A social enterprise community changing the local economy

Brimscombe Mill is the culmination of herculean efforts by The Grace Network, who act as an investor and incubator for social entrepreneurs in the Stroud area. Nestled in the heart of Stroud in old mill buildings, you will find a hive of activity that is fast becoming a business and cultural centre for the area.

The network is made of a total of seven businesses, all of which serve the community in different ways. Kids Stuff, as the name suggests, sell pre-loved toys, clothes and children’s accessories at low prices, while offering bundles for referred families facing hardship. In a similar fashion, Furniture Bank have an array of used furniture for sale and referral, which is donated, or provided by their sister company and network member, Gloucestershire House Clearances. There’s also The Bike Drop, for bike servicing and eco-deliveries, and healthy school dinners from The Great Plate to name a few.

All of the businesses have created fiercely loyal communities, who donate, shop and regularly spend time at Brimscombe Mill, adding to the unique and joyful atmosphere found on site.

Good Beans has had the pleasure of working alongside the team since 2022. A major aspect being a series of marketing masterclasses, focussing in detail on a different tactic, such as collaborations, storytelling or events. Each workshop has welcomed special guest speakers, and it’s been fantastic to see the ideas and inspiration that stem from each event.

“Partnering with Ella and Claire at Good Beans has been a pivotal asset for The Grace Network and is proving invaluable as we continue to grow, adding a thread of clarity and brilliance to our organisational tapestry and a calm and confident know-how that’s been just what we’ve needed”.

We are also working to develop the Brimscombe Mill brand as its own distinct entity, creating a new look and feel at the site, website, and written style that matches their values and personality.

We can’t wait to show you what we have been working on, and are excited to support this fantastic organisation as it continues to grow and make such positive changes to the community.