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Blue Patch is the place to shop online for the UK’s most inspiring ethical products and services.

A social enterprise 100% of our net surplus profit will create the Blue Patch Foundation to fund renewable energy, apprenticeships, local community and closed loop innovation.

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  2. 2. Blue Patch is a selective directory of ethical businesses and services for the UK
  3. 3. Our website is already built, we invested in it ourselves. Here is one of the Blue Patch Business Plus micro sites showing one of our pioneer members.
  4. 4. We designed the website in consultation with businesses. The site is now in beta test.
  5. 5. We are a great team We also have 10 volunteers and special advisors covering economics, marketing and environment. We are part of the UCL Advances and Imperial College Network for Social Entrepreneurs. Jane Langley: Founder and CEO Cool it World Ltd. Cool it Schools, the creative environmental programme (2009-). Blue Patch (2013-). Artist: paintings in museums and collections. Curator: V&A London, Bankfield Museum Halifax, Abbott Hall, Cumbria. Lecturer in fine art for 27 years. Experienced project and website manager. Collaborating with partners: Princes Charities, Zoological Society London, British Science Association, Water Aid. Mentoring two arts based social enterprises. Emma Kirby: Investment banking, financial analysis, data analysis. Previous experience is farming, real estate, travel and retail. Currently training to be a Pilates instructor at the same time as banking and developing Blue Patch. Working on Blue Patch since 2011. Matt Beale-Collins: 12 years local government policy advisor on transport, energy and climate change (Surry County Council), founder of Community Cycleworks (Lottery funded) delivering ‘build a bike’ courses for young people in the most deprived parts of Southwark as a diversion from gang involvement. Working on Blue Patch since 2011. Suzanne Amos: content editor for Blue Patch. Journalist turned digital content editor, working freelance for London School of Economics, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, The National Gallery, University of East Anglia, Archant and HMRC.Qualified in interaction design and UX (usability and user experience). Working on Blue Patch since 2013 Steve McCluskey: graphic and web designer/developer co-founder Previously Senior Designer Novaidea, Powerhouse, Mesa- Lab, Olojin (co-founder). Working on Blue Patch since 2012.
  6. 6. We are a transparent business. We will publish our income, core costs and net surplus profit online.
  7. 7. 100 % of our net surplus profit will form the Blue Patch Foundation. • Renewable energy investment and R&D • Community projects suggested by our business members • Apprenticeships • Conservation • Education for sustainability • Closed loop economy to cut waste • Welcoming local initiatives for our elderly
  8. 8. We have a data base in excess of 500 potential members and we have spoken to all of them all! Many have been involved in our focus groups.
  9. 9. Not only a directory: • Business to business forums • People can connect to innovate through the forums • Accelerate closed loop manufacturing • Facilitate equipment sharing • Support for start ups • Cooperative buying • Work, train and volunteer section so you can pop in your postcode and fine local jobs • A forum to help young people with issues that occur in work. • Events and real time meet ups, pop up shops and Blue Patch Salons • Find out more: links to independent experts such as the FSC, MSC, Organic Soil Association and Ethical Consumer
  10. 10. The UK needs Blue Patch • We are ready to launch. We now need help to jump the initial income gap • Our financial forecast is very healthy (we have 4 year conservative projections showing a profit by year 2) • We are confident Blue Patch will be sustainable and can scale • Blue Patch canmake a difference to our economy, communities and environment • We open the doors to our 200 pioneer members over the next few weeks • We go live to the UK once we have the site ‘charged up’ with great things • We have a social media campaign at the ready Thanks for reading our proposal, the Blue Patch team