The Founders

GK Partners was registered as an independent UK company in 2004 by Gibril Faal and Katharine Ford who act as co-directors and principal advisers. They met in 2001 when they were recruited as the two specialist business advisers and consultants on a pilot project that developed and implemented a social enterprise business support system in the UK. The project was under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), delivered by Business Link for London, which was the largest unit of the government’s national business support agency. By 2004, Gibril and Katharine were recognised as pioneers in social enterprise development in the UK. They also had between them over 30 years experience in business consultancy, research and development – having worked with FTSE100 companies, SMEs, social enterprises, voluntary organisations, charities, international NGOs, academic institutions and government bodies.

Multiple Bottom Line Approach

GK Partners uses multidisciplinary knowledge, skills and experience to provide advice, guidance and support to commercial, social and public enterprises and institutions – helping them to attain sustainable multiple bottom line results.

GK Partners helps organisations and institutions achieve multiple socio-economic outcomes by:

  • Developing sound conceptual understanding of the various sectors and themes of the social and commercial economy as well as the national and international policy environment
  • Harnessing knowledge and best practices from the business, voluntary and public sectors
  • Using multidisciplinary tools, techniques and practices to address challenges and optimise business, social and other beneficial options and opportunities.

GK Partners is guided by social enterprise and corporate responsibility ethos. We provide high quality professional services at competitive market rates. Profits generated enable us to provide subsidies and pro bono support and assistance to social enterprises, charities, voluntary and community organisations.

Since its establishment in 2004, GK Partners’ clients, partners and associates include the following:

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