What we do

Kindred is a community. We share the expertise and experiences of our members to support the growth of the socially-trading community across Liverpool City Region. And we also help that growth by supporting STOs with money.

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If you’re new to Kindred, here’s a quick re-cap on our story so far:

  • The idea for Kindred was born from the delivery experience of local STOs, supported by research by the Heseltine Institute and Seebohm Hill
  • In September 2019, we got together a community reference group of around 20 members of the STO community, to begin to develop plans. Kindred is designed by our community, for our community. Forever
  • Our ambition is to grow the impact of the social economy across Liverpool City Region, by supporting investment in STOs, facilitating peer-to-peer support and demonstrating the value of collaboration over competition
  • Working with Power to Change we made the case and mayor Steve Rotheram first committed to supporting our ambition in October 2019
  • Since January 2020, more than 150 STOs from across LCR’s six boroughs have contributed to Kindred’s design
  • April 2020 – and lockdown – threw us into crisis management mode. We stepped in to see how we could support STOs through the pandemic and they proved resilient and flexible
  • As a result of that work, we’ve become a part of a national and global movement, committed to a new, fairer, kinder economy
  • Now, £6,500,000 has been committed to Kindred over the first seven years, by LCR Combined Authority and Power to Change
  • The first £1m of that money was invested in early 2021 in our ‘pilot’ round. We’re now supporting a 2022 round of money