Grant Smith


Grant graduated as a quantity surveyor in 1983. He has worked with international construction companies and managed his own consultancy practice in the UK for over thirty years. In the year 2000, Grant recognised an opportunity to undertake construction work in Kenya, commercially creating fairer pay and apprenticeship opportunities. He committed himself to finding sustainable solutions to help transform individuals and societies.

Today Grant is the CEO of Hand in Hand Group and a director of a Kenyan construction company. With a reputation for clean operations and fair deals, whilst challenging locally accepted business norms and implementing ethical practice to establish fair and safe working environments. Grant is professionally and personally committed to creating a commercial response to poverty.

Grant is the chair of Hand in Hand Foundation and is married to Sue and has three grown-up children.

The Accidental Social Entrepreneur

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Grant Smith is a problem solver. When confronted with the poverty he witnessed in Africa, he did the only thing he knew how – business. Both humorous and realistic, Smith tells of his successes and failures with diverse projects, challenging us to consider how we might use the resources we have been given to change lives.

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Hand in Hand

Grant Smith is CEO of Hand in Hand Group, the umbrella company which incorporates several companies based in Kenya and the UK. These companies were established as a consequence of many visits to Africa and recognising the role that business has in assisting development alongside charity. The overall aim of the Hand in Hand companies is to create sustainable employment, reward employees properly for their work, whilst making a profit.

Hand in Hand Group seeks to trade fairly, based on dialogue transparency and respect, and seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers. HiH is engaged actively in supporting producers, raising awareness, and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practices of conventional international trade.

 

Grant is also the Chairman of Hand in Hand Charity, a UK based charity with a registered sister organisation, Hand in Hand Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. HiH supports children through education, welfare and clean water in East Africa and South America.

Hear more of Grant’s story, and the story of HiH in an interview with Faith in Business:

 
 

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