Enterprise England
Beneficiaries and Benefits Survey

Enterprise England is a company limited by guarantee with charitable objects, which is operated in an enterprise centre at: 2nd Floor at Maidstone House, Maidstone, Kent. Currently, Enterprise England is in the process of applying for registration as a charity with the Charity Commission.

To discover our social outcomes we carried out a ‘Beneficiaries and Benefits Survey’ which was completed by each of the organisations working on the 2nd Floor at Maidstone House. The completed Survey (below) reveals that 82.7% of those working at our enterprise centre qualify as charitable beneficiaries and are receiving charitable benefits in fulfilment of our objects.


Total Workers


Workers who qualify as charitable beneficiaries

Average Percentage Below Market Rate: 26.7%
Average Subsidy per Beneficiary: £51.81
Average Subsidy per Benefit: £21.67

Aged up to 30


Aged 50+




Live a healthier lifestyle


Are good citizens


Receive on-site support


Are encouraged by others


Received business mentoring


Are helped by networking

To view the complete responses from the survey please click here (PDF format)

Beneficiaries and Benefits Survey
Questions We Asked

Please tick any of the categories that apply to your staff member:

Age Group: Up to 30; 30-50; 50+

Gender: Male; Female

  • Apprentice Scheme
  • Re-trained from a previously different role
  • Ex-service man or woman
  • A craft or specialised skill worker
  • A reformed offender
  • Unemployed, short and/or long term, prior to joining your business
Does your staff member fit into any of the following categories?
  • An ethnic minority
  • Suffering from ill-health
  • Have a disability of any kind
  • Any other disadvantage
If appropriate to ask your staff member:
  • Do they have dependents relying on their employment?  If so, how many?
  • Would they suffer financial hardship if they were not employed by you?
By being employed at Maidstone House, are they encouraged to:
  • Live a healthy lifestyle, care for and improve their health and well-being?
  • Be a good citizen and act responsibly within their community?
By working in Maidstone House has your staff member benefitted from:
  • On-site reception or administrative support?
  • Mutual encouragement from others working on-site?
  • Business development advice?
  • Participation in networking events?

Enterprise England
Charitable Objectives

The objects of the charity are, for the public benefit:


The relief of unemployment, in particular but not exclusively unemployment amongst those who are disadvantaged by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, ex-servicemen and women, ex-offenders and craft workers, in such ways as may be thought fit and Including but not limited to:


  • the provision of land and buildings at below market and/or subsidised levels to existing businesses to protect jobs, especially retaining staff and avoiding redundancies when otherwise jobs would be lost, and reduce unemployment or increase job opportunities for the unemployed, and start-up businesses to create new jobs, especially for the long-term unemployed and the disadvantaged, and


  • the provision of advice, training and assistance to unemployed individuals concerning self-employment and to existing businesses to encourage the creation of new jobs for the unemployed, especially the long-term unemployed and the disadvantaged.


The advancement of knowledge, education and training in all aspects of effective small business management, small business support, workspace management, traditional crafts and artisan skills, and social enterprise and its public dissemination, in particular but not limited to thorough research and training in its theory and practical application through work experience through its operation and through general publication.


The advancement of the arts, culture and heritage through the promotion and preservation of traditional crafts and artisan skills and the provision of advice and support to those who practice such crafts and skills.


The promotion of the efficiency and effectiveness of charities and the effective use of resources for charitable purposes, in particular but not limited to through providing support and workspaces, and providing advice and assistance to reduce reliance on donations and diversify income streams.


The advancement of industry, commerce and enterprise in particular but not limited to through training, education, support, workspace, mentoring, advice and assistance which:


  • relieves poverty,
  • relieves unemployment,
  • advances health,
  • advances environmental protection or improvement and sustainable development, and
  • advances citizenship or community development


The support of such other charitable purposes as the Trustees in their discretion think fit, subject to approval by a resolution of the Members.

Enterprise England
Background to Objects


After researching the needs of the Kent area and the potential benefits a charity of our type can bring, we believe that this is a worthwhile and worthy charitable project.


