Social enterprise


By Simon Dresner on 19th July 2013
Found in: Case Studies

Award: Winner of the 2013 Ashden International Gold Award.

Where: SolarAid is a London-based international charity that provides access to solar lights. It currently works in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Aim: SolarAid’s ambitious aim is to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020. It has distributed over 550,000 solar lights so far.


By SDRN on 14th February 2013
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: Pool, Cornwall

AIM: To deliver an inspiring, low carbon, sustainable community development which is accessible to all and which celebrates and enriches understanding of the local culture, heritage and natural environment.

Eden Solarfair

By SDRN on 14th February 2013
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: St Austell, Cornwall

AIM: To demonstrate that renewable energy can be of financial benefit to people who cannot afford to install solar PV panels on their own roofs.


By SDRN on 15th August 2012
Found in: Case Studies
Spice is a social enterprise focused on the use of time-credits as a means for facilitating the inclusive delivery of mainstream public and community services. Initially established as the Institute for Community Currencies at the University of Wales, primarily working in the Welsh Valleys, the initiative has since expanded, along with their sister organisation, ‘Timebanking Wales’. The decline in the mining industry across South Wales resulted in the exclusion of many individuals and communities from the market economy, leading to widespread disengagement, weakened social capital and growing social problems. The Spice initiative aims to rebuild the relationship between such communities and agencies. Agencies encourage community members to actively deliver community services, run community cafes, transfer learning, run support groups, after-school clubs, bingo nights and comedy events etc; every hour ‘donated’ by an individual to such activities is an hour which can be used to access other community events, trips and services of personal salience.

Brixton Remade

By SDRN on 3rd May 2012
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: Brixton, London.

AIM: To promote local waste reduction, reuse and recycling; to develop skills of remaking and repair important for the creation of local green enterprises and sustainable employment.

Back 2 Earth

By SDRN on 22nd April 2012
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: Tottenham, London.

AIM: To transform local people’s lives by enabling engagement with, and productive use of, the immediate environment.

BACKGROUND: Back2Earth (B2E) began life in 2004 as a local community regeneration and environmental charity, developing a programme of environmental volunteering (particularly around local community food production) and green skills training projects, mainly for marginalised and disadvantaged residents.

STATUS: Ongoing.


Hill Holt Wood

By SDRN on 29th February 2012
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: 34-acre deciduous woodland situated on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border.

AIM: To manage an environmentally sustainable community woodland, run a locally-valued and economically-viable social enterprise, share experiences and learning, and to be a responsible employer.

Eostre Organics

By SDRN on 11th November 2011
Found in: Case Studies

LOCATION: East Anglia

AIM: To build a fair, ecological and cooperative food system, providing a source of sustainable livelihoods and business viability for small local organic producers in response to a decline in rural farm employment and competition from international markets.