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
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
We work intensively with the cultural sector in the south west, supporting organisations to become more sustainable as well as providing focussed support to deliver excellence in Cultural Education
Education, Skills and Training
We design and deliver exciting and 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.
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
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

The Real Junk Food Project

The Real Junk Food Project

30th March 2017

Devonport Guildhall

Devonport Guildhall

29th March 2017

Sean Quelch

Sean Quelch

29th March 2017

Pilgrim Primary School

Pilgrim Primary School

29th March 2017

Marine Academy Plymouth

Marine Academy Plymouth

28th March 2017

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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Planning permission granted for Market Hall development

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Plymouth City Council has granted planning permission for the £7million redevelopment of the Market Hall in Devonport, which will see the derelict Grade II listed building transformed into a cutting-edge space for digital skills, research, learning and entertainment. The Market Hall development is being led by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – in partnership with Plymouth City Council, i-DAT at Plymouth…

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