Monday November 23, 2020

The challenging business of social enterprise

It employs up to 33,000 people, but finding funding can be tricky for ventures that are neither charities nor ordinary businesses

24th April, 2016
Michael Kelly, founder of Grow It Yourself, with Nicky and Vika Kelly Picture: Patrick Browne

In 2008, Michael Kelly gave up his job in IT to start a food growing community to promote health and wellness in Waterford.

By 2009, he had started Grow It Yourself (GIY), a social enterprise that helps more than 150,000 people and 5,500 community food projects, schools and workplaces to grow their own food in Ireland and Britain.

This September, it is opening GROW HQ, its 4,000 square foot national food education centre in Ardkeen, Waterford. The centre will...

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