About the Fire Station

Overview

PwC is committed to help tackle social exclusion and alleviate unemployment in the UK by supporting social enterprise. So we’ve regenerated a disused fire station next to our offices at 7 More London and created a social enterprise hub.

The Fire Station on Tooley Street, London SE1, is a triple sector partnership conceived and convened by PwC, and made possible in collaboration with De Vere Venues, the UK Government Homes and Communities Agency, social entrepreneur Simon Boyle, Beyond Food Foundation, Big Issue Invest, the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise UK and Blossoms Healthcare. Each plays a part in making this a successful social enterprise hub, hoping to accelerate the impact we each have in our local communities and in the UK as a whole.

The Fire Station has enabled PwC to extend and deepen the social impact of our community investment programme by:

  • Sharing our finance and business knowledge to help social enterprise and charities grow and flourish
  • Providing first class office and training space for our strategic social enterprise community partners in the heart of London
  • Assisting people at risk of homelessness to gain skills and qualifications in professional cookery and catering so they can get back into work
  • Generating a revenue stream to support the future development and reach of our community programmes

Our support for social enterprise also provides our staff with rewarding and challenging opportunities, which improves engagement and builds soft skills as well as creating an understanding of social value.

  • We provide opportunities for our staff to support social entrepreneurs with mentoring, investment readiness support and capacity building
  • We support apprentices on the Beyond Food Foundation apprenticeship programme with one-to-one and group mentoring
  • We raise vital funds for social enterprise through the PwC Foundation

Find out more about how we’re supporting social change by visiting www.pwc.co.uk/annualreport or read about the benefits in our ‘Corporate Sustainability Lessons Learned’ series. Impact measurement: getting started describes the benefits to social entrepreneurs of attending our beginner social impact measurement training. The business benefits of mentoring social entrepreneurs outlines what our staff get out of the same experience.