Social enterprise to save charities thousands on mobile phone bills.
Telecoms veteran Colin Loveday launches Good Call in Dundee.
A social enterprise has launched to save charities hundreds of thousands of pounds on low-cost mobile phone handsets and contracts.
Dundee-based Good Call is the first dedicated mobile social enterprise in Scotland.
Mobile communications entrepreneur Colin Loveday, who has 25 years’ experience running mobile phone businesses, is targeting charities, other social enterprises and community groups.
Good Call will return profits to customers in the form of lower line rental, better equipment and direct payment. It aims to recruit staff from disadvantaged or marginalised groups and provide ‘supplier’ training to charities.
Loveday, the founder of 4G Scotland and Predict Mobile and a director of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, set up the enterprise following a collaboration with Cyrenians.
He said: “We are a social enterprise with one mission, to ensure that ‘not-for-profits’ have the lowest cost mobile phones, leaving their staff worry-free to support their beneficiaries.
“We are passionate about supporting organisations to make more of an impact and concentrate on the job at hand. We are therefore on a mission to ensure that this happens, while ploughing all profits made back into our clients’ local communities.
“Our work with Cyrenians revealed that, even with good referrals, charities worry about dealing with commercial companies and don’t have the resources or knowledge to secure the best deals. By removing the buying process friction point, we can return hundreds of thousands of pounds back into the charitable sector, while allowing charities to focus on their key objectives, carrying out the work that is so important to them.”
Good Call already has clients ranging from a young people’s mental health charity to a one supporting vulnerable people excluded from family, home, work and community.
West of Scotland Housing Association has also signed up.
Jennifer Cairns, its head of corporate services, said: “We are committed to ensuring value for money and are pleased to have chosen Good Call as the new supplier of our staff mobile phones. Using Good Call will provide us with a good service whilst saving money, and as it is a social enterprise, it understands our needs.”
The above article by Hamish Burns first published on insider.co.uk in Jun, 2019.