The mission of Grace Enterprises is to grow a network of sustainable, commercially competitive and socially responsible businesses that help reduce long-term unemployment and poverty in Nottingham and beyond.
We create supportive, paid jobs for people who face significant barriers to work. Our teams include ex-offenders, ex-homeless, ex-addicts, people who have suffered domestic abuse and those with physical and mental health challenges.
The first business we started was Radiant Cleaners, a multi award-winning and pioneering Social Enterprise cleaning company. Along the way it has employed over 65 people, paying everyone the real Living Wage, and it has won the support of major corporate clients who believe in our mission and have seen us deliver a consistent quality service.
Cleaning is not the answer for everyone though. The Grace Enterprises vision has always been to have multiple businesses with the same ethos and values. Our future ventures will provide different kinds of employment opportunities, to help those people whom Radiant Cleaners cannot.
"In my life I've been abused, suffered domestic violence and been isolated. I had no qualifications and thought 'what's the point of life?' Now I've got a job my life is a lot better, I'm not isolated, I have the chance to get out and meet different people. It makes me feel a lot better. I feel like someone again. My confidence is a lot better, I'm more positive, I've got more hope."
Sarah, one of the first Radiant Cleaners employees and a positive role-model
New for 2022, the second Grace Enterprises business! It provides marquee hire and event management services.
Excellent events providing employment and delivered in an ethical way.
Meet The Trustees
Phil has a lifetime of experience in logistics and company management. He is the chair of trustees and is also a founding member of Grace Church.
Selina has worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau for many years. She brings a depth of knowledge, experience and strategic insight to our employee support.
As head of operations at the Nottingham Business School, Loyin brings a wealth of practical and logistical experience. She helps to refine our systems as we keep growing and reaching new areas of business.
Dr Graham Bowpitt is a part time lecturer in Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University. He has a particular interest in helping the homeless, and is also a trustee of a Nottingham homelessness charity.
Working for Rolls Royce in change and project management, Jeremy has a wide range of experience. His focus is in helping to evaluate new opportunities and developing potential business plans.
Duncan is a trained architect, a trustee for a sailing charity and is widely involved in the Navigators and Reach Church in Nottingham. He is a great connector and helps us to develop Radiant Cleaners & evaluate new business ideas.
Meet The Staff Team
With the skills and experience of running a company prior to having children, Annie is now in charge of marketing, websites, systems, business development... and so much more!
Sam co-ordinates our employee support. A former GP with a heart for people, she helps us place new employees in the right roles and support them once they’re working.
With a degree in music and 5 years’ experience organising large international events, Roger brings a varied skill set to the team. He loves processes and systems, but also has a passion for people.
Cristina has been with Grace Enterprises since the very beginning. Having previously worked for Radiant Cleaners she is now in charge of the office, and deals with all things administrative and financial.
How Grace Enterprises Works
We create jobs for people who face major barriers to work including homelessness, ex-offenders, ex-addicts and people with physical and mental health difficulties.
We create jobs in sustainable and growing businesses that provide high quality services and pay everyone at least the real Living Wage.
A GE job is more than just a job. We offer holistic support through regular reviews, signposting and optional mentoring & coaching for all employees.
As well as seeing people thrive we measure our impact. We have statistics to show how lives are changed & social value and impact are created.
It works, so people notice! As a pioneering organisation we play an active role in helping to change systemic issues in Nottingham & beyond.
We believe we will make a more significant and sustainable impact in society by working with individuals and organisations with similar values.
"It's been fantastic. I never thought I'd get a job... this has given me purpose in my life, and I feel much better in myself, in terms of mental health. I feel uplifted."
Karen, aged 58, Radiant Cleaners employee
Grace Enterprises only works because God is at the centre. We believe in the power of prayer and are encouraged to know that people hold us, our team and those we support in their prayers.
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