Make a difference with your gifts this Christmas

This Christmas, spread the seasonal cheer even further by picking gifts made by social enterprises – companies with a social or environmental purpose at their heart.  Buying social helps these enterprises create jobs and opportunities that support the most disadvantaged in society.

House of St Barnabas - day one in our social enterprise gift suggestions Day 2 of our 12 days of social enterprises - The Jaunty Flaneur Day 3 of our social enterprise gift selections - coffee from Change Please!
Day 4 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - Soap Co Day 5 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - from babies with love's organic baby clothes Day 6 of our social enterprise gift suggestions: Beer from Two Fingers Brewing
Day 7 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - Divine chocolate! Day 8 of our social enterprise suggestions - furniture from Goldfinger Factory Day 9 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - chutney from Rubies in the Rubble
Day 10 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - sportswear from Circle Collective Day 11 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - art and craft works from Cockpit Arts Day 12 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - a breadmaking workshop from Love Bread CIC

 

BITC has supported over 153 social enterprises through our arc programme, an innovative package of business support.  It's helped over 83% grow over the past year and created over 4,400 jobs since the start of the programme.

With not long to go before Christmas, we’ve picked 12 of the best gift ideas made by arc social enterprises – come back each weekday in December for another suggestion!

Today's gift suggestion:

Day 12 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - a workshop from Love Bread CIC in Yorkshire

A breadmaking workshop from Love Bread CIC in Yorkshire, which brings bread education to the local community.

Love Bread is a not-for-profit organisation that brings the benefits of real bread to the local community through bread education, improving baking skills and nutrition.  Their worshops teach people to bake incredible artisan bread using traditional methods.


Day 11 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - art and craft works from Cockpit ArtsDay 11- art and craft works made by practitioners working at Cockpit Arts, the UK's only creative business incubator for designer-makers.

Cockpit Arts houses up to 170 small businesses at a time, supporting craft-practitioners at the start of their careers and help the more established ones grow and build successful businesses.  Buying from their designer-makers help support design talent and the UK's creative industries.


Day 10 of our social enteprise gift suggestions - sportswear from Circle CollectiveDay 10 - sports wear and goods from Circle Collective, which creates opportunities for unemployed young people.

Circle Collective is a sports shop, trading in Westminster and in Portobello market, with the core purpose of creating work opportunities and changing the lives of unemployed young people.  They provide non-academic pathways into a variety of sectors, with every product bought form them helping a young person into work.


Day 9 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - chutneys from Rubies in the RubbleDay 9: Tasty, sustainable chutneys from Rubies in the Rubble, which tackles food waste with its products.

Rubies in the Rubble uses surplus fruit and vegetables to make mouth-watering chutneys and jams, saving food that would otherwise be discarded and reducing food waste.


Upcycled furniture from Goldfinger FactoryDay 8 - Upcycled furniture from Goldfinger Factory - helping train and support London's most disadvantaged residents.

Goldfinger Factory is an upcycling furniture production and learning hub, creating bespoke furniture and interiors while helping disadvantaged people become self-sustaining. 


Bars of Divine ChocolateDay 7: Guilt free chocolate from Divine Chocolate

Divine Chocolate is a chocolate company on a mission to deliver a sublime experience to chocolate lovers everywhere while ensuring the cocoa farmers get a bigger share of the wealth they’re helping to create. Indulge guilt free knowing your purchase is delivering profits, knowledge and power to cocoa farmers!


Day 6 of our social enterprise gift suggestions - Aurelio Ale from Two Fingers BrewingDay 6: Beer from Two Fingers Brewing that helps protect men's health.

Two Fingers Brewing gives back to the men that drink it by donating all profits to Prostate Cancer UK.  Their flagship beer, Aurelio, is a refreshing, clean and crisp golden ale perfect for toasting the season.


From babies with loveDay 5: Ethical, organic baby clothes by from Babies With Love, which donates 100% of its profits to a charity for orphans.

from babies with love sell beautiful organic baby clothes and donate 100% of their profits to a charity that helps orphaned children. from babies with love’s vision is that every baby has a fair start in life, no matter where they are born, and every item purchased helps turn that ambition into a reality.


Day 4 of our social enterprise gift suggestions: The Soap CoDay 4: Sophisticated, luxury soap products from Soap Co, which employs and benefits people who are blind.

Soap Co's products are made by people who are blind or otherwise disabled or disadvantaged and all of its profits go back into the business to create even more jobs for disadvantaged people - good products, doing good!


Coffee from Change PleaseDay 3: Premium, ethically sourced coffee from Change Please, with profits going to training homeless people to become baristas

Change Please specialise in selling premium quality, ethically sourced coffee for your home and use the profits to train homeless people as baristas selling fresh coffee from their mobile carts on the high street. Wake up and smell the coffee, your morning cup could change lives!


Some of The Jaunty Flaneur's productsDay 2: Luxury socks from The Jaunty Flaneur, which helps people who've experienced homelessness to learn a trade.

The Jaunty Flaneur sells a range of luxury socks, shoe and boot care products and provide a high-end and dedicated shoe shine service. Its products will have you looking and feeling sharp, knowing that your money is being used to help people who experienced homelessness learn a trade and get back into work.


An artwork from The House of St BarnabasDay 1: Artwork from The House of St Barnabas which helps those affected by homelessness back into employment

The House of St Barnabas is a members’ club with a twist, building tangible change and creating a future where sustained employment is a reality for those affected by homelessness through their employment academy. Most of the artwork displayed in its Grade II listed home in Soho is on sale and supports their efforts in helping people back into employment. Every piece of art purchased is helping create fairer London.


 

 

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