Social Enterprise Spotlight – Social Print & Copy

Posted: 13 January 2020, in News




Our newest Social Enterprise Spotlight is Ian Gray and Social Print & Copy. Read and share their Q&A interview below! Get in contact with on on ian@socialprintandcopy.org.

What’s your social and/or environmental mission?
We will save our clients money, reduce their environmental impact and financially support a new wave of ideas through a small grants programme.

How do you do it? (client group, practical daily work, customers etc)
Social Print and Copy are a Social Enterprise that provides environmentally efficient printing & photocopying technology with transparency, a fair price & surplus returned to our sector through a grants programme. We expect to save our clients around 40% on their printer and copier bills!

What’s your personal motivation for being a social entrepreneur?
We are disrupting the current printer and copier  business model in a way that frees up many thousands of pounds of charity money so they can mitigate cuts or invest in innovation and development.  

What are your current projects?
We’ve been mega busy working with the world biggest suppliers to hammer out a great deal for our clients that does away with complex agreements, costly servicing and long term inflexible deals. We’ve already onboarded our first few clients during a soft launch and are building for a bumper 2020! 

What exciting things do you have coming up?
We’re putting the finishing touches on some really exciting projects to be launched at the Gathering with  SCVO in Feb. Our diaries are filling up for early 2020 and we have been blown away with the reception we have received from Scotland’s charities and social enterprises! 

Who do you want to work with more?
We’re primarily here to serve the charity and social enterprise sector as this is a values and mission fit for us but we are also working with a few private sector businesses on meeting their print, copy and office enterprise needs and developing their CSR offering. Watch this space!

What's your biggest challenge?
Three things. 1. There’s just not enough time in the day! 2. We’ve been challenged with meeting start up costs and developing the business infrastructure on a tight budget. 3. Getting the word out to potential clients that we could save them up to 40% on current costs!

What top tips would you give to other social enterprises?
Start where you are, do what you can, use what you have because if you wait for the conditions to be perfect you’ll never get started!