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How Starts with you embeds social impact into everything it does

We are delighted to launch our Social Impact Report for 2022-23 to coincide with Global Social Enterprise Day. Our video report provides a snapshot of our people, partners, and numbers, showcasing how we embed social impact in everything we do, building a kinder, fairer way to do business.

Fundamentally Starts with you (SWY) is a Property Service company, with 85% of our income from commercial contracts in property clearance, caretaking, handypersons, and building safety inspection services. But those services are not “an end in themselves” they are the means to support what drives us, our Social Purpose “to create opportunity and empower people to make positive change”.

Watch SWY’s video impact report

Through commercial trading, we have been able to build a business that champions good employment, fair pay, and responsible business practice, supporting nearly 50 employees, over half in entry-level roles. We are a Real Living Wage and Living Hours employer, and a member of the GM Good Employment Charter.

We build good practice into our business model to ensure that our people and customers have access to opportunities and are empowered to make positive change. We create opportunities for people to get into or return to work through our employability support services which have helped 77customers in to work in 2022-23, and direct employment, with 34% of the team recruited from being out of work. We work hard to invest in our team and to provide opportunities for personal growth and progression within the business.

As well as building impact into our working practices we invest 100% of our profits in our social purpose, either in gift aid to charity, re-invested in the business, or to support services in the community including money, digital, employment, and energy advice. In 2022-23 the team supported over 1500 customers and delivered financial gains of £633,000, contributing to a total since 2017 of over £2 million saved for local people.

We are passionate about growing our business so we can create more opportunities, empower more people, and make even more positive change! If you would like to learn more about SWY, what we can deliver, work for us, or how we make a difference you can contact us on any of our website pages.