Buy social this christmas gift guide

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Business in the Community and Social Enterprise UK have joined forces to bring together a fabulous selection of Christmas gifts for everyone. Behind each tempting offer is a business with a purpose, from helping people overseas access clean water, to creating jobs and education opportunities in deprived communities in the UK.

Buy Social this Christmas for perfect presents and a better world.

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Buy social this christmas gift guide

  1. 1. In partnership with Buy Social This Christmas Business in the Community and Social Enterprise UK have joined forces to bring together a fabulous selection of Christmas gifts for everyone. Behind each tempting offer is a business with a purpose, from helping people overseas access clean water, to creating jobs and education opportunities in deprived communities in the UK. www.bitcarc.org.uk/xmas Buy Social This Christmas for perfect presents and a better world. For the creative thinker What? The Philosophy Foundation sells a range of philosophy books that educate, inspire and entertain readers of any age to think more creatively. The Socratic Bundle includes two of their award-winning books (Thoughtings and The Philosophy Shop) in a money-saving bundle. Books are also available to buy individually. Cost? £27.99 Stockist: www.philosophy-foundation.org Why Buy Social? The Philosophy Foundation is a social enterprise which brings philosophy to schools and the wider community. They produce educational materials and provide expert training for teachers to take philosophy into the classroom. What? Southbank Mosaic’s Weekend Mosaic Making Course teaches all about the mosaic making process from design to completion. Over a full weekend participants will learn from the experts and practice cutting techniques with ceramic and glass tiles to create a beautiful piece to take home. Courses take place every few months. Next dates: 08 & 09 Feb 2014. Cost? £125 Quote BUYSOCIAL to joy@southbankmosaics.com after ordering for a £12.50 voucher for your next purchase Stockist: www.southbankmosaics.com Why Buy Social? Southbank Mosaics makes public spaces beautiful with mosaics and provide artistic education, including training courses and apprenticeships for disadvantaged people. Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. For the one who loves being 'out and about' What? The GIANT Rapid 4 from Bikeworks combines road-bike speed with flat handlebar comfort and manoeuvrability. Features include Shimano brakes, lightweight aluminium frame, alloy features and more. Unisex. Black gloss. Cost? £499 Stockist: www.bikeworks.org.uk Why Buy Social? Bikeworks is a bicycle, accessories and cycle-training retailer tackling unemployment with training and jobs for unemployed people. A percentage of profits from every sale directly helps the company to train and create jobs for disadvantaged people as bicycle mechanics. What? The Pillow Tote is an iconic tote bag made from repurposed luxury hotel pillow cases. Light and practical this bag is available in a range of colours hot pink, sage green, baby blue, black. Features specially commissioned ‘I LOVED BEING A PILLOW’ artwork. Cost? £25 Stockist: www.sleepingbags.me Why Buy Social? Sleeping Bags transforms end-of-life luxury hotel bed linen into bags, sleep wear and accessories, diverting waste from landfill whilst supporting artists and designers. What? The GiveMe Tap Reusable Water Bottle is made from the highest quality stainless steel BPA-free material, weighs less than an apple, and fits on bike and car bottle holders. Owners can also access free tap water from a network of cafes and restaurants in the UK. Cost? £12 Quote BUYSOCIAL until 20/12/13 at the online checkout for a 10% discount Stockist: www.givemetap.co.uk Why Buy Social? GiveMe Tap’s retail profits fund the development of water boreholes and wells across Africa, while their long-life bottles help reduce plastic bottle waste and save users money. Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. For the one who deserves a little bit of luxury What? The Jaunty Flaneur’s luxurious Mazarin Cashmere Silk Over the Calf Socks are 70% cashmere for warmth and softness, and 30% silk for strength and durability. Every discerning gentleman should own a pair. Red or grey. Cost? £55 Quote BUYSOCIAL until 12pm 24/12/13 at the online checkout for a 10% discount on any item Stockist: www.thejauntyflaneur.com Why Buy Social? The Jaunty Flaneur sells luxury socks and shoe care products, alongside premium shoe shining services. Their profits and services create jobs for homeless people as professional shoe shiners, and they donate fresh socks to rough sleepers. What? from babies with love sells a wide range of unique organic baby clothes. The stylish Pigeon Organics Spotty Red Babygrow is unisex and has a unique kimono style opening, with easy-open poppers and versatile foldover socks – great for both day and night. How much? £18.90 Quote BUYSOCIAL until 12pm 24/12/13 at the online checkout for a 10% discount Stockist: www.frombabieswithlove.org Why Buy Social? from babies with love sell beautiful organic baby clothes and donate 100% of profits to help orphaned and abandoned babies. What? CLARITY’s ‘Sensory’ Vanilla and White Musk Gift Set features a luxurious hand wash and hand and body lotion, fragranced with sweet vanilla and classic musk. How much? £14.90 Quote BUYSOCIAL until 12pm 24/12/13 at the online checkout for a 10% discount. Stockist: www.clarityefbp.org Page 3 of 5 Why Buy Social? CLARITY is a toiletries manufacturer and retailer that provides training, employment and well-being support for disabled and blind people in a range of factory and office-based positions.
  4. 4. What? Who made your pants’ Aimee Shorts are environmentally friendly beautifully crafted knickers made from soft stretch lace that needs no elastic at the waist or leg. VPL–free and form fitting they have been designed by ethical lingerie brand who made your pants for every day comfort. Cost? £28 Quote BUYSOCIAL until 12pm 24/12/13 at the online checkout for a 10% discount Stockist: www.whomadeyourpants.co.uk Why Buy Social? Who made your pants is a campaigning lingerie brand that makes gorgeous underwear out of surplus fabric and creates unemployment opportunities for disadvantaged women. For the food lover What? Divine chocolate’s Chocolate Tasting Kit is a delicious way to experience all 12 fairtrade-flavours and textures in their range. Includes a fun guide on tasting and appreciating good chocolate. Cost? £30 Quote buysocial until 22/12/13 at the online checkout for a 10% discount Stockists: www.divinechocolate.com/uk Why Buy Social? Divine is the only Fairtrade and mission-driven chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers, leading to better working conditions and pay. What? Pear and Walnut Chutney by Rubies in the Rubble is sweet and delicate, with a satisfying nutty crunch. It goes perfectly with cured hams, creamy cheese or a strong cheddar. The King of the cheese board! Cost? £4.50 Stockist: www.rubiesintherubble.com Why Buy Social? Rubies in the Rubble premium, hand-made chutneys give a second life to unwanted fruit and vegetables and tackle food waste in the UK. The social enterprise also uses chutney production to create training and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Londoners. Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. What? Brigade Bar & Bistro is a restaurant social enterprise based in an old Fire station in London, creating culinary delights with simple, high quality ingredients. Current menu highlights include caramelised tweed salmon and diver scallop, New Forest venison steamed pudding, roasted celeriac and chestnut risotto. Gift Vouchers are available in a range of denominations Cost? Denominations between £10-50. Quote BUYSOCIAL when booking with your voucher in January and February for 2-4-1 on food Stockist: www.thebrigade.co.uk/bar-bistro Why Buy Social? The Brigade Bar & Bistro is a restaurant, bar and events space that provides training and employment opportunities for people who’ve experienced homelessness. This paper has been produced by arc, an initiative of Business in the Community, in partnership with Social Enterprise UK. Business in the Community is a charity that promotes responsible business. Its flagship arc initiative connects social entrepreneurs with support from a collaboration of its member companies including BP, Deloitte and Visa Europe. The arc programme is supporting social enterprises to grow and create jobs, to targets of 1000 in East London by 2015, and 1000 in west London by 2016. www.bitcarc.org.uk For more information Please contact Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director, Business in the Community jane.pritchard@bitc.org.uk 020 7566 6630 Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprises. They raise the profile of people and social enterprises in the sector, with campaigns, lobbying, research and building networks between social enterprises. www.socialenterprise.org.uk Buy Social is Social Enterprise UK’s national campaign to encourage businesses, individuals and the public sector to buy from social enterprises. For more information Please contact Fran Gorman, Head of Media and Communications, Social Enterprise UK fran.gorman@socialenterprise.org.uk 020 3589 4950

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