As a social enterprise, we aim to deliver goods and services. The difference is that social purpose is at the very heart of what we do, and the profits we make are reinvested to help our community grow. Some well-known examples of social enterprises include ‘The Big Issue’, Jamie Oliver's restaurant ‘Fifteen’ and the Fairtrade chocolate company ‘Divine Chocolate’. We want to be recognised as an example with them.
The government defines social enterprises as, "businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners." This in simple terms means that we put ‘you’ the designers and ‘you’ the clients from the community first.
The desire to be a social enterprise is linked to being established as a not for profit organisation. With these principle guidelines, we have created an establishment that focuses on ethical design ideas.