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Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Social enterprise support

Business Activities:Office space, Investment, Business support

Business Location:London – Borough, Old Street, Southwark, Bermondsey and Hounslow

Chief Executive:Andrew Croft



Legal structure:Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee


CAN is a registered charity trading as a social enterprise, committed to supporting other charities and social ventures to thrive, grow and maximise their social impact. CAN’s vision is of a social economy buoyed by a thriving social enterprise market, with a mission to help social entrepreneurs achieve it.

Providing premises, skills and finance expertise; offering flexible, fully serviced, affordable office space; culturally promoting and advocating networking and collaboration through 160 like-minded charities and organisations across five Mezzanines in key London locations; CAN assists in building and growing sustainable businesses and social entrepreneurs through business support, experience from peers, capital funds and space to grow.

CAN’s key achievements include:

  • Managing a property and social investment assets portfolio valued at ca. £40m
  • 99% income derived from trading
  • Housing ca. 160 VCSEs in its CAN Mezzanines
  • Investing ca. £4.5m of grants and loans into UK charities and social enterprises
  • Advising 100+ VCSEs on impact measurement, business readiness and social investment readiness
  • Co-founding Social Enterprise UK and UnLtd, the £100m endowment fund supporting social entrepreneurs

E3M Member


Name:Andrew Croft

Title :Chief Executive

Andrew became Chief Executive of CAN in 2008 after joining in 2006 with responsibility for the development of new revenue streams and replication.

Prior to joining CAN Andrew was based in New York as Vice President Business Development for the easyGroup of companies, reporting directly to Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, where he was involved with franchising, real estate and a major shareholder value dispute which successfully concluded with the sale of a NY listed PLC.

Prior to this Andrew was European Expansion Manager for easyGroup and was responsible for the international rollout of all the easyInternet cafes from Oxford Street, London, across Europe and on to 42nd Street, New York.

Andrew is a non-executive director of Social Enterprise UK, Thare Machi Education and Chair of Foyer Federation. Andrew gained his MBA through Imperial College London and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. In 2012 Andrew was appointed as a Cabinet Office Mutuals Ambassador.