Social enterprise members

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into the business or the local community. And so when they profit, society profits.

Here are some of our social enterprise members:

Fair For You: Undercutting exploitative weekly payment stores

Fair For You is a not for profit social enterprise which has been set up to offer a fair alternative to weekly payment stores for domestic appliances. Offering significantly lower interest rate charges than payday lenders and high street weekly payment stores, Fair for You offers a no fees, no deposit, quality, branded products for people who would otherwise be exploited by for-profit companies.

Bevan Healthcare CIC: Providing healthcare for excluded and marginalised groups

Bevan Healthcare CIC runs a NHS General Practice service that meets the needs of people who are homeless or in unstable accommodation; those who have come to Bradford as refugees or to seek asylum; and others who find it hard to access health care.

Recently rated outstanding by the CQC, the Chief Inspector of GP Practice said: “If there is a better practice in England I look forward to visiting it… There are so many aspects to this practice deserving of recognition and I urge other practices to read this report. This is an utterly outstanding practice and just shows what can be achieved with excellent leadership and teamwork which includes the team and the patients that this practice serves.”

Street League: Tackling youth unemployment

Street League changes people’s lives through football. Their vision is an end to structural youth unemployment in the UK. Working with 16-25 year olds who are not in employment, education and training they engage young people in a structured football and education 'Academy' programme, with two hours in the classroom and two hours on the pitch each day. This intensive 10-week programme develops vital employability skills such as communication, teamwork and goal-setting. It also offers nationally-recognised qualifications.

HCT Group: Connecting isolated communities

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry, safely providing over 20 million passenger trips on our buses every year. It delivers a range of transport services – from London red buses to social services transport, from school transport to Park and Ride, from community transport to education and training. They reinvest the profits from our commercial work into further transport services or projects in the communities they serve. With the Bus Services Bill currently going through Parliament, councils are set to have greater flexibility over how they manage their bus services.