Changing lives through social entrepreneurship
Biblically it seems clear: our good work matters to God.
Good work is something he gave us to help cultivate creation (Genesis 1) – and the gospel is good news to people who are poor and oppressed (Luke 4). But how often do we connect these two?
Good work has intrinsic worth, helping others to thrive through the products and services we deliver. It can also generate the funds we share with vulnerable communities. And for some, work is the very means to participate in Jesus’ mission to love our neighbours. Social entrepreneurs are among these people: keenly aware of the brokenness of our world and using their creative gifts and business skills to do something about it, in God’s strength.
In this evening event, co-sponsored by LICC and Christian Aid’s Salt Business Network, we explore a biblical vision for social entrepreneurship, and flesh that out through two live case studies. We’ll hear from Matt Parfitt, founder of Radiant Cleaners, about overcoming the barriers to employment that many face, and from Grant Smith, Chief Executive of Hand in Hand Group, about his unique approach to the construction industry, expressed so well in his recent book: 'The Accidental Social Entrepreneur'.
About the speakers
- Grant is a quantity surveyor who has worked with international construction companies and managed his own consultancy practice in the UK for over 30 years. Grant is now the Chief Executive of Hand in Hand Group and a director of a Kenyan construction company. He is professionally and personally committed to creating a commercial response to poverty. Grant is the chair of Hand in Hand Foundation, is married to Sue and has three grown-up children.
- Matt was a primary school teacher in Nottingham before giving it up to start a gardening business which provided jobs for people who had been long-term unemployed. In 2017, with the support of Grace Church Nottingham, he founded Grace Enterprises. This initiative aspires to be a network of commercially competitive and socially-responsible businesses that provide employment opportunities to those that would ordinarily struggle to get work. The first of these businesses is Radiant Cleaners – an award-winning social enterprise cleaning company that employs people who have been in prison, homeless, suffered domestic abuse, or struggled with addictions. Matt is part of Grace Church Nottingham, is married to Samantha, and has three small children.