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More and more, social enterprises are being made out of almost any kind of service and/or product—just look at Spark Framing. It is a company that offers bespoke picture framing, stretching, crating, dry mounting, etc. Spark Framing, which is based in Southampton, Hampshire, has the official Social Enterprise Mark.
Its social mission is based on providing jobs to those who have previously been homeless. Interestingly, this framing company was perhaps a social enterprise before the vocabulary of social business was in common usage, as it is today. “Spark began as Patrick House Workshops in 1993,” the social business writes on its website. “This therapeutic model project was ‘built’ over time by Charlie Wright to service the learning needs of disadvantaged and homeless people from the surrounding local community.”
Today, it is a sustainable company that is also competitive by using hand-crafted and high quality products.