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.
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:
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- 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 - 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 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 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: 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!
Day 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!
Day 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.
Day 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.