Social Spider is a socially-minded research and project development community interest company (CIC).
Our main activities include:
Social Spider Community News – publisher of five community newspapers: Waltham Forest Echo, Tottenham Community Press, Enfield Dispatch, EC1 Echo and Barnet Post
Socially minded research
Consultancy and Support
Community media, social investment, mental health, social enterprise business models
Social Spider publishes five community newspapers. We work as consultants for people wanting to make social change happen. We also develop our own projects. We specialise in helping organisations, funders and other bodies understand how to find the best business models to make good things happen for the people, communities and causes they care about. Social Spider’s directors David Floyd and Mark Brown have worked in social enterprise together since 2005 developing specialist knowledge in social investment, mental health and social value driven media. Social Spider delivers evidence-based insights and practical next steps to people who want sustainable social change.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – The right business model is the difference between delivering ambitious social change and letting people and communities down. Our research and consultancy helps organisations who want to know how social enterprise can make people’s lives better through business models that can be sustained.
COMMUNITY MEDIA – Without local news, communities who are marginalised become more marginalised and the civic space shrinks. We are at the forefront of developing sustainable non-profit hyperlocal media that matters to people. We use our experience to advise others making media that belongs to communities. Our newspapers are Waltham Forest Echo, Tottenham Community Press, Enfield Dispatch, EC1 Echo and Barnet Post.
SOCIAL INVESTMENT – Social Spider’s support for charities and social enterprises helps organisations ready for social investment avoid wasting time and resources. Our research, consultancy and facilitation helps social investors to understand what social enterprises and business need from them.
BUSINESS AND CHARITY SUPPORT AND RESEARCH – We care about what works, how it works and how it can be made to work better. Social Spider helps social organisations and charities to develop their business models, explore new streams of revenue and re-examine their activities.
STRATEGIC FUNDING RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY – Social change is rooted in places and people. Social Spider works with funders and investors to help them to understand the landscapes, areas, issues and communities in which they wish to invest.