We started out in 2005 as part of the homelessness charity The Connection at St Martin’s. We employed people who had been homeless in the past, giving them a place in our crew and helping them develop purpose, confidence and independence. Social enterprises were fairly new at the time. But we thought: if we can do great work for great clients and support those people who need it – why wouldn’t we?
Five years later we became a Community Interest Company, or CIC: an organisation that aims to use its profits for good. Since then, we’ve grown eight-fold.
In the last financial year, we employed 25 people who had been homeless in the past. Every team member we’ve ever employed with a history of homelessness has gone on to education or continued employment. We’re delighted that none of them has returned to homelessness.