The Charity Commission Guidance “Charities for the Relief of Unemployment” RR3 publication summarises the Charity Commission’s views on the extent to which the relief of unemployment is charitable. It says:


“3. The courts recently recognised that securing gainful activity for unemployed people is charitable in its own right. This publication sets out the criteria which will enable us to accept for registration as charities organisations which aim to relieve unemployment. It also sets out a list of those activities in which charities aiming to relieve unemployment may engage.


Tests for charitable status

4. We have concluded that, in order to be charitable, an organisation for the relief of unemployment will need to demonstrate that:


  • it is set up for the primary purpose of relieving unemployment for the public benefit;
  • its activities are directed to the relief of unemployment generally or to a significant section of the community in a way which can be demonstrated objectively; and
  • any benefit to private interests must be strictly incidental to its primary purpose.


5. Within this an unemployment charity may engage in all or any of the following activities:


  • the provision of advice and training to unemployed individuals concerning employment, self employment and the establishment of co-operative enterprises and the provision of CV writing, job search and job club facilities for them;
  • the provision of practical support to unemployed people by way of accommodation, child care facilities or assistance with travel;
  • the provision by charities of land and buildings at below market or subsidised rents to businesses starting up;
  • the provision of capital grants or equipment to new businesses;
  • the payment by a grant-making charity to an existing commercial business to take on additional staff from unemployed people.”


N.B. Enterprise England has the relief of unemployment as one of several objects, all of which are charitable.


Research of need

We have researched and established the need for the relief of unemployment, the support of the arts, culture and heritage, the increased efficiency and effectiveness of charities, the success of industry, commerce and enterprise in the Kent area. Please see “Local Economic Context” on our web site.


Analysis of benefits

We have analysed the potential public benefits of providing workspace at subsidised levels to start-up and existing businesses, the provision of help to the unemployed in starting their own businesses, improving learning about small business management, small business support, workspace management, traditional crafts, artisan skills, social enterprise and publishing the knowledge gained. We believe that delivering these benefits is in the public interest and charitable.


Public interest

We believe it is in the public interest to:


  • Relieve poverty
  • Reduce unemployment
  • Promote good health
  • Protect and improve the environmental, encouraging sustainable development
  • Advance citizenship and community development


Charitable objects

Accordingly, we have adopted the identical charitable objects of another charity registered with the Charity Commission, carried out a survey to discover if our activities are delivering charitable benefits to those who qualify as charitable beneficiaries and sought to determine if the level of private benefit involved is incidental and public benefit is achieved. Our conclusion, having examined all these aspects, is positive.


Charity Commission Guidance

We have concluded that Enterprise England is both a charitable organisation, in that its objects are exclusively charitable, and its activities are also charitable, as revealed in our “Benefits Survey”, see our web site. We recognise the Charity Commission Guidance “Charities for the Relief of Unemployment” RR3 sets out the principles we should follow.


We confirm that in our view Enterprise England demonstrates that:


  • it is set up for the primary purpose of relieving unemployment and other charitable objects for the public benefit;
  • its activities are directed to the relief of unemployment and other charitable objects primarily in Kent, benefitting the people of Kent
  • the public of Kent are a significant section of the community
  • the benefits we deliver have been demonstrated objectively in our “Benefits Survey” on our web site.
  • our assistance is directed to the relief of a charitable need and is commensurate, see our “Subsidy per Benefit Survey” on our web site
  • any benefit to private interests are strictly incidental to our primary purpose


Subsidy per Benefit Survey

We have also analysed our space users, the level of subsidy, the discount below market levels, the number of workers who qualify as charitable beneficiaries, the number of benefits provided to those beneficiaries, the level of subsidy per beneficiary and the level of per benefit. This is to reveal if our assistance is directed to the relief of a charitable need and if the level of assistance is commensurate with that need. Please see our “Subsidy per Benefit Survey” results on our web site. After analysis and consideration, we believe our assistance is directed to the relief of a charitable need and it is commensurate.



We have adopted extensive policies to ensure that our centre is ‘Open to all’ regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, origin, political belief, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or any other irrelevant factor.



The Trustees determine whether or not the provision of workspace on favourable terms is appropriate in each particular case, ensuring public benefit. We have considered whether a lease, licence or service agreement would be most suitable to provide the kind of assistance required, the terms of that service agreement and how to prevent space users who no longer qualify as beneficiaries from obtaining security of tenure under Part II of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.


