Social Entrepreneur


Common Cause is a charity that helps financially disadvantaged people in the UK to meet their own needs through self-employment and enterprise.

We do this by connecting them to the funding, advice and resources they need to create successful businesses to support themselves and others.

The people we work with are unable to access formal employment for at least one of the following reasons:

- They have been homeless

- They are an ex-offender

- They are registered disabled

- They have a chronic illness

- They are a carer

- They are aged 16-25 and either fulfil one of the above criteria, or have been unable to complete formal education

Since we were founded in 2012, we have supported over 150 people to set up businesses and work towards financial independence.

In 2014:

- 100% of beneficiaries told us they had received the moral support they needed.

- 98% of beneficiaries told us they had received the knowledge they needed. 

- 84% of beneficiaries told us they had received the contacts and leads they needed.

Listen to Aroon explain what they do at Common Cause and where they'll be in five years time, in this short video.


Here Aroon shares her top tip for other social entrepreneurs to help make sure that they get the most they can out of their Expert Impact session.


Julia Groves

Julia Groves

Trillion Fund

Since co-founding in 1994, Julia has led a series of start ups in the digital and environmental sectors, inc...

Julia was a great match

She understood the needs of the organisation well and was able to give valuable advice about the areas we need help with.


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