A Social Enterprise Marketplace Is Hitting Old Street This October

Social Saturday is back on October 14th. In case you hadn’t heard of it before, it’s a national campaign to get people buying from social enterprises… so, right up...

Social Saturday is back on October 14th. In case you hadn’t heard of it before, it’s a national campaign to get people buying from social enterprises… so, right up our street! There will be events happening across the country to mark the occasion, but we wanted to tell you about a really exciting one happening right on our doorstep the day before. Social enterprise workspace The Trampery in Old Street is teaming up with communications agency Good Apples for a one-off social marketplace, bringing together 15 of the most excellent ethical enterprises our city has to offer.

Among the crowd, you’ll be pleased to see two GOtilo faves pitching-up: life-changing ethical fitness movement The Hard Yard and women-empowering slow fashion brand Juta Shoes. Juta will be running one of those shoe-making workshops we keep banging on about. You’ll get the chance to learn the intricate hand-stitching technique from the women whose lives have been turned around by Juta AND walk away with a new pair of espadrille slides. Book online here… and don’t forget to claim your 10% discount off any purchase using the code GOTILO.


The full list of enterprises taking part can be found here, but we’ve got a little taster of the range of ethical wares you can find on the day:

Nemi Teas will be selling their delicious Indian teas. Nemi provides employment opportunities to refugees in their tea stalls across London food markets, festivals, events and conferences, helping them better integrate in the UK. You’ll be able to peruse and purchase ground-breaking art from Artbox – a social enterprise supporting people with learning disabilities to create, exhibit and sell their artwork.

Why not feast on Rise Bakery’s delicious cakes and brownies? They’re all baked by people who used to be homeless alongside professional chefs with profits going to support their parent charity, Providence Row. And if you want an outfit to go with your new Juta shoes, then you’ll have a choice of social enterprise fashion brands to choose from, including Thraedable a homewares store which brings together ethically-made products from makers facing social challenges.

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We love that there’s a whole day dedicated to buying social, but our mission is to turn Social Saturday into Social Everyday. Why not join our growing community of ethical explorers on Facebook to share your ideas about how we can make this a reality?

Hey Good Spender will be taking place on Friday 13th October at The Trampery, 239 Old Street. Get there from 4pm.

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