Monitoring beneficiaries

The Trustees have ensured they have the ability to prohibit the assignment of any service agreement and secure for its surrender in certain circumstances, such as the space users ceasing to have workers who qualify as beneficiaries. The Trustees seek to ensure any support will be monitored and the withdrawal of that support is limited to three years from the start of each beneficiaries’ period of benefit.


Capital grants

With the provision of capital grants for equipment, Trustees will ensure that the support is suitable for the business in question and that no warranty is given if such support is repeated.


Protecting the charity’s interests

The Trustees have made provision to protect the charity’s interest in the property in the event of a tenant’s insolvency.



The Trustees are also able to increase service agreement fees over the years in relation to a tenant business’s increasing ability to pay more up to a market rental.


Accounting policy

The Trustees have decided to treat the centre as functional property for accounting purposes.


Prevention of unemployment

We note that in Charity Commission Guidance PB2 “The Prevention or Relief of Poverty for the Public Benefit” (December 2008, as amended December 2011) in C2 “When is the prevention of poverty distinct from the relief of poverty?” that the Commission say:


“In our Commentary on the Descriptions of Charitable Purposes in the Charities Act we recognise that the prevention of poverty includes preventing those who are poor from becoming poorer, and preventing people who are not poor from becoming poor. There is a fine distinction between helping someone who is already in poverty and assisting someone so that they do not become poor. Therefore, in general, we consider that the prevention of poverty includes the relief of poverty, and that the relief of poverty includes the prevention of poverty.”


We apply the same principle to the relief of unemployment, and believe that the prevention of unemployment is also charitable. This was previously accepted for another charity in Charity Commission reference 1151126 CRM:0207755.

Enterprise Centres in the UK

Charities Providing Offices and Desk Spaces

The Enterprise Centre


The Enterprise Centre provides buildings, facilities and open space in the Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Leicester City.


Charity No. 1168564


The services provided are economic/community development/employment, disability, recreation, general charitable purposes, education and training.  The services are provided to people who are disabled, of particular ethnic or racial origins, who are young/children.  Also to other charities or voluntary bodies.

The charitable objectives are: the advancement of education for the public benefit by the provision a self-contained, well equipped facility providing the opportunity to develop a wide variety of practical skills and qualifications in a supportive and positive “family style” atmosphere for students in key stage 2-4 and members of the local community.






The London Small Business Centre / Nwes


The London Small Business Centre is part of the Nwes Group, the largest enterprise agency in the country.  It is one of the leading enterprise agencies in the capital providing funding, workspaces, training and face-to-face advice and mentoring for entrepreneurs and those wanting to start their own small businesses.  They provide a range of locations across the capital for co-working and small office spaces, alongside meeting rooms and fast Wi-Fi.


Established in 1982, Nwes is one of the largest not-for-profit enterprise agencies in the UK, who provide total business support, boost self-employment and encourage enterprise.


A successful by-product of a marketing agency, HUT42, which launched in November 2016, is one of the latest businesses to move into King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, Nwes’ flagship innovation and business centre in West Norfolk.  Nwes also provide locations in London, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.


Nwes registered office:
Norwich Enterprise Centre, 4B Guildhall Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1JH
Nwes Property Services Ltd: Company No. 5361073


Norfolk & Waveney Enterprise Services: Company No. 1633258

Bridge Trust of Great Yarmouth Limited: Company No. 4846571

Registered Charity No. 1111009




Can Mezzanine Limited


Can Mezzanine Limited is a self-sustaining registered charity:

Charity No. 1128255

Company No. 05976914

Registered Office: 7-14 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YR), trading as a social enterprise which helps other charities and social ventures by offering business support, capital and flexible, affordable office space.


The Charity’s aims are: To promote and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of charities, voluntary groups, community groups and not-for-profit organisations by the provision and management for such organisations of office accommodation, conferences, training and other facilities, services and support. To improve the efficiency of the administration of charities in direct pursuit of the objects, by the provision of training and information particularly in the field of information technology.


It provides successful collaborative working environments for the third sector at its properties in four London locations: Old Street N1, Loman Street SE1, Hounslow TW3 and Bermondsey SE16.



Other ‘Enterprise’ Charities

Charity Name and Registered No.


