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The Greenway Centre,
101 The Greenway, Thorntree,
Middlesbrough, TS3 9PA

About us

Community Ventures is a Middlesbrough-based charity, development trust & group of social enterprises

About our organisation

CVL is a Middlesbrough-based charity, development trust and group of social enterprises.

It was formed in 1989 under the name East Middlesbrough Community Ventures with the aim of providing solutions to issues of local unemployment and community safety in Middlesbrough. It became Community Ventures in 2000, and is now fully sustained financially by its six social enterprise companies.

CVL’s largest trading social enterprise Complete Security (Europe), or CSEL, provides security services. It employs 70 local people, earning its income through commercial contracts with public sector organisations, including Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland Councils and Erimus Housing, and private sector clients.

CVL’s other subsidiary social enterprises provide consultancy services for public and third sector charities, voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises across the UK. Services include procurement, human resources and health and safety management services; developing self-sustaining funding; and business support for potential and developing social enterprises.

The income from its social enterprises allows CVL to invest in services for local communities, which currently include the Community Alarms Project, which provides free household alarms to vulnerable people and properties in Middlesbrough; the Community On-Line Centre, which provides free broadband internet use and onsite help for job searching; and the European Centre of Excellence for Social Enterprise, a one-stop shop for potential social enterprises seeking advice and support.

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