Partner profile

Real Ideas Organisation

Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 4EL
08458 621288

About us

RIO is a pioneering social enterprise supporting people to build better futures. We apply our imaginative ethical business thinking across a wide range of sectors, from schools, education and learning to regeneration and creative commercial ventures. Organising great ideas into reality is what we do. 

Since 2007, RIO has grown rapidly – from the original staff team of 10, there are now around 40 of us and our areas of work have diversified and changed. We have restored historic buildings, created new enterprises, supported communities and worked with young people. We have even developed a qualification – the SEQ – which is now being delivered to hundreds of young people in the UK and beyond.

We offer

>  Improving Lives Through Learning: RIO has a proven track record of developing and delivering learning programmes that engage young people who are not in education or employment, to help them build better futures. Our learning programmes support young people to discover and develop their talents and to pursue their passions as potential routes into education or employment.

>  Transforming Schools & Education: We believe in learning that is real, purposeful and contextualized. Learning that connects, learning that impacts and learning that inspires. We also know that this type of learning requires schools to operate in new ways, to make best use of assets, to generate new income, to communicate more effectively and become more resilient.

>  Changing Places Through Enterprise: Regeneration and supporting the development of sustainable communities is important to us. Changing people’s lives means not only working with people as individuals, it also changing the places they spend time (including schools) and the context in which they live. All neighbourhoods, towns, cities and communities have challenges, but they all also have assets, and opportunities, that are often unique to them. 

>  Opportunities: There are many opportunities to get involved with the work that RIO does, from joining one of our learning programmes to gaining skills and experience through volunteering and applying for any jobs we have available.

We support

  • Avon
  • People
  • New Business
  • Networks
  • Premises
  • Skills
  • Investment


From designing learning to embedding the curriculum in innovative ways, and from generating unrestricted income to helping to recruit and retain students, RIO can help your education setting stay ahead of the curve.

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