As shops shut for good and historic buildings lie vacant – while local authorities remain strapped for cash – a new breed of ‘social enterprise developers’ is helping to repair, restore and convert properties into sustainable new uses.
The Architectural Heritage Fund CEO on why its remit now goes beyond solely heritage-focused organisations – and the vital role that social enterprises can play in rebuilding the community fabric of our towns.
Two organisations have teamed up to help the residents of Melkhoutfontein upcycle waste into sought-after products – helping them generate an income, clean up the environment, and even tap into a part-forgotten cultural heritage.
Plus: Bridges raises £35m for second social outcomes fund, Palladium's first impact fund targets $40m for African small businesses, Scotland's first community-owned school building and impactful chocolate in Indonesia...
This week hundreds of social innovators will congregate in Mexico for the next Opportunity Collaboration gathering. At last year's event Pioneers Post's founding editor Tim West caught up with Tunisian social pioneer Leila Ben-Gacem.