Aberdyfi Enterprise Trust – 1162473

Acumen Community Enterprise Development Trust Limited – 1105343

Amman Valley Enterprise – 1012005

Anchor Institute of Enterprise Development – 1139680

Anglian Cultural Enterprise – 1098438

Armthorpe Community Enterprise Limited – 1098267

Asian Youth Development Agency & Enterprise – 1153565

Aspire Community Enterprise (Sheffield) Ltd. – 1116421

Aspire Oxfordshire Community Enterprise Limited – 1117726

ACA Equity & Law Enterprise Trust – 288814


Banana Enterprise Network Limited – 1161408

Barnsley Civic Enterprise Ltd. – 1129765

Black Training and Enterprise Group – 1056043

Blake Social Enterprise – 1146142

Blueprint Training and Enterprise – 1155731

Bradford Base Social Enterprise Company Limited – 1128217

Bramhall and District Enterprise – 511218

Bransholme Community Arts Enterprise Limited – 1127766

Breckon Hill Community Enterprise – 1125513

Business Enterprise Advice and Training – 1088282

Business Enterprise Heritage Trust – 1084610


Calico Enterprise Limited – 1125312

Chailey Heritage Enterprise Centre – 1093222

Charity and Recycling Enterprise UK – 1167299

CHEC (Community Health and Enterprise Centre) – 1074918

Chester Used Furniture Enterprise – 1168631

Christian Action and Resource Enterprise Ltd. – 1027978

Christian Enterprise Foundation – 294519

Community Achievement in Bridgemary Through Learning & Enterprise – 1101591

Community Food Enterprise Limited – 1116006

Connect for Enterprise – 1170461

Consett South Enterprise Association Limited – 1090566

COPE (Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise) – 1110887

CREATE (Christian Regeneration Education Action Training Enterprise) 1078672


Davish Enterprise Development Centre Ltd. – 1018318

Dorset Organisation for Rural Social Enterprise Training – 1121583


Enterprise Care Support – 1159884

Enterprise Development Centre – 299260

Enterprise for Development – 1143851

Enterprise Sailing – 1167252

Enterprise Swimming Club for Disabled People – Croydon – 296927

Enterprise Works – 1129457

EYE Educational and Youth Enterprise – 1172049


Fenland Area Community Enterprise Trust – 1097098

Ferryside Social Enterprise Group – 1158602

Friends of Broughton Business & Enterprise College – 1004174

Friends of Tamworth Enterprise College – Belgrave – 1156770


Genesis Enterprise Foundation – 1090593

GFS Community Enterprise – 1169462

Gower Heritage & Enterprise Foundation – 1167678

Grange Villa Community Enterprise – 1106877

Grassroots Enterprise for Social Inclusion and Poverty Relief  GESIPR – 1156503

Greenwich Refugee Aid and Community Enterprise – 1169544


Hatch Enterprise – 1161801

HBV Enterprise – 1104655

Homeschool Social Enterprise – 1146794

Hoole Enterprise Trust – Time for You (HETTY) – 1122561

Housing, Education, Training & Enterprise Trust – 1095590

HTP Enterprise – 1139802


I-Enterskills – 1151006

Ilkley Community Enterprise Ltd. – 1151706

Imaginer Consulting Limited – 1115376

Integration, Training and Enterprise Centre Limited – 1118586

Inter-Action Social Enterprise Trust Limited – 326593


Jubilee Enterprise Foundation – 1149028

Juno Enterprise Charitable Association – 1169031

Kajans Women’s Enterprise Limited – 1112495

Kaleidoscope Enterprise Limited – 1140761

Kent Enterprise Trust Limited – 290211

Knowsley Enterprise Academy – 1097945


LEAP – 1118612

Loddon Social Enterprise Ltd.- 1011066

Lune Valley Transport Enterprise Limited – 1034716


Machair Social Enterprise – 1147283

MADE (Muslim Action for Development & Environment – 1134415

Milbrook Academy PTFA – 269364

Minority Enterprise Development Trust – 1110256

Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust Limited – 1113010


Nailsworth Youth and Community Enterprise – 301581

Nations Discipleship Enterprise – 1111488

Neighbourhood Investment in Community Enterprise (NICE) – 1153205

New Horizons Community Enterprise – 1098036

Charity Name and Registered No.


