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 the award-winning Beyond Business programme.
Every year, successful candidates receive intensive support in business planning as well as training and expert advice through the Beyond Business College, which is run by volunteers from across Investec. These entrepreneurs also receive funding of up to £17,000 each, to launch their new enterprises.
The rolling success rate of these social enterprises is 82%, when the national average is 50%.
Investec also launched four additional successful businesses since 2008, when we were a junior partner in the programme.
Investec is crowned Business of the Year at the Business Charity Awards, as well as winning the award for Community Impact.
Winners of Business in the Community's Experian Building Stronger Communities Award for our Beyond Business programme.
Investec won the National CSR Award in 2017 for Beyond Business, in the Best Community (Legacy) Project category.
The Bromley by Bow Centre won the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award for its partnership with Investec, announced on City Giving Day in 2017.
In their words
Beyond Business entrepreneurs share their inspiring stories and community impact.
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”.
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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.