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Hope Enterprises – a vibrant local social enterprise doing good in Northamptonshire

Hope Enterprises: using business to improve society and the lives of individuals in need

Hope Enterprises Community Interest Company or CiC, offers training and work opportunities in a range of small businesses, to people affected by homelessness, drugs, alcohol, poverty, mental health and other disadvantage.

We work within Northamptonshire in the UK. We are part of the Hope group alongside our parent Charity, the Northampton Hope Centre Charity, which has been providing help to people in acute need since 1974.

We have been re-accredited for a further 3 years from Dec 2019 by the Social Enterprise Quality Mark

What we do

We run a range of businesses to provide opportunity for our clients and to raise funds, all profits from which are re-invested into the company or the parent charity. These include:

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Latest News


14/5/20:  Hope Catering is devoted to cooking up to 100 hot meals a day, seven days a week, to feed homeless people staying in hotels during the lockdown. No commercial catering is available

Hope Foodclub remains open, and is seeing 3x its normal customers, working by home delivery of FREE food to people without much money or vulnerable across it's areas of operation.

Our gardening project is open as usual, growing food for people in need.

We continue to need donations of food and money, and volunteers to keep these services open.

Check our parent charities appeal page at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/helphopeor ring 01604214300 if you can help

Hope's other social enterprises are now closed to the public


HE has been re-accredited by the Social Mark in Dec 2019 for a further period in recognition of our excellence as a social enterprise!

Our CEO is now chairing the meetings of Northampton Social Enterprise Town, a new multi-agency project, closely linked to the University of Northampton, to promote social enterprise as a business model locally.

Our charity shop needs a new home!. The landlords plan to turn it into flats and two shops, so we need another location, in Northampton Town Centre or areas like Kingsthorpe and Wellingborough Road - does anybody have knowledge of any suitable properties or have a shop available? Contact Hope via 01604214300

Keeping in touch:

The best way to keep in touch with Hope Enterprises is through social media. Hope Enterprises has its own twitter page (@EnterprisesHope) and shares a Facebook page with the Northampton Hope Centre as well as joint accounts on Instagram, Linked In, You tube

You can watch a film about our parent charity and some of Hope Enterprises work here

Our Philosophy

Read about our vision of social enterprise and the pathway from Hope Centre into Hope Enterprises. We believe a social enterprise should not just be about profit, but should:

  • Benefit individuals who work within it to offer them training, opportunities and support
  • Benefit the wider community, especially people in need, by producing something valuable or socially useful
  • Be produced in such a way that benefits society (including the environment)

Research/Literature about Hope Enterprise's work and social enterprise generally

Funding: We are funded by a mixture of sales, contracts, grants, donations and training income. If you want to donate directly to support Hope Enterprises, or want to invest in Hope Enterprises, please contact us. You can donate to our parent charity, Hope, here

For information about Hope's governance, read here

For our most recent accounts, click here

Hope Enterprises' Patron: Adam Gray, Chef: website