Newstead Enterprise Limited – 1143071

Njenni Enterprise – 1139157

Nu Start Community Enterprise – 1138047


Oakleaf Enterprise – 1064524

Orb Community Enterprise – 1112425

Oxford Youth Enterprise Limited – 288326


Parallel Youth Enterprise – 1164644

Peace Enterprise Centre – 1140084

Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development – 1047268

Pendle Community Enterprise Limited – 1109443

Peoples’ Enterprise & Empowerment Forum – 1060294

Phases Social Enterprise – 1089870

Phoenix Social Enterprise Limited – 1060956

Primary Inspiration through Enterprise (PIE) Project Trust Limited – 1169362

Princess Street Training Education and Enterprise Centre – 1122032


Refugee Art and Culture Enterprise (RACE) – 1081331

Rossendale Enterprise Anchor Limited – 1116554

Rural India School Enterprise – 1158920

Seedfund Limited – 1117543

Self Help Enterprise Bristol 7 – 254141

Selworthy House Addiction Recovery Enterprise – 1146319

Shap Community Enterprise – 1160193

Skills Enterprise Limited – 1120254

Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency Ltd.- 1158859

Skillsbridge – 1086658

Slough West Indian Peoples Enterprise (S.W.I.P.E.) Ltd – 1107921

Social Enterprise Development Foundation – 1162437

Social Enterprise for Her/His Integration, Networking and Education (Youth-Shine) – 1158265

South Holland Enterprise for the Disabled – 1084975

South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise Limited – 1149293

South Tyneside Training and Enterprise Network Limited- 1045638

Southbank Enterprise Trust Ltd. – 1100603

Step Development Trust – 1062058

Stoney Middleton Interest and Leisure Enterprise Community Assoc. – 1087095

Stow Hill Resource & Enterprise Centre – 1159387

Streetscape Social Enterprise Ltd. – 1143025

SYAC Ltd. – 1125770


Teachers’ Enterprise in Religious Education – 1117900

Teen Enterprise UK – 1148955

Tendring Reuse and Employment Enterprise – 1115834

The Bridge Community Enterprise – 1117827

The Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics – 1148345

The Economics, Business and Enterprise Association – 297012

The Enterprise – 222342

The Enterprise Centre – 1168564

The Enterprise Centre Limited – 1146938

The Enterprise Club for Disabled People – 230264

The Enterprise Trust – 1133444

The Faith Hope & Enterprise Company Ltd. – 1167974

The Kempson Rosedale Enterprise Trust – 900126

The Message Enterprise Centre – 1147287

The Nailsworth Youth and Community Enterprise – 1161113

The Noah Enterprise (New Opportunities and Horizons) – 1059672

The North West Business Enterprise – 1107188

The Oldham Enterprise Trust – 1155065

The Oldham Enterprise Trust – 1172213

The Penywaun Enterprise Partnership – 1062754

The Smarterbuys Store Limited – 1144676

The Social Enterprise Foundation of Inter-Action- 327285

The Social Enterprise Loan Fund – 1042514

The Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Creative Enterprise – 1050721

The Starfish Enterprise Trust Limited – 1147380

The VM Morrison Darlington Enterprise Trust – 1135126

The Yorkshire Spinal Deformity Trust – 1000395

Thornborough and Coombs Woodlands Enterprise Trust – 1163451

Trinity Enterprise – 1155044

Truman Enterprise Narrowboat Trust – 1037914

Twining Enterprise – 1048191


United Hands Community Enterprise – 1143633


Victoria Community Enterprise Limited – 1093224


Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre – 1134950

Wallasey Independent Recycling Enterprise (Wire) Limited – 1146926

Walton Community & Enterprise Partnership – 1141033

Wates Family Enterprise Trust – 1126007

West Kent YMCA – 803529

Westcountry Health Education & Research Enterprise – 1104556

White City Enterprise – 1161637

Wightwick & Regis Enterprise Network – 1097742

Winchester Social Enterprise – 1162372

World Youth Service and Enterprise – 1053940


Y Dderwen Community Enterprise – 1154812

Young Lives Matter Ltd. – 1140170

Youth Engagement Solutions Ltd. – 1163850