Introducing the Home of Social Enterprise – our new building with the School for Social Entrepreneurs

It has been a longstanding ambition of ours to own a building and are delighted to announce that this has now become a reality! Through a pioneering partnership with our friends from the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) we have purchased 13-15 Dock Street in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Located around the corner from Tower Bridge, the former East End dock warehouse has been transformed into a hub of social enterprise activity. As well as giving us a permanent home, increasing our sustainability and resilience, in future we hope it will be a space to bring the wider social business world together and provide new collaborative opportunities for the sector.

Buying the property was itself a model of sector collaboration as we and SSE set up a new limited liability company, the Home of Social Enterprise, to carry out the purchase.

Our chief executive, Peter Holbrook CBE, said: “This important achievement has been a real collective effort that we feel reflects the very spirit of our sector: working towards systemic positive change and doing business in a way that doesn’t just benefit ourselves but also the community, the social enterprise movement and environment around us. 

“After many years of effort, I’m delighted that we now have a long-term home and an asset that I believe will help strengthen and secure our organisation’s future. This massive undertaking would not have been possible without CAF Bank, CHK Foundation, Postcode Innovation Trust and City Bridge Foundation, as well as the work of many social enterprise supporters.” 

Alistair Wilson, chief executive for SSE, added: “We’re thrilled to elevate our longstanding partnership with Social Enterprise UK as we join forces in our new shared space! It’s more than just a building; it’s a beacon for collaboration, a home for social entrepreneurship and a symbol of our commitment to long-term sustainability.

“We would like to thank David Adair, Head of Community Affairs at PwC, and his colleagues for their instrumental support throughout this transition. We’re so grateful for their expertise in facilitating our move – and of course, for providing our previous accommodation at the Old Fire Station on Tooley Street, which was exceptional.”

We look forward to welcoming you to our new home!

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Our new building 13-15 Dock Street

13 Dock Street

The building used to be a former dock warehouse