Saturday 14 October sees the return of Social Saturday, an initiative to help raise awareness of social enterprises and encourage the general public and businesses to buy from them.  As part of the campaign, StartUp Croydon and Croydon Council are celebrating with a dedicate Social Enterprise Marketplace in the heart of the Whitgift Centre.

Social entrepreneurs will have units in the shopping centre to showcase the work they are doing and includes some of the budding social entrepreneurs getting support from our SEEK programme. In the run up to the event we wanted to introduce the individuals from Croydon and Brighton who are exploring ideas to make change happen in the coast to capital area.


Interconnected Skills and Values have a vision to bring about stronger communities through connected skills. They aim to bring together older people with skills and experiences to pass on to younger people and children. They also provide digital skills training to older people and disadvantaged adults using young volunteers as digital buddies. Lastly it shall also provide opportunities for people to come together through community events and activities such as community gardening and other community projects.


DigiWorksUK is a social enterprise that helps unemployed digital IT professionals as well as young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), that are highly skilled in IT but need to secure apprenticeships, internships or employment opportunities in the digital IT industry. This includes finding and providing guaranteed opportunities with work experience to prove that they want the opportunity, are capable and understand the commercial requirements for that opportunity.


Includeon is a London-based tech startup developing a virtual employment platform accessible to remote workers with disabilities. Their mission is to make the Internet economy and remote working and hiring fairer by bringing together best HR and Occupational Health practices, accessible design and artificial intelligence to create inclusive and an easy-to-use virtual work ecosystem.  


Inspired by the poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” by poet and recording artist 2Pac, Kevani Aboagye’s vision for his social enterprise Concrete Rose is to provide mainstream arts and music events to enable disengaged young people to gain event management skills and also plans to provide a fund to support young people with their own projects.


Thoughts of Success provides young offenders with a range of services including training workshops and mentoring opportunities to help them to build their selfesteem to enable them to achieve their potential.


Award winning cake artist and mother of two young adults on the autistic spectrum, Felicia Higgins from sCrumbtious Kakes came up with the concept of using her skills for producing baked goods and novelty cakes to set up a social enterprise which aims to provide opportunities for work experience and employment for young people on the autistic spectrum whilst also promoting autism awareness. For more information email


Youth Journal Publishing Network works to empower young people through raising their awareness of the benefits of involvement and engagement in local issues and education of the importance of the youth voice in politics to enable them to contribute to and shape local policies.



Iambarfit is a bodyweight movement enterprise supporting young people to learn about using their own body and environment to maintain a healthy mind and body though street workout calisthenics. Follow their journey and Instagram and Facebook.


Music Matters, a social enterprise founded by Nicolae Vulpae, a seasoned musician, will bring some music into the lives of the 50+ who are suffering in isolation and those with dementia. Nicolae is developing music classes and workshops that makes everyone a musician including singing, use of instruments, music history and appreciation.


Brighton Pound aims to see local capital being spent and retained in the local community in support of Brighton’s vibrant independent sector. For more information email


MaryGold Dinner With a Difference is an exciting new venture bringing vegan and vegetarian food at pop ups, lunch boxes at meditation courses,
private dining in your own home and catering for small events. The profits will be channelled through to MaryGold Grows a programme that allows
individuals who have experienced mental health issues to develop the skills of planting, nurturing and harvesting organic produce.

The Project Dollhouse creates a platform for individuals suffering with dementia to awaken their memories. Offering in-house workshops for dementia care-homes and organisations supporting individuals with dementia, the team support the participants in decorating individual dollhouses to reconnect them with treasured memories. For more information email


Just Pop Up is a pop-up kitchen that hosts pop-up food events in a range of venues across Brighton & Hove. As well as the food events we are hosting a series of talks, both educational and fun! Talks will range from topics such as organics and sustainability to biodynamics and biodiversity. Profits raised from the events go towards supporting people with mental health problems by teaching fun, engaging and educational cookery workshops that encourage people to be more engaged in the community and more connected with food and it’s natural origins.

Follow their journey on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Edit Sweet is a film production company who design and tailor bespoke film production packages. 100% of the profits are reinvested into helping
recovering addicts sustain a healthy, active recovery through film production.





Come on over to Croydon to meet the social entrepreneurs and help raise awareness of doing business for good.

Where: The Whitgift Centre, Units opposite Millie’s Cookies, Croydon

Date: Saturday 14th September

Time: There are activities taking place from 10am till 4pm.

Who: If you are interested to learn how people are using business to make an impact in society – you won’t want to miss this!