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UK's first Sustainable Department Store

Funded on Spacehive 2 September 2016

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UK's first Sustainable Department Store

UK's first Sustainable Department Store

Blue Patch By Blue Patch

Britain's First Sustainable Department Store for the Day brings 200 of Britain's most inventive, cutting edge and sustainable businesses to the heart of the high street.

Southwark Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 02 Sep 2016!

On October 1st we're opening the doors to Britain's First Sustainable Department Store for the Day and inviting you to meet and buy from independent and ethically minded small businesses. You can even bring your own ideas for starting a business and get free expert advice and find volunteers at our Business Hub - the place where everyone can exchange ideas, create partnerships and make friends. The afternoon debate: 'The High Street of the Future' is designed to get everyone chipping in with ideas and includes an expert panel of economists, environmentalists, local businesses and visitors. We want to use this event to pave the way for an annual tour to different London boroughs and counties. We want to capture on film the energy that's powering London's sustainable and independent businesses and to share your ideas for bringing the high streets back to life.

What we'll deliver:

  • 200 small businesses featured both virtually and 'in the flesh'
  • Present the winners of the first Blue Patch New Business Awards
  • Share business skills, network and collaborate in the Business Hub
  • Film the event - capturing the energy of this new movement
  • Launch Britain's First Sustainable Department Store for the Day

Why it's a great idea:

Our store will introduce visitors to sustainability and local entrepreneurship, enabling them to spend money in their own community. We're aiming to energise the green economy under one roof - it's the start of a movement. The enthusiasm and knowledge of our talented Blue Patch members demonstrates successful local enterprise in action - we know they'll inspire and encourage more people to start businesses - come and meet them on October 1st

Steps to get it done:

  • Hire of the Parish Hall
  • Hiring table coverings, display rails, extra lighting and wifi booster
  • Making a film of Britain's First Sustainable Department Store

As a social enterprise 100% of Blue Patch's income supports independent business, any surplus will be invested in renewable energy, community programmes and increasing wildlife habitats. Our mission is to inspire the development of a new local economy that will bring happiness, equality and sustainability to all.


Location Southwark

About the space


London Borough of Southwark

How will the money be spent?Total £2,575

Film of the event - £1,500 (58%)
Hire of the hall - £450 (17%)
Hire for the table coverings, wifi and lighting - £450 (17%)
Other - £175 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Film of the event
Hire of the hall
Hire for the table coverings, wifi and lighting
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £2,575

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Ex display or unwanted 'box style' table covers, plain grey or cream or other unobtrusive colour. Washable cotton or cotton mix and where we can 'patch over' with our own logo.
  • Screens (freestanding) to create a small changing room and a full length free standing mirror.

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