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 and for a wide spectrum of clients.
With a track record in grant acquisition to kick start new initiatives, EBE will work with collaborative partners that share our values to help improve local communities and communities of interest.
If you would like to engage us to undertake work on your behalf or if you want to partner with us, get in touch.
Who we are...
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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 www.thinkcsr.com
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.
EBE is delighted to have been procured by DeMontfort University to help it develop a local civic university agreement (CUA). EBE’s role will involve local consultation with representatives from the community and voluntary organisations. The concept of the CUA has been developed by the UPP Foundation following a Civic University Commission programme which reviewed the …Read More
Cracking week business planning with this very talented group of young musicians. Pretty sure each will become a familiar face one day. We’re working in partnership with@HQRecording thanks to funding from @youthmusic #MIC Music Industry Calling.Read More
EBE is joining forces with local music projects HQ Familia and Echo Factory (working with their social enterprise arms, Echo Works CiC and HQ Can) to deliver a Youth Music Foundation funded project entitled #MIC Music Industry Calling. The project aims to help disengaged young people who have a musical skill, to get into the …Read More
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