Social Enterprise Place

We have produced the following video as part of our local town’s application to be listed as a ‘Social Enterprise Place’ – a national scheme recognising places which are a hub of social enterprise activity.

Who’s Bettering Kettering? An Introduction to Social Enterprises in Our Town

What does one of the UK’s best-known leisure parks have in common with a retail crime initiative, a walk-to-school organisation and a theatre group for young adults with autism? Meet nine social enterprises from Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK… providing a wide variety of benefits for their own community and beyond.

These not-for-profit businesses all are driven by social or environmental aims. Some are also charities but they all have their own income streams… from providing a service, renting out property or selling products. Some started up elsewhere in Northamptonshire – but all have a base in Kettering now.

This video gives you an introduction but look out for our forthcoming series of short videos featuring more about each social enterprise you meet here.

Produced by Julia Holland, an A level media student, for Brightkidz social enterprise as part of the town’s application to be recognised as a ‘Social Enterprise Place’ – a hotspot of social enterprise activity. Video released to coincide with Buy Social Week in October 2019.

The Story Behind the Video

  • Brightkidz is based in Kettering, Northamptonshire and, as part of our work promoting the local community and social enterprise in general, we are leading the town’s application for the Social Enterprise Place scheme.
  • The scheme is run by Social Enterprise UK and is designed to highlight the value of not-for-profit, mission-led businesses and the benefits they bring to a place.
  • As part of the scheme we have joined together with other social enterprises in our town to design an action plan which includes collaboration between social enterprises in the town to promote the benefits to all.
  • We produced the video to highlight some of the social enterprises in our town. We will shortly be publishing a series of additional videos each featuring these and other Kettering social enterprises in more detail which we will promote here and through our social media channels.

What Does it Mean to be a Social Enterprise?

  • Social or environmental purpose
  • At least 50% of income is earned through trading
  • Profits are ploughed back to support their aims

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