‘I Roll Up My Sleeves’ is a Social Enterprise that was set up in Suffolk and managed by myself, founder Glenn Hoddy and my partner Amy Graham. The mission of our enterprise is to inspire local businesses to engage more with local community projects in an alternative way to how they normally would, whilst supporting them in growing their business. We call it Ethical Business Networking.
After a couple of changes to my life I started to volunteer at a local care farm in Bury St Edmunds. It is an amazing place and makes a difference to the people that use it. One main issue it had was that a list of jobs / projects as long as your arm needed to be completed, which was something that the care farm workers were not able to achieve as it was too manual, and they did not have the volunteer man power to complete them. I had been around a few of the business networking groups and was tired of hearing the same things being spoken to the group. I was also amazed by the membership fees and some of the strict expectations from the groups of what you must bring and offer to the group…… From my experience at the farm and knowledge I decided it was time to set up an Alternative way to network with other businesses that could support local community projects. Creating an effective low-cost method for developing business connections, based on collaboration with businesses that can learn from each other in very natural & inspiring locations.