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.
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.
In their words
Some of the social entrepreneurs supported by our Beyond Business programme share their inspiring stories.
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 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.
Bromley by Bow won the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award for its partnership with Investec, announced on City Giving Day.
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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.