, run in partnership by Investec and the Bromley by Bow Centre. Beyond Business launches and supports sustainable businesses in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham, all in the top 5% of deprived boroughs in London. It launches businesses committed to generating their own sustainable profits and social impacts, empowering local people to create sustainable solutions to problems in their community. Since 2008, Beyond Business has launched 44 social enterprises, many of them black and ethnic minority or female led, creating over 250 jobs and yielding a combined annual turnover of more than £2.3m.