Community engagement and investment platform Neighbourly has announced a move to a new base at Bristol's Engine Shed following another successful funding round that will further accelerate the growth of the business.
Employing 80 people, Neighbourly was set up in 2014 as the first solution of its kind, with the aim of connecting businesses with local vetted good causes across the UK and Ireland to make a positive and measurable impact in communities through the donation of volunteer time, financial support and surplus products.
The platform supports over 20,000 local charities and community causes and partners with businesses including M&S, Lidl, Sainsbury's, RSA Insurance, B&Q, Samsung and Virgin Media 02, and most recently announced its partnership with Getir on the rollout of their product surplus redistribution programme.
This latest investment led by Guinness Ventures into one of the UK’s founding B Corporations follows a period of sustained strong growth and will help expand the team, accelerating both brand and product development.
The move to Engine Shed marks a return to where it all began for Neighbourly when it was part of the SETsquared tech incubator during its startup phase.
Steve Butterworth, CEO at Neighbourly said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Engine Shed as our new base. It’s a dynamic and exciting space where the team can grow and connect as we adapt to new ways of working.
“The move puts us at the heart of innovation in the South West region, amongst other start-up and scale-up tech businesses and entrepreneurs in the tech for good space.
“The last few years have been incredibly tough for local communities and businesses alike. For Neighbourly to have been able to grow a technology solution that’s helped organisations have a positive impact at a local level during this time is testament to a changing world in which being a successful business is being one that is a force for good.”