Community Enterprise

A community enterprise is defined as having social and environmental objectives, especially training, aims eventually to become self-financing and is run by local people. Generally, they provide local services to local people; community pubs and cafes, community gardens, managed workspace for instance. Rather than maximising shareholder value, their main aim is to generate profit to further their social and environmental goals. Some examples are below.

Clean Conscience

Clean Conscience is a recycling social enterprise with charitable purposes. It collects soaps and other toiletries from major hotel and hospitality venues to repackage and repurpose for use by a number of local causes and overseas charities.  It works closely with local organisations and companies who volunteer their time to help.  Founded in 2015 by Gwen Powell, its operational HQ is based near Maidenhead. Check for opening hours to buy recycled toiletries. 

Greenham Common Trust

Owned and managed by Greenham Trust, New Greenham Park is a thriving 61-hectare (150-acre) business park near Newbury, Berkshire. Close to the borders of West Berkshire and Hampshire, it offers a selection of commercial property in the heart of the Thames Valley, one of Europe’s leading business regions.

New Greenham Park is located on the former Greenham Common Airbase near Newbury in Berkshire and has a mixture of large and small offices, high-tech units and properties suitable for research and development, warehousing and distribution property, light industrial units, small nursery/starter units and larger accommodation suitable for heavy manufacturing.
With a comprehensive range of amenities, a dedicated network of business support and a committed and pro-active approach to the green agenda, New Greenham Park is an ideal business location.

Maidenhead Energy

Maidenhead Energy co-operative give local investors the opportunity to support local energy projects. For further information visit https://www.maidenergy.coop/

Reading Hydro CBS

Reading Hydro Community Benefit Society was set up as a community enterprise to harness the power of the River Thames for the benefit of the local community. The turbines were commissioned in August 2021 and are now providing clean, sustainable energy to Reading.  Reading Hydro CBS 

Windsor Ascot Maidenhead Community Land Trust

One of a nation-wide network, Windsor, Ascot & Maidenhead Land Trust is a community-led housing initiative that works in partnership with local government and other parties to build affordable housing. Community involvement is key to any development scheme.