BENISI Partners With Business In The Community To Scale Social Innovation In The UK
23 May 2014 - Will Cardy

Impact Hub King’s Cross partners with Business in the Community’s (BITC) flagship social enterprise support initiative, arc, to support social innovations that plan to scale in the UK through the BENISI programme. Social enterprises from the UK and other European countries will be able to benefit from the arc programme as a scaling pathway.

“We are proud to announce that arc will be part of the SIAN, the Social Innovation Ambassador Network, made up of 50 organisations across the EU working to scale enterprises and strengthen the scaling infrastructure of Europe – Alberto Masetti-Zannini, Impact Hub BENISI Lead.

The new partnership will allow for a more expanded network and better links between the two programmes, arc and BENISI. A selected number of social enterprises hoping to scale to the UK will be able to apply to get access to business support services offered through arc.

“We are excited by this partnership with BENISI to support social innovations from EU countries spread their impact to the UK. arc has a proven track record in supporting social enterprises to grow and look forward to using this support network to help BENISI social innovations.” Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director, Business in the Community

arc will also be able to refer social enterprises on arc who are interested in expanding to other European counties to the BENISI programme.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Maria Trindade at 0207 841 3450 or email at [email protected].



Consortium brings together 12 organisations from 7 countries and is led by i-propeller.

For more information about Business in the Community or arc contact Ochuko Adekoya, Head of Media, Business in the Community on 0207 566 8758 or [email protected] OR Cassia Weaver, Development Manager, Business in the Community 020 7148 6735 or [email protected]

arc provides a comprehensive support service to help social enterprises grow and create jobs, connecting them to business expertise, access to finance and supply chain opportunities. arc is supporting social enterprises to create jobs for deprived communities, and will help create 1000 jobs in the Olympic Host Boroughs by 2015 and a further 1000 jobs in West London by 2016. arc is led and funded by our corporate partners, and the founding partners are BP, Deloitte and Visa Europe. See more at:


Business in the Community is a business-led charity committed to shaping a new contract between business and society.  We have over 30 years’ experience forging better relationships between business and society, driven by a unique collaboration of business leaders. We stimulate action by challenging and supporting thousands of businesses to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future – through our local, national and international campaigns.

Business in the Community is one of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is president.