Supporting extraordinary entrepreneurs

Our social enterprise incubator

Our roots are based in the spirit of entrepreneurship, and we’re proud to support budding entrepreneurs who want to make a sustainable, positive impact in the local community. We do this through our award-winning Beyond Business programme.

Beyond Business

Beyond Business is a social enterprise incubation programme which we run in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre. It aims to help promising entrepreneurs who are committed to creating sustainable, profit-making businesses which also generate social outcomes. The programme operates in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney.
Every year, successful candidates receive intensive support in business planning as well as training and expert advice through our Beyond Business College, which is run by volunteers from across Investec’s business.  These entrepreneurs also receive funding of up to £17,000 each, to launch their new enterprises.
To date Beyond Business has led to the development of 67 social enterprises with a combined annual turnover in excess of £5 million. Since we became the sole funder of the programme in 2011, 90% of supported enterprises go on to trade beyond their third year, compared to the national average of 50%. These enterprises have also created more than 350 jobs to date, which promotes the development of their surrounding areas. 

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In their words

Some of the social entrepreneurs supported by our Beyond Business programme share their inspiring stories.

Ruth Rogers, founder of The Canvas Cafe

Ruth discusses where her idea for The Canvas Cafe came from and her journey to launching it through the Investec Beyond Business programme.

Visit the Canvas Cafe

Ruth Rogers, founder of The Canvas Cafe

Ruth discusses where her idea for The Canvas Cafe came from and her journey to launching it through the Investec Beyond Business programme.

Visit the Canvas Cafe

Elroy Powell, founder of Diverse Music Solutions

Elroy ‘Spoonface’ Powell talks about his social enterprise: “One agency, one project, one song, feed a hundred smiling children. It’s that simple”.

Find out more about Diverse Music Solutions


Investec wins Business of the Year - Business Charity Awards

Investec is crowned Business of the Year at the Business Charity Awards, as well as winning the award for Community Impact.

Investec Business in the Community award

Winners of Business in the Community's Experian Building Stronger Communities Award for our Beyond Business programme.

National CSR Awards 2017 winner

Investec won the National CSR Award in 2017 for Beyond Business, in the Best Community (Legacy) Project category.

Beyond Business awarded the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards

The Bromley by Bow Centre won the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award for its partnership with Investec, announced on City Giving Day in 2017.

Do you have an idea for a new social enterprise?

Project grants for charities

Apart from our partner organisations, we also support small to medium charities through small project grants.  If you represent a charity that works in our focus areas – education, entrepreneurship and/ or environment – and is local to one of our offices, you can read the full criteria below to find out more, and get in touch.

Get in touch

Susie Steyn

Corporate Responsibility - Community

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Corporate responsibility in action booklet

Corporate responsibility in action

Find out more about our activities

This booklet highlights some of the corporate responsibility projects that we support in the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Switzerland, and the success stories behind them.