Iridescent Ideas Social Impact Report Front Page

Plymouth-based business and champion of the city’s social enterprise sector, Iridescent Ideas, celebrates its 10th birthday this month.

While normal birthday festivities and parties may be off the cards, the Iridescent team marked the occasion by producing a social impact report and ten-year timeline, shining a light on the difference they have made during the last decade.

Gareth Hart, Founder and Director, said,

“We are super proud of reaching ten years as a business. Iridescent has weathered the storms of recession and Covid-19 and grown from my back bedroom to a team of four. We are incredibly proud to be celebrating a decade of impact linked to social enterprise and of working in the great city of Plymouth.”

Highlights of the past ten years include:

  • leading the successful bid which saw Plymouth become the UK’s first Social Enterprise City in 2013
  • speaking at the House of Commons on social enterprise and Plymouth in 2015
  • being highly commended for Social Impact at the national Social Enterprise UK awards in 2016
  • presenting the Plymouth story at the global Social Enterprise World Forum in 2020.

The former CIC Regulator, Sara Burgess, came on board in 2015 as a Non-Executive Director of the company.

“I joined Iridescent as a non-executive director in the hope my skills and experience would be of value to the company at a time of development. What I got was the chance to learn firsthand about the impact of social enterprise, the power of sharing values and the satisfaction of seeing how our work influences the VSCE [Voluntary, Social and Community Enterprise] sector and beyond.”

Director of Research, Lucy Blackley, who also joined the team in 2015, said,

“With ten amazing years of creating impact and helping others to measure and share theirs, I’m looking forward to taking the social enterprise impact story global, and reaching many more inspiring people through our online expansion.”

Iridescent Ideas was founded by Gareth Hart and Mel Tucker. The business was born in 2011 a few weeks after another birth, that of their second child, and began life in their spare room.

Iridescent Ideas’ vision is for a more socially enterprising, greener and fairer economy. They provide business advice and expertise to help people make their social business ideas a reality, get finance and funding, grow their organisations and measure the impact their work has. They are also involved in various local, regional and national groups and partnerships and work to influence policymaking to help grow a social enterprise economy.