New social enterprise hub celebrates Bristol history of charity
AN organisation helping social enterprises get off the ground has chosen Bristol as the place to open its first office outside London.
CAN Mezzanine said it chose to expand to Hanover House, near Queen’s Square because of the city’s history of commitment to charity.
The new site will serve as a ‘hub’ for the not-for-profit sector in Bristol and south west England by making available consultancy services and other activities enabling access to funding.
Andrew Croft, Chief Executive of CAN Mezzanine, said: “Bristol has a long and creditable history of charitable activity and is now home to one of the UK’s leading social enterprise sectors.
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"It was an obvious destination for us as the Bristol expansion allows CAN to have a physical hub in the city from which we can extend CAN's other expertise and services for investment and impact consulting to the third sector.
"We look forward to accommodating and working with organisations in Bristol and beyond as they continue to do ‘good’ in their communities.”
CAN Mezzanine has already welcomed seven organisations to its Hanover House site since opening on Wednesday 2 January 2013. One of the first customers to benefit from CAN Mezzanine’s Bristol office space is Social Enterprise Works, a specialist support agency offering business advice, training and consultancy.
Elaine Flint, director of social enterprise works, said: “At Social Enterprise Works we are so pleased to have moved to a great new facility run by a leading social enterprise.
"CAN Mezzanine worked so quickly to create a home for us and a number of other social benefit organisations when we needed to be re-housed at the end of the year.
“We hope that more social enterprises and social ventures will join the community that is being created and I feel confident that there will be opportunities for us all to work together in 2013.”