Social enterprise mission and CSR – Red Dragon Flagmakers

Social mission and CSR

Thats us.... a social mission business

Red Dragon Flagmakers Ltd is a registered social enterprise and social mission led business, registered at Companies House as a Limited by shares Company.

Red Dragon Flagmakers a registered social enterprise with Social Enterprise UK
(Click the image to connect through to the Social Enterprise UK member directory).

We DO make a profit (as all dynamic forward thinking little businesses do....) and 100% of our profits go back into the personal and professional development of the staff who are all trained in house and the recruitment and training of additional staff as the business grows.

Sales enable profits which support our recruitment of additional people to train for sustainable employment with the outcome of a positive contribution to local, regional and UK economy. We are not grant dependent.  

We are the ONLY flag maker incorporated and run as a social mission company.

It’s often an assumption when you are doing something for the people and the planet you must be a charity. Red Dragon Flagmakers' social mission is to build self esteem in the people who train and work within the business, regardless of background and personal circumstances. If as Charities do, we gave money to the trainees and employees we believe this would be perpetuate a dependency - which is not what we are about. Jo Ashburner, Managing Director, Red Dragon Flagmakers

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So what is a social enterprise?

A social mission business is an organisation which applies commercial strategies to maximise improvements in human and environmental well-being - this may include maximising social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.

Social mission businesses can be structured as a for profit or non-profit and may take the form (depending which country the SE is located in) of a cooperative, a mutual organisation, a dis-regraded entity, a social business limited by shares or guarantee, a benefit corporation, a community interest company (CIC) or a charity organisation.  They can also take more conventional structures but what differentiates social mission businesses from other non-profit and profit making business formats is that their social mission is as core to their success as any potential profit.

Many commercial enterprises consider themselves to have social objectives, but commitment to these objectives is perhaps motivated by the perception that such commitment will ultimately make the enterprise more financially valuable. These are organisations that might be more properly described to be operating corporate responsibility programs.

Social purpose businesses differ in that their commitment to impact is central to the mission of the business. Some social missions businesses may not aim to offer any benefit to their investors except where they believe that doing so will ultimately further their capacity to realise their social and environmental goals - although there is a huge variation in forms and activities.

The term 'social enterprise' has a mixed and contested heritage - philanthropic roots in the USA and cooperative roots in the UK, EU and Asia. In the US, the term is associated with 'doing charity by doing trade', rather than 'doing charity while doing trade'. In other countries, there is a much stronger emphasis on community organisation and democratic control of capital and mutual principles, rather than through philanthropy.

In recent years, there has been a noticeable rise in the concept of social purpose businesses pursuing social profit and responsibility directly, or the raising of funds for charitable projects.

When you buy from Red Dragon Flagmakers, you buy social.  

Advisory Group on Creating a Culture of Social Impact Investment - report

The Social Impact Report 2016

Social Impact  2016 Report Red Dragon Flagmakers

Natwest SE100 - Red Dragon MFG's social impact health check 2017

Natwest SE100 and Red Dragon Manufacturing (Flagmakers) Social mission

Click HERE to see the press link.

Generated profit is re-invested into the training and employment of people in our local communities with a mission to contribute towards real social change.

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What is CSR?

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is business buying power.  Buying from social enterprises makes your money go further. Join the revolution and unleash your spending power.

As with everything else in life, there are benefits and breaks to investing in social mission projects and we welcome seed mentor interest on this basis. 

SEED EIS was introduced in the 2012 UK Government Budget to encourage investment into smaller businesses.  In the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor confirmed the success of the programme by approving it as a permanent Government incentive.

The tax relief on investments in businesses like Red Dragon MFG Ltd are very generous and include:

  • 50% income tax relief on investments
  • 14% capital gains tax relief
  • inheritance tax exemption if shares are held for two years or more
  • SEIS loss relief can be offset against taxable income. 

Investors also have the reassurance that the investment process is stringent and only companies with a robus business plan and an experienced management team are considered.

If you are interested in investing in our business, please contact us in confidence. 


Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) is a relatively new tax incentive for individuals investing into social enterprises. Under SITR, individuals can claim back 30% of their investment from HMRC. See our factsheet for professional advisers below. You can also download the factsheet.


Introduced in 2014, and expanded in 2017, Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) allows individuals to help social enterprises grow by offering a tax relief on investments.

Under SITR, an individual can subscribe for shares in, or lend money to, a social enterprise and claim 30% income tax relief. So, for example, if an investor lends £1,000 to a social enterprise, the real cost to the investor is only £700. But the social enterprise receives £1,000 of much needed funding to help it grow, become more financially secure and achieve more positive social impact.

Charities, community interest companies, certain kinds of community benefit societies and so-called “accredited social impact contractors”1 qualify as “social enterprises” for the purposes of SITR.

Social enterprises that have been generating sales revenues for less than 7 years can raise up to £1.5m under SITR. Older enterprises can raise up to around £280k-£290K2

1. Newly-incorporated private companies that enter into social impact contracts and are accredited by DCMS

2. The exact cap is calculated by reference to the exchange rate with the Euro, and the highest UK rate of capital gains tax, so will fluctuate


Here are the tax reliefs that an investor, under SITR, may enjoy:

  • Income Tax Relief – 30% of the amount invested is deducted from the investor’s income tax liability for the year in which the investment is made.
  • Capital Gains Tax Deferral – if a chargeable gain is re-invested into a SITR-qualifying investment, the CGT liability on that gain is deferred until the SITR investment is disposed of.
  • Tax Free Gains – gains made on disposal are free of capital gains tax. But this only applies to capital gains – e.g. on sales of shares. Interest and redemption premium on debt would be taxed as income, so are not tax free.
  • Inheritance Tax Relief – investments in shares may qualify for exemption from inheritance tax if they have been held for at least two years before death. Investments by way of loans will not qualify for any exemption from IHT.
  • Loss Relief – investments in shares may qualify for loss relief against income or capital gains tax, but debt will not qualify for loss relief against income tax and only qualifies for relief against capital gains in certain circumstances.


Investors looking to make investments under SITR may invest in individual social enterprises, or may invest via a SITR “fund”.

SITR funds work in exactly the same way as an unapproved EIS fund, namely:

  • Each investor signs some form of investment management agreement which gives a mandate to the fund manager to invest the investor’s money into social enterprises eligible for SITR.
  • Investors’ monies are invested over a period of time (usually spanning two or three tax years).
  • Each time a SITR-qualifying investment is made by the fund, each investor is allocated a proportion of the investment and tax relief is then claimed on that investment.
  • The investment is typically held in the name of a nominee on behalf of each of the investors in the fund.

Unlike EIS, there is no concept of an “approved” SITR fund. So tax relief can only be claimed as and when qualifying investments are made via the fund – there is no tax relief when an investor initially commits monies to the fund. However, an investor may be able to carry back an investment to the previous tax year in order to accelerate the claim for income tax relief.


The following table sets out where the SITR sits in comparison to other tax efficient investments into businesses (SEIS, EIS and VCT), by way of illustration. Please bear in mind these will depend on individual circumstances.

Comparison between tax reliefs: SITR, EIS, SEIS and VCT


GET SITR is an initiative led by Big Society Capital and supported by the Department for Culture, Digital, Media and Sport (DCMS) to raise awareness of Social Investment Tax Relief. The initiative offers a package of support to help more charities and social enterprises raise investment using SITR.

Resources include:

The Public Services Social Value Act 2012

For all those purchasing via the public purse, the Public Services Social Act 2012 is a must read.  It is now law that all purchases made using public money should be made in consideration of social impact and value.

To read a summary of the Act - click HERE 

Starting a social enterprise

Social Enterprise UK and Natwest published the 'starting a social enterprise' advisory document in July 2017. Click the thumbnail below to read.  Enjoy. 

Start your own social enterprise Social Enterprise UK Natwest

Please use the contact form below to reach us with any enquiries you have on this information and our products.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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