According to a report by Melanie Mills, the chief executive of Social Enterprise West Midlands CIC, for the Guardian, there are at least 62,000 social enterprises based around the UK.
What you might not realise is that these firms are based in just about every industry you can think of. Change your way of life today by seeing what these not-for-profit organisations can offer you.
Begin a new chapter with an independent bookshop
Instead of hopping online and choosing your next book from the selection on offer at Amazon, consider dropping by an independent bookshop.
There is likely to be a store within a short drive of your address, with the Arnolfini a highlight if you are based in the south-west of England. As well as stocking an intriguing range of publications, the arts centre also plays host to intriguing eco festivals from time to time.
Wash away those old habits
Did you know that there are an estimated 14 million people in the UK who use the services of Thames Water? How about that this same company did not pay any corporation tax in the past financial year?
Customers do have an alternative – Welsh Water. A not-for-profit organisation, the company is also free from the demands of shareholders and the money they receive from bills are pumped into environmental projects.
Get on the right track
Public transport also has an excellent social enterprising company in the shape of the HCT Group. An organisation which runs services in London, Bristol, Humberside, Yorkshire and the Channel Islands, the firm passes all of its profits into training and providing even more services.
As if that was not enough, the HCT Group tries to focus these projects on the UK’s most deprived areas.
Say no to that bitter taste
The drinks industry is a great example when it comes to showing the best of the country’s social economy. Fair trade coffee company Cafedirect, for example, uses its profits to help coffee producers keep on top with their work.
Then there is Belu. Plastic bottles may not be environmental in their general design, but this bottled-water company claims that its products are 100 per cent carbon neutral. On top of this, the firm refuses to export and delivers every penny of its profits to WaterAid.
A comfier fit
Pants to Poverty has created a social enterprise that is more a cycle of heart-warming gestures. For starters, it only sells clothing that has been created using cotton that is grown and manufactured in India.
Once it has sold these clothes, the firm uses its profits to support farmers, seed banks and fund schools in the Asian country. Then the acquisition of more clothes from India takes place once more.
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