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:
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:
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.
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Just a shade under 14 days to go, and we're 58% funded. Thank you to everyone who has helped us jump 20% in just these past few days. We appreciate every last bit, and more than the money, we appreciate the support from all of you wonderful people. A little over 5 weeks to go till October 1st! We can’t wait to see Dulwich Village buzzing on the day with all our wonderful Blue Patch businesses and their products. Plus we’re excited to see you all there as well. We’ve still got a little over £1,000 to raise so please share this project with people that might be interested in helping us out. Also, we’ll take all the social media shares, likes, tweets and re-tweets that we can get! The more, the merrier.
We've got just a little over 6 weeks before our event and it's all hands on deck here at Blue Patch HQ. We've raised £1,010 out of our target of £2,623 and have 18 days to raise the rest - we need all the help we can get! So many exciting things will be happening at the event. Quite aside from all the beautiful products to purchase, and the food to try, there will also be free information for people hoping to start sustainable businesses. We're welcoming the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Kath Whittam, who will open the department store and present the Blue Patch New Business awards for 2016 to some very deserving businesses. We're also looking forward to our afternoon conversation chaired by Helen Hayes, the MP for Dulwich and Norwood. Please take a moment to share this link on your social media, or to friends and family who can chip in a little. We greatly appreciate all your support here at Blue Patch HQ. Looking forward to see you at the Department Store on Oct 1st!
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