How we're set up

Hubbub consists of two legal bodies. Hubbub Foundation UK is a charity established to test new ways to engage mainstream audiences in environmental matters. Hubbub Enterprise is a social enterprise owned by the charity whose role is to take our best ideas, such as the Ballot Bin, to scale increasing impact. Any profit generated by the social enterprise goes back to the charity.

The turnover of the charity in our last financial year, which ended October 2016, was £1.5 million. Hubbub Enterprise has yet to trade for a full year and is in start-up mode. The charity posts our full audited accounts on the Charity Commission website and accounts for 2015/16 can be viewed here. The accounts for this year will be posted in mid 2017 when we'll also make available our accounts for the Enterprise.

How we're funded

The majority of our funding comes from corporate bodies who we partner with to create our campaigns, although we do get some essential core support from a small number of charitable foundations. We're acutely aware of the need to stay authentic and true to our charitable purpose, so all partnerships are carefully scrutinised by our Board of Trustees. This has resulted in some opportunities being declined. 

Collaborate with us

We're always keen to talk to companies and organisations who would like to collaborate with us and co-create activities. If that's you, we'd love to hear from you - [email protected] or call 020 3701 7540.

If you would like to support any of our Hubs with a financial donation, please get in touch.

In 2016/17, funding came from the following organisations:




Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston.


We have had financial support from Mothercare for the expansion of the Gift A Bundle campaign.

We have received funding from North London Waste Authority to deliver textiles waste reduction campaigns in London.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation have supported our work in the fashion hub.


We have worked with Sainsbury’s on the development of their Waste less, Save more campaign. This has included helping with the scaling of initiatives initially piloted in Swadlincote and giving guidance on the overall strategy.

We have had support from Bosch which has enabled the Community Fridge to be tested in Swadlincote and replicated in more communities. Following this pilot we received support from Sainsburys, The Funding Network, The Rothschild Foundation, North London Waste Authority and the Big Lottery to set up more fridges and build a network.

We have partnered with North London Waste Authority to deliver food waste reduction campaigns in London.

We have worked with Norfolk County Council and Suffolk Waste Partnership to research and develop a regional multi-year strategy for reducing household food waste.

The Wellcome Trust have supported the development of a campaign which will encourage the diversification for how people source protein in their diets, with a move to more plant based proteins.

We are working with Compass Group to trial a food waste campaign in a selection of universities and businesses.


We have partnered with IKEA to create and deliver their LiveLAGOM campaign.

We have partnered with EcoSurety to trial a battery recycling campaign.

We have partnered with Affinity Water to trial a campaign that supports households to reduce the amount of water wasted in the home.

Our Fuelling Connections fuel poverty campaign has been supported this year by Scottish Power


In January 2018 Starbucks introduced a trial of a 5p charge on disposable cups across 35 stores in London with the aim of encouraging reusables. Following its success, in August 2018 this was rolled out to all UK stores, proceeds of which are donated to Hubbub to develop behaviour change campaigns that reduce plastic pollution, plastic waste and encourage reusables. 

The Love Your Forest campaign in exclusively funded by Lucozade Ribena Suntory due to the presence of their factory in Coleford.

In 2018 we were granted support of £77,250 over three years from the
City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, for the delivery of educational school Plastic Fishing trips.

Sky Ocean Rescue has supported the building of the Poly-Mer recycled plastic boat.

We have worked with Highways England to research and trial a roadside anti-litter campaign.

The research and development of our anti fly-tipping campaigns have been supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Oldham council and Wandsworth Council.

MacDonalds has supported an anti-littering campaign at community football events.

Our research and development of ‘The Street That Shares’ has been supported by Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

We have partnered with Brighton Council to deliver an anti-litter campaign across Brighton and Hove.

For Fish’s Sake (#FFSLDN) was funded by INCPEN, British Plastics Federation, Natural Hydration Council, Port of London Authority and St Katharine Docks.

Square Mile Challenge coffee cup recycling campaign was funded by Caffè Nero, Costa, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, Nestlé, Pret A Manger, Starbucks, Bunzl Catering Supplies and coffee cup manufacturers: Benders Paper Cups, Dart Products Europe, Huhtamaki and SEDA International Packaging Group.