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Social Enterprise

This part of the site lists the details of local services that exist to benefit the community. Social enterprises are on the rise around the country, they serve people and meet community needs. Operating in the best interests of local people, and often staffed mainly by volunteers, they are usually well connected to local communities. They offer a much valued and affordable service to their customers.


If you know of endeavours that could be classed as social enterprise in Welwyn Hatfield please get in touch, they can be listed here free of charge.

If you are interested in starting or developing a social enterprise idea locally an organisation called Inspire2Enterprise offers advice and support, for free. They  run short regular workshops in WGC for a modest fee, and have an office in Hatfield. You can find out more about their service, and the nuts and bolts of the social enterprise model on their website:

More generic information about the state of Social Enterprise across the UK can be found at: This is a national umbrella body that promotes the social enterprise concept and values.

Local Enterprises in our region:

1. The FReScH Furniture scheme.

26-28 Hyde Way
Welwyn Garden City

Telephone: 01707 395635 E-mail


Fresch Furniture scheme 51.800043, -0.198569 The Fresch showroom is here.


Fresch has its origins in an Emergency Furniture Scheme set up by Bill Salmon in the 1970s and operated through the Welwyn Hatfield CVS.

The Fresch showroom

The Fresch showroom

The scheme is an independent charity. Our showroom is currently provided free of charge by Mears. Since beginning as an indeopendent charity, Fresch has diverted approximately 30 tonnes of furniture and household equipment away from landfill sites. Fresch has also benefited from 10,400 hours of volunteering support – this is the more remarkable as a significant proportion of volunteers are themselves in financial need.
The showroom is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 – 3:30. We are closed on Bank Holidays. If you wnat to enquire what’s in stock, call between the same hours on 01707 395635. All customers benefit from Fresch’s work to ensure that goods are safe, clean and saleable. The main aim is to make sure that people and furniture each receive the helping hand they need: our primary concern is to ensure that donated goods go to people most in need.
Our pricing policy reflects this.
Fresch showroom entrance

Fresch showroom entrance


Fresch is also able to collect and deliver goods.


This site is happy to promote any social enterprises around Welwyn Hatfield. If you want your organisation promoted on this page please get in touch.


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