Social Investment Scotland is looking for fashion retailers to take part in its SIS Retail Academy this year, with the aim to support social enterprises scale up their businesses and bringing more ethical products to market.
Run in collaboration with Asda and supported by the Scottish Government, the academy is a two-day event taking place from 29th to 21st May, with an intensive programme of support and advice on offer to the social enterprises taking part. Fashion retailers in particular are being asked to help, with participating retailers invited to a pitch event during the Academy where the social enterprises can showcase their products. Retailers will then be able to give feedback and help the enterprises develop their pitch skills going forward. Discussions are available with individual social enterprises should the retailers seek them out.
Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland, said, “Ethical products with a social purpose are in much greater demand among consumers across the country. Our SIS Retail Academy offers retailers an invaluable opportunity to connect with social enterprises, share their expertise and meet that demand. For our social enterprises, it is a unique opportunity to learn from a group of retailers with considerable experience of what it takes, as a supplier, to succeed in such a highly competitive industry. “ Success stories of the Academy include Brewgooder and Heroes Drinks, which have both received national listings with Asda.
For more information call +44 (0)131 558 7706 or email Lindsay@socialinvestmentscotland.com