About Us

Hello, we are Make Good Grow.

A social enterprise whose sole purpose is making it easy:

  • for Business to do good
  • and for Good Causes to get the support they need.

Our values are built in to the fabric of the organisation, with the team united in delivering our purpose in line with them:

  • Trust: We trust each other to do a great job and trust our customers and stakeholders to believe in the same world we want to see in the future!
  • Innovation: We strive to innovate in everything we do, continuously looking to break new ground, be revolutionary in the solutions we create, never settling for mediocrity and always improving.
  • Passionate: If we don’t have passion and believe in what we’re here to do, then we might as well all give up and go home. We start each day as passionate and committed as the one before! We love what we do.

How we deliver our Purpose?

We work with Good Businesses who want to give back and create meaningful impact in the world; helping them to achieve more positive impact on society and match up to their ESG or CSR objectives.

We are building a movement for good, where our network of Good Businesses pledge products, services or support (such as volunteering time) through the Pledge Marketplace.

Our every growing community of Good Causes can simply, go shopping for free… selecting from the wide range of tangible and hugely beneficial offers of support through the Marketplace. We also provide a ‘Wish List’ service, where Good Causes can tell us what they need help with (if it isn’t already on the Pledge Marketplace) and we do our best to find them a solution.

And the best bit? We do all of this for FREE!

Then there’s SID:

We have developed SID – the Social Impact Dashboard – which is a software subscription service (SaaS) that enables businesses to monitor, measure and report on all the positive impact they’re having on the world.  This growing technology platform has gathered interest from businesses of every size and is already gathering fantastic feedback.

With thanks to our Partners and Patron:

We are grateful to the support and guidance of a number of key partners and supporters who have helped shape our journey to date, including:

Our Founder – Nigel Shanahan, who has invested time, money, sweat and a lot of brain power in to the organisation.
Our Patron – Gateley PLC, who have been earlier adopters of the Social Impact Dashboard and provide strategic support and mirror our values and believe in our purpose un-waveringly!
Strategic Partners – the Heart of England Community Foundation – who have been with us, almost from day one and are a continuous source of inspiration, advice and guidance for us and the community of Good Causes we are dedicated to supporting!

Meet the team

Nigel Shanahan

Founder, entrepreneur, head honcho & dream maker

Rob Langley-Swain

MD, chief negotiator, business brains & not-so-secret West-end superstar hopeful

Connor Wilson

Product Manager and digital wizard

El Prior

Social Media Lead and Business Success Executive, wordsmith wonder, sarcasm and quick wit…on point!

Ola Kielbasa

Design Lead and Good Cause Success Executive, designer extraordinaire, fuelled by heavy metal and creativity

A message from our founder, Nigel

Let me tell you a story: In a previous life with Rant & Rave, I noticed that our fabulous Team of 100+ people had so many skills: great Marketers, Finance People, Project Managers, Developers. All of whom were happy and prepared to use these skills to help good causes solve their business problems. Trouble was, we couldn’t find the Projects.

They didn’t necessarily want to signup to paint a fence (nothing wrong with that btw), or to commit to a cause for life, but to be involved in a short burst with a big impact.

When we sold Rant & Rave it was my opportunity to solve that problem, and hence Make Good Grow was born. I’ve built a small, but perfectly formed team, who have joined me on this journey and we’ve  created the platform you see today, which has evolved beyond the initial concept of matchmaking, to a more sustainable suite of support for all Good Causes – with a recently launched Pledge Marketplace, podcast, mentoring and peer to peer networking amongst other things.

We focused our launch in the Warwickshire & West Midlands region, but have aspirations to branch out nationally. Already we have 100’s of Causes, Business Pioneers, Passioneers (yes, we didn’t particularly like ‘volunteer’) and Projects.

It’s funded by me and the next stage of this beautiful journey is to create enough value that businesses (and their teams) want to join this movement, we have free and enhanced commercial opportunities rolling out to help sustain our ambition – which is always to MAKE GOOD GROW

We are a fun, innovative and trusting Team and if ANY of this resonates, please reach out.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to collaborating together.