Ethical Business Exchange

Ethical Business Exchange (EBE) is a social enterprise established as a vehicle to create programmes, projects and services for social good. We develop business, social innovation, community and CSR related projects with a wide range of collaborators, including local communities, social entrepreneurs, and public agencies and for profit businesses that also share our social purpose.

Who we are...

Chris Shaw


With 30 years’ experience in community development, urban regeneration and local economic development, Chris has a wealth of knowledge about the way communities work and function.

He has worked in the private, public and community sectors including with local authorities and national charities, as well as at the ‘grassroots level’ with small organisations.

Chris is passionate about putting local communities in the lead to advance their self-defined goals and has a knack of raising resources and income to help them do just that.

For the record he’s also a bit of a Leicester City fan and the father of a four year old son. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Social Value UK and the Institute of Fundraising

Lisa Capell


With an admirable 20 year record of success in the private and voluntary sectors, Lisa is a people person who thrives on building partnerships and making them work effectively.

She is a passionate advocate for equality, fairness and the needs of young people.

As a marketer and fundraiser, she also has the knack of creating compelling narratives to tell the stories that win hearts, minds and money.

She is also a Mum and a major film buff.

What we do...

Based in Leicestershire, our aim is to develop innovative community projects with like-minded organisations. We have specific expertise in the areas of community development, social innovation and corporate responsibility.

Our Values

We work to a set of values that describe who we are and how we operate:

  • We’re open and honest and tell it like it is. If we don’t think something will work, we’ll say so.

  • We believe in equality and fairness and we like level playing fields. Hierarchies are for organisations and people that don’t like to be challenged. We think challenge is good.

  • We believe in the term ‘a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay’. We won’t rip you off and we expect to be treated likewise.

  • We’re aspirational, we enjoy innovation and change. Standing still is not an option.

  • We want to give back, that’s why we’ve set up EBE – and we’ll go the extra mile to make that happen.

Our Projects

Think CSR

Think CSR will offer a consultancy service to businesses to create or enhance CSR plans and match them with community based organisations to build mutually beneficial partnerships. It will provide ongoing support to refine and enhance each partnership established and evaluate impact and outcomes for both parties. Launching in November 2019. Watch out for

CSR Research

Subject to final approval, we will be working with De Montfort University’s Institute of Applied Economics and Social Value to undertake research to assess the level of understanding and application of business led social responsibility strategies in Leicester and Leicestershire. We aim to report on our findings in late autumn.


Leicester Giving Day

We are in the early stages of planning the first Leicester Giving Day (working title ‘Leicester and Leicestershire Gives’) to be held for the first time in 2020. We will be encouraging businesses in the city and county to showcase their work with charities and community organisations and to encourage others to do likewise.


#MIC Music Industry Calling

We are partnering with Echo Works CiC and HQ Can to deliver an introduction to the music industry course for young people in Leicester. Funded by the Youth Music Foundation, EBE will deliver some of the business start-up training along with conducting an evaluation of the project.   

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Ready to find out more?

Do you have an idea which requires a collaborative partner with a track record in funding acquisition? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Our interests lie across a broad spectrum of activity, but we’re especially keen to focus our efforts on the following areas of activity:

  • Youth led services (getting young people involved in developing innovative ideas for new types of services or support programmes)

  • Capacity building local communities to help them develop the skills to become more resilient

  • Measuring impact and outcomes – we are keen to explore new ways to measure the positive benefits achieved through project delivery

  • Programmes or projects linked to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • Company led social responsibility plans (companywide CSR plans or corporate partnership programmes)

  • Business start-up for ethical business and supporting social entrepreneurs