Goodwill Solutions CIC (Community Interest Company) is a warehousing and logistics company backed by UnLtd that supports disadvantaged groups towards employment. It is also one of Europe's fastest growing businesses according to the FT1000 list.
Founded by Mike Britton and Graham Tomkins in 2008, Goodwill Solutions CIC provides job opportunities in the logistics sector for long-term unemployed people, disabled people and ex-offenders.
This month Goodwill Solutions were announced as part of the FT1000 list, a listing of the fastest growing companies in Europe. The Financial Times describes these companies as the driving force of the European economy in the 21st century. They generate jobs and sustain Europe's competitiveness.
Mike Britton, said "I am delighted that Goodwill Solutions CIC has been recognised through this award. It is really unexpected and I would like to thank our customers, the University of Northampton, the judges, and our service users for helping us to achieve recognition for our innovative social
Goodwill Solution's model is simple. The revenue stream from the commercial business funds Goodwills social mission, enabling them to run their flagship Back to Work programme. Alongside this, Goodwill Solutions also runs a learning academy and manages Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre. The centre provides education, training and social activities to the Rixon ward in Wellingborough. They have also supported Northampton Borough Council in the opening of a new Night Shelter launched to tackle rough sleeping in the local area.
In 2013, Goodwill Solutions took part in UnLtd's Big Venture Challenge programme. They received 12 months of intensive support to get their venture ready for growth and help them to scale up their impact.
"The Big Venture Challenge has made us people that investors want to work with. We have been able to short-circuit the hunt for investors and speak to the right people in the organisation."(Mike Britton, founder and CEO).
Over the last four years, Goodwill Solutions CIC has supported more than 400 clients through its programmes, resulting in more than 300 gaining paid employment. In 2012, the University of Northampton joined the business as stakeholders thanks to a shared ethos of creating a positive impact on society.
To date they value their social impact at more than £6 Million. The company also runs various commercial ventures that have resulted in a turnover of £7.5 Million. Goodwill Solutions locked in their mission by choosing to be a Community Interest Company. Find out more about Community Interest Companies and other legal structures for your social venture.
As one of the fastest growing businesses in Europe and a social venture creating incredible impact, Goodwill Solutions is leading the way in showing that social entrepreneurs can create social and economic value lockstep.
I joined UnLtd in 2016 after previously working in China and for a UK government backed scheme to help people start their own business. I’m focussed on spreading the achievements of social entrepreneurs and sharing UnLtd’s stories. I want to see pragmatic responses to challenges facing society.
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