Edison Group founder launches charitable foundation

A new charitable foundation has been launched by Scottish businessman, Calum Melville, whose fast-growing Edison Group has been acquiring companies throughout the UK construction sector over the last year.

The Melville Foundation is the brainchild of the chief executive of Edison Group, which is set to see turnover on a rolling 12-month basis by December 2023 hit £50 million.

Its aim is to give children the right tools to succeed in life including literacy, numeracy and the basic online skills which many adults take for granted, including the ability to read a spreadsheet.

Mr Melville explained, “We believe children only succeed in life when given the right tools at the outset and The Melville Foundation will partner with schools, local authorities, other charities and foundations to provide resources including bursaries, breakfast clubs, beds, mattresses and duvets, food vouchers, support during school holidays and free tablets and wi-fi.

Calum Melville

“This is pretty simple. Children need a good sleeping environment to be alert for learning; children need a full tummy to have the energy to learn; children need electronics for learning to do much of their homework in today’s world, and children need access online for homework activities and to keep up in the modern world.”

Edison Group, which recently opened its new offices in High Street, Irvine has been acquiring complementary businesses in the construction and property sectors.

Mr Melville added, “We remain firmly in the market to acquire businesses that are complementary to our group activities are investing substantial sums to build an infrastructure and platform to drive growth over the next few years. Our consistently expanding capability includes construction as main contractor, project management, architectural services, bespoke joinery, furniture manufacture, interior design, interior fit out, all trades, driveways, landscaping, property maintenance and refurbishment.”