Places for People invests in social value tech start up

Social value, Places for People, Impact Reporting

Places for People is investing in Mancunian tech start-up, Impact Reporting, to boost its social impact report tool and raise awareness of social value activities

Places for People is backing Impact Reporting, which is already valued at £2m after the first year of trading and has ambitious plans to double its turnover this year, rising to £10m, over the next five years.

Impact Reporting, led by Chris Farrell, offers bespoke social impact reporting to measure social value activities across any sector.

The team has more than doubled in the last 12 months and there are now ten full-time employees at its headquarters in the Northern Quarter.

Clients span the transport, housing, legal, education and charity sectors and include Manchester Airport Group, Network Rail, DWF,  Regenda, Breast Cancer Care, The University of Manchester and The British Library.

Impact has measured over £76m-worth of social value for Places for People over the last 12 months.

Marcus Hulme, social value director at Places for People, said: “We’re investing in Impact as we believe social value is an increasing area of focus for all kinds of businesses with a CSR agenda. This tool is innovative, constantly developing and will raise the bar and across all types of sectors.

“The company has fantastic potential, we’ve seen it grow over the last two years and take on national clients who are brand leaders in their fields.

Chris Farrell, managing director of Impact Reporting, said: “Having the support of a huge name in housing and regeneration, like Places for People, has galvanised our belief that our business will expand further, as we grow our client base and our reputation strengthens. This investment will allow us to enhance the functionality of our social value tool, plan our development and increase future recruitment.

“Social value is increasingly becoming a buzzword for companies. We offer a bespoke way to quantify all aspects of community, social, environmental and employee engagement, which is important for commercial businesses and helps all stakeholders understand the value of CSR.”


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