We exist to train and support you to establish pre-designed and highly impactful community run businesses.

About us

Our growing portfolio of three social franchises are designed with and for communities living on less than $3 per day. Once piloted, we package the models and all the learnings into a "business in a box" and support you to unpack and assemble the businesses in communities you work with. We aim to help you create sustainable and independent communities that can address their own local issues. Together we can create long-term fulfilling jobs that power local economies and solve some of the world's most fundamental social issues. Our global network connects and shares learnings between otherwise isolated communities, social organisations, corporates, the public sector and amazing individuals. Each one committed to using their skills to achieve intergenerational social impact. We create significant impact through our core values:

  • Social businessputting community and value creation at the centre of what we do
  • Collaborationconnecting communities, NGOs, cooperates, students, public bodies and individuals to create the best possible solutions
  • Innovation – encouraging the businesses in WSV and our partners to think outside the box

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to tackling the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and build this into all of the enterprises in our portfolio. We are also supporters of Merit 360; the most significant program for global citizens committed to tackling the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Please watch this video and let us not stop half way!

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Our Portfolio

Our growing portfolio is made up of three transformative social franchises

Right Light

Right Light micro-enterprises rent solar lamps to their local communities.


Roots micro-enterprises build toilets that convert waste into fertiliser.


Training local women to produce reusable sanitary towels and educate their communities.

Our model

Our model is a simple one; take an innovative solution, build a sustainable framework around it and support organisations to replicate the impact. We aim to both maximise impact and empowerment, and create scalable and long-term sustainable business. All of our work is driven by partnerships.

How it works

The most important aspect of setting up a successful micro-enterprise is a strong relationship and understanding of a community. This is why the WSV portfolio operates on a social franchise through independent and self -sustaining organisations that already have these relationships. This focus on partnerships is what drives the success of the enterprises in the WSV network.

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Our social franchises create impact that self-replicates and is independent of donor generosity.

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Partners and Supporters

Our social franchise network includes and is supported by a whole range of people and organisations

Partners and Supporters

We are building a network of organisations and individuals working together and supporting social businesses. Be this directly supporting the social franchise brands, our social sector partners or supporting the entrepreneurs and their communities. It doesn't matter what your organisation does by trade, your values and actions will describe the social good in what you do.  

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Enactus Southampton

The origin of WSV

Enactus Southampton

WSV originated from the University of Southampton Enactus team where our founders realised the potential for the projects that were being created to change lives on a global scale. This relationship is one of the most integral parts of our model and social mission. It allows us to support the amazing work that the students are doing in Enactus nationally, whilst also giving the projects they develop an opportunity to scale into the world through the WSV social franchise model.

Our Team

Meet the WSV team

Steve Bedford | Chair

Steve has been with us since before our birth. He is a highly experienced business guru and an incredible mentor. He has started businesses, built global franchises, and now chairs several social enterprises. Steve was, among other things; Main Board Director, Storehouse Plc and Chairman, Build-a-Bear Workshop UK.

Steve Bedford | Chair
Bradley Heslop | Founder, Director

Bradley has a logical mind, balanced with an empathetic nature. Bradley has received significant recognition for his drive and passion for positive cultural change, including being ranked 5th in the Top 100 Future Leaders publication.

Bradley Heslop | Founder, Director
Adam Boxer | Founder, Director

Adam is best known for his analytical and innovative mind. He has received recognition multiple times for innovation. Adam brings extensive international experience in both Kenya and India and unreasonable levels of “get up and go”.

Adam Boxer | Founder, Director

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