Creative-techy-making for 7-11 year olds


We are passionate about solving social problems to create a fairer world; one that works for everyone


We create and run our own social enterprises and draw on that expertise to support others to be more enterprising too


We support people to develop the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing world


We help organisations to start up, grow and develop, finding new ways of delivering services and doing business


We empower communities with the skills and confidence to take control of their future and make best use of their built assets


We’re passionate about solving social problems

From breathing new life into old buildings, to supporting young people to develop the skills to succeed in an ever-changing world, RIO innovates to deliver real and lasting social change.

By creating a change ecology – one where we influence policy, shape places, deliver strategic programmes and support and develop people – we can unlock potential and opportunities to create a fairer world; one that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.

Business Support

Business Support
Drawing on our extensive experience of setting up and running our own social enterprises, we provide practical, no-nonsense support for people interested in exploring social enterprise as a business model

Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture
As Bridge organisation for the south west, we work intensively with the cultural sector, supporting organisations to become more sustainable as well as providing focused support to deliver excellence in Cultural Education. For more information, visit our dedicated Bridge website.

Education, Skills and Training

Education, Skills and Training
We design & deliver exciting, innovative, challenge-based learning programmes in a variety of schools and youth settings, whilst also supporting business managers to use social enterprise to help balance the budget. For information on Artsmark, Arts Award and our arts & culture offer to education settings, visit our dedicated Bridge website.


We provide strategic support for Housing Associations and Developers, as well as offering practical ways to connect and consult more effectively with communities.

Local Government

Local Government
Building on our proven track record of working with local authorities to devolve assets and generate revenue to mitigate budget cuts, we have developed a bespoke package of training and support for Councils exploring a Commercialisation agenda.


We love breathing new life into redundant buildings to bring them into productive community use. We have managed several redevelopments ourselves and from that experience we provide support and advice for other organisations and community groups working to do the same.

Read more about our clients and what we’ve achieved

Our Impact

In the last 12 months…

organisations have received direct support from RIO to grow and develop.
of people enjoyed working with us (we're not sure on what we did to upset the other 1% but we're working on it!).
young people have engaged with real, purposeful and creative learning by working with RIO.
What They’re Saying

Since 2014 RIO have continued to support us and our aims; they have been helping us to develop our social value framework and have also helped with Challenge Fund money to develop the Fab Lab at Exeter Library. We have enjoyed a successful partnership with RIO and we hope to build on this relationship in the future.

Ciara EastellChief Executive of Libraries Unlimited

RIO have provided our students with an excellent experience which has enhancedtheir employability skills and given them work experience… As such, the industry will have more confident, enthusiastic and work savvy students to recruit in the future.

Rob ChadwickAcademy Manager, Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries

RIO supports the creative industries to flourish and is a key partner in Plymouth’s continued cultural growth.

Dom JinksDirector of Plymouth Culture

RIO have been extremely supportive and creative in helping us communicate our ethos and key messages with a new sense of clarity and purpose.

Sue JonesHead Teacher at Pilgrim Primary School


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Real Ideas is looking for a Design Team to carry out the technical design through to completion for their Liskeard Library Project. We will be looking to contract the following: Architects M&E Consultant Structural Engineer Quantity Surveyor Project Manager Consultants should be able to begin work early Feb 2020 with the aim to complete technical design by early May 2020.…
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