The First ASSETS Programme Cohort Revealed
31 July 2021 - kingscross

ASSETS (Assisting Social Enterprises to Succeed) is an innovative business support programme for social enterprises in the construction industry supply chain who aim to scale their operations and secure larger contracts.

Stemmed from Social Enterprise UK’s Buy Social Corporate Challenge, Impact Hub King’s Cross partnered together with Wates to develop and deliver this new business mentoring programme. The shared goal is to support social or environmental impact-driven suppliers to improve readiness to scale up and successfully compete UK-wide.

Meet the 5 businesses on the 2021 programme:


Connection Crew

A labour based social enterprise, providing crew for various event, logistics and installation jobs within construction, FM, and the TV, film and theatre industry. At least 20% of employees have experienced homelessness.

“We see Wates as a leader in the sector embracing social enterprise, and we see a significant opportunity to grow our customer base across the wider sector with knowledge gained from this programme. Impact Hub also offers a significant network for knowledge exchange which we are keen to embrace. Our social aim is to provide training and gainful employment to those who have had a history of homelessness”



Traco UK

By offering environmental and socially responsible clearance solutions, Traco delivers sustainable workplace furniture and equipment to start-ups which enables them to report on enviromental and social governance statistics and return money back to their clients (partners).

“Our mission to be a truly compelling triple bottom line business: people, planet and profit. People: helping to recruit long term unemployed and creating apprenticeship places. Planet: by reusing and recycling furniture and equipment, keeping goods in use for longer so reducing raw material depletion/mineral extraction. Profit: Being sustainable and self-funding. Using surplus funds to improve our communities and environment.”




A plumbing and heating company that uses its profits from private work to carry out free emergency works for customers who are registered disabled, over 65 and/or in financial need.

“Depher was set up to take the worry away from people who felt they have to choose between heating and eating. A goal for the coming years is to have a Depher in all counties of the UK to help the vulnerable peoples.”




Works with young people providing film and photography services and creative workshops, working on location and in the studio.

“I’m keen to build knowledge and confidence to take on larger clients and bigger projects. Our social impact workshops, bring people together, reduce social isolation and aim to improve general health and wellbeing, alongside up-skilling participants in creative media.”




An award-winning innovative plumbing and gas community interest company that supplies a real customer-focused and driven service, specialising in boiler and full system installation, service and repair. The profit it generates are invested into projects around loneliness and isolation, food and fuel poverty, holistic veteran support and the environment.

“CAFgas delivers warm and safe homes in the community. Revenues are generated through boiler installations, boiler and heating system repairs and maintenance services to keep homes heated by safe and reliable central heating systems. Our social mission is to combat food poverty, isolation and loneliness in the community. This is delivered through the Nanny Biscuit campaign.”


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