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directory profiles gk partners www.gkpartners.co.uk email info@gkpartners.co.uk tel 020 7785 6340 WHO WE ARE GK Partners are advisers to socially responsible businesses. The directors, Gibril Faal and Katharine Ford, pioneered social enterprise business support in London through a project financed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in 2002. As part of that work Gibril and Katharine created early models, structures and frameworks for the financing and management of social enterprises. That work has developed into up-to-date tools for social enterprise support, training and consultancy. WHAT WE OFFER At GK Partners, we provide insightful, groundbreaking and practical business advice and support to many kinds of socially responsible businesses. We help clients achieve optimum financial, social, environmental and other ethical results. We offer a range of services from action-oriented training to business modelling to feasibility evaluations. We help clients incorporate, business plan and raise finance for their organisations (Access to Finance). We help clients find, lease, purchase and move into appropriate premises (Access to Property). GK Partners often provide clients with subsidised business support by accessing government funding. Contact us to see if you qualify for this funding. We work with commercial enterprises to make them more socially and environmentally responsible. We work with social enterprises, charities, environmental, arts, cultural and community organisations to make them more enterprising and financially viable. 136 Directory OUR SUCCESS STORY: Proper Oils This company collects used cooking oil and refines it to produce biodiesel for vehicles. GK Partners helped them with business modelling, access to investment and operational planning. Through its links with one of its environmental partners (London Remade), GK Partners worked with the award-winning social entrepreneur Stephen Hurton, helping him create multiple income streams to make his business financially viable. GK Partners helped Proper Oils generate investment of about £300,000, including capital grants of over £100,000, loans and equity investment. We continue to support Proper Oils on a range of business issues. “GKP have been of invaluable assistance in the growth and development of Proper Oils.” Stephen Hurton, Managing Director, Proper Oils www.properoils.co.uk