September 13 is Social Saturday, a day to celebrate and buy from social enterprises – businesses that put people and planet first. Every purchase we make has an impact on the world we live in. Social enterprises trade to tackle some of the greatest challenges we face, like unemployment and food waste. Find out more >>>>
NESEP and the FSB have put together a social enterprise gift guide to help you shop social this weekend. If you’re a social enterprise, why not add your products/services using the reply box below?
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Lithic Fire is inspired by the people who lived in Northumberland 3500 years ago, the Neolithic people. They camped beside the banks of the Rivers Tweed and Till where they caught salmon and hunted wild animals in the now unimaginable wilderness that surrounded them. They made their own stone tools to build shelter and prepare their food. They may have made a simple ring of stones to contain a fire on which to cook and take comfort from under a canopy of stars. Lithic Fire aims to inspire modern people to experience something of the way that our ancestors lived all those years ago. A Firepit from Lithic Fire is a unique creation forged from steel and stone to last a lifetime. A large fire chamber with steel walls at least 5mm thick will age in the outside air but will not fall apart after a summer or two. It is deliberately primitive in its construction to give an authentic flavour of outdoor cooking.
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The Tyneside Cinema
Tyneside Cinema is the North East’s premier independent cinema, screening the best films from around the world in beautiful 1930s Art Deco surroundings. As an organisation, it is committed to affecting social change through education and community engagement, and making a positive impact on the environment. With help from a public fundraising campaign, Tyneside Cinema recently renovated an empty shop unit on the Pilgrim Street frontage of the cinema in Newcastle, which has now reopened as Tyneside Bar Café. Tyneside Cinema’s new exhibition space and cinema screen The Gallery opens on Friday 19 September; a free daily art programme starts with EDIT, a video installation by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
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The Electric Bike Shed
Sports Recycler was founded in 2005 to promote a healthier lifestyle, encourage recycling, provide services for the benefit of the community and offer training and work experience for people who are disadvantaged in the mainstream job market. The company takes donations of unwanted cycles and refurbishes them for low cost sale and re-use in the community; bikes are also made available to long-term unemployed people newly back to work through various job support agencies. Sports Recycler sells a range of electric bikes through its sister company, The Electric Bike Shed.
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The White T-Shirt Co.
Founded on the values of responsible manufacturing and design, The White T-Shirt Company is committed to ethical production that is conscious of its impact on the environment. Using ethically grown organic cotton from Turkey, and environmentally friendly manufacturers in Denmark, The White T-shirt Co packages and distributes a range of high-quality garments from its North Shields base.
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Jesmond Community Leisure
Jesmond Pool is an award winning social enterprise, operating as a charity since re-opening under community management in 1992. The centre offers a full range of sporting and physical activities for everyone, including a full range of water activities, two fitness suites, a multi-purpose dance and activity room, massage and therapy room and a poolside sauna and steam room.
Book classes today >>>>
Bill Quay Community Farm
Bill Quay Community Farm is a treasured green space on the edge of Gateshead. Farming for fun, learning, food and wellbeing, there is always something going on at the farm. Since July 2013, the farm has been run by Bill Quay Community Farm Association; a registered charity which operates the farm on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of the wider community.
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Plan B Furniture and Goods
Plan-B Furniture and Goods is part of NBZ Enterprises Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit social enterprise base in the north east. Everything the organisation does benefits the community and the environment. Any surplus income we make is re-invested back into providing other services and help for local communities and local people.
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Founded in 2012, TASTECLUB sources, promotes and sells food and drink products, gifts and experiences on behalf of the North’s leading food and drink talents. TASTECLUB connects consumers with the people and stories which lie behind some of Britain’s greatest food and drink. In 2013 tasteclubhq.com – a curated selection of the finest food and drink gifts – was launched. TASTECLUB is offering a special Social Saturday discount this Saturday, 13 September – use code ‘SS10’ at checkout to get 10% off.
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Jazz.coop is a community cooperative set up to support the rehearsal, performance, promotion and development of jazz, poetry, dance and related arts. It is the first cooperative in the UK to own a music venue and education centre – at the Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne. The co-op organises gigs and workshops there and at other venues. The co-ops new jazz education programme begins this October, booking is available now.
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South Tyneside Gymnastics
South Tyneside Gymnastics and Wellbeing Centre Community Interest Company took over running the Centre in May and has ambitious plans for further improvements to encourage more local people to participate in sport, fitness and fun activities. Eight of gymnasts from the centre were recently chosen to represent Great Britain at the 8th World Age Group Compétitions in Paris; the team brought back two bronze medals. There’s a fun packed programme of activities for all ages at the gym this season.
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Goodmoves is the premier careers hub for the charity, NGO and voluntary sector. The site offers low cost, fixed rate job advertisements, specially tailored to the needs of social enterprises and third sector organisations. In 2014, Goodmoves moved into England by way of a partnership with the North East Social Enterprise Partnership.
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