London’s life-changing Goldfinger Factory to open two new workshops after successful crowdfund with support from Santander.
- Over 100 supporters
- £10,000 pledged by Santander
- 2 new London workshops turning waste wood into furniture
- New opportunities and training for people gaining or returning to employment
What is Goldfinger?
Goldfinger is an award-winning factory which turns waste wood into beautiful furniture, jewellery and interior products, whilst aiming to provide skills training and assist people in gaining or returning to employment.
Located in one of London’s most deprived areas, Goldfinger has been a huge success. So successful in fact that founders Ollie and Marie launched a crowdfunding project to raise the funds needed to open two new locations in London.
Support from the crowd
With a crowd of more than 100 supporters and £10,000 pledged from Santander, Ollie and Marie have smashed their target of £20,000 and are now well on their way to building a vocational school in Fulham and a future Factory in Ladbroke Grove. Both of which will benefit disadvantaged people in the area and support local craftsmen and women.
In return for support, Ollie and Marie have been rewarding the crowd with a range of beautiful, bespoke rewards designed by Tom Dixon OBE.
Santander Changemaker Fund
Santander are working with Crowdfunder UK to support projects like the Goldfinger Factory through their Changemaker Fund helping community groups, social enterprises and small charities to tackle grassroots problems in communities across the UK.
“Our purpose is to help people and businesses prosper,” says Sue Douthwaite, Managing Director of Santander Business. “We recognise the important role social enterprises and charities play in helping communities to thrive.”
The future for Goldfinger looks bright (golden in fact). Not only will the two new locations offer new training places for disadvantaged youngsters, but the social enterprise will making more of a dent in the 22m tons of waste the capital sends to landfill every year.
“As a social enterprise we live and die by the work that we do,” adds Marie. “And the more work we get, the more opportunities we can offer the local community and the more jobs we can offer to those who need them.”
Does your work benefit disadvantaged people? Your project could be eligible for up to £10,000 from Santander’s Changemaker Fund. Find out more here.
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