Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Social enterprise Business against Poverty joins forces with Inspire

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Bill HuxleyBusiness against Poverty has teamed up with Inspire – formerly Wessex Chambers of Commerce - to strengthen support for business growth within the region.

Both organisations offer opportunities for businesses to meet through networking opportunities and high quality seminars, many of which are subsidised or offered free of charge.

What sets this partnership apart is its focus on sustainable business practice. Business against Poverty (BaP) is a business enterprise that drives: profitable, ethical and sustainable growth for the benefit of its members and society.

Its memers come from across the south west and London and membership is growing rapidly. Its funds support the humanitarian work of the Wiltshire-based charity People against Poverty.

Bill Huxley, director of BaP said: “As the economic climate evolves, businesses are increasingly required to demonstrate their focus on social purpose, corporate social responsibility and ethical practice.

“This new relationship with Inspire shows this in action. Our accreditation kite-mark differentiates our members from their competitors; it says something significant about who they are and their business values.”

Many businesses support a charity and as these decisions can be difficult, it often results in piecemeal support or no effective support at all. Business against Poverty is unique in leading the way as an ethical social enterprise for the UK business community.

Through membership of Business against Poverty, members receive:

  • Ready-made corporate social responsibility statements which help companies align their values and aspirations with ethical business practice.
  • An accredited kite-mark which is the BaP logo which is becoming recognised as a symbol of trust and alignment with strong community values and support.
  • Investment in many poverty relief projects, run by BaP’s front-line charity People against Poverty, at home in Wiltshire and internationally in areas of extreme need.

The future is also bright for Inspire and the local business community with substantial funds being injected from European sources in 2016. As part of this, local business strategies will be expected to contain an ethical policy and this is where Business against Poverty will be able to help.

Elaine Harvey, head of client relationships at Inspire, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Business against Poverty to work with local businesses looking to grow and contribute to both the local and global economy.

“There is so much support available, both ethical and practical. Inspire and BaP have a wealth of expertise on offer.”

Expertise on marketing, accounting, strategy and legal advice is also available through the Inspire Team. If you would like to find out more call 01225 355553 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.