Our timeline

A brief look at RIO’s History

2017

RIO celebrates its 10th birthday

RIO announces it is to take on the running of Ocean Studios in Plymouth

Planning application submitted for the Market Hall in Devonport, Plymouth

2016

RIO begins delivering 2nd round of the Engine Room social enterprise start up support programme in Cornwall

Chancellor Philip Hammond MP awards RIO £1m in his Autumn Statement for the Market Hall redevelopment

RIO selected as preferred bidder to assist Liskeard Town Council with the devolution of Liskeard Library

British Council selects RIO as delivery partner for its international drive for social enterprise learning in schools around the world

2015

RIO part of successful partnership that sees Cornwall designated as a Social Enterprise Zone

RIO establishes a new group structure consisting of a CIC with two wholly owned subsidiaries: Real Ideas Trading Ltd and Real Ideas Assets CIC

First Funeral held at Devonport Guildhall

Arts Council England re-appoints RIO as Bridge Organsiation for the south west of England

2014

Creative Skills Initiative begins

RIO part of successful partnership which champions Plymouth as the UK’s first Social Enterprise City

RIO designs its own Impact Framework using the TI (Transformational Index) process

Ballot Street Spice, a school-based social enterprise at Victoria Park Primary Academy in Smethwick, West Midlands, is launched by RIO

RIO develops ‘Surplus for Purpose’ – an innovative programme developed to help local authorities with their commercialisation agenda

The Department for Work and Pensions selects RIO as delivery partner to engage local communities in the supply chain for Hinkley Point

2013

RIO opens a social enterprise hub at No26 Fore Street, Liskeard

RIO, as lead bidder, wins the Big Lottery Fund grant to deliver Talent Match Cornwall; a programme to help long term unemployed people aged 16-25 move closer and into work

May 13th 2013 – Devonport Column opens to the public after a Heritage Lottery Funded renovation

RIO writes successful DFE bid for Sparkwell Free School

Column Bakehouse, RIO’s artisan bakery based in Devonport Guildhall, starts trading

RIO announces plans to develop the Market Hall building in Devonport as a new space for Digital

2012

Arts Council England appoints RIO as Bridge Organisation for the south west, leading strategic work to deliver excellence in cultural education in schools

RIO part of winning bid to deliver social enterprise start up support in Cornwall through the Engine Room programme

RIO launches the SEQ – the world’s first social enterprise qualification – at House of Commons February 2012

RIO’s ‘Food for the Future’ project at Windy Ridge farm in Penzance launches a veg box scheme

2011

First wedding held at Devonport Guildhall

Creative Partnerships – the programme that led to creation of RIO – comes to an end

2010

The newly refurbished Devonport Guildhall opened to the public (April 2010)

Delivered schools consultancy in the Maldives

2009

RIO established XtraVert – a social enterprise based in Newquay working with local skaters and training them in carpentry

Led and produced the ‘Sea Life’ project

Delivered ‘Silk Road’ a programme of social enterprise learning in schools…in Mandarin!

2008

Chew TV is established

Took on the ‘Create Your Future’ programme to support 300 people into work

2007

RIO takes on Devonport Guildhall in a community asset transfer from Plymouth City Council and secures £1.8million to refurbish it from the Community Assets Fund

Real Ideas Organisation CIC is officially set up on 31st January 2007

Pre-2007

Lindsey Hall, Matt Little, Tamzyn Smith, Ed Whitelaw and Kate Reed form part of the original RIO team from work delivered during Creative Partnerships