A book fair, free trips up an iconic building in Devonport and retail therapy with Fairtrade goodies are all activities in Plymouth that are set to mark the UK’s first ‘Social Saturday’ on 13th September 2014.
Social Saturday is a national event designed to boost the number of consumers buying from Britain’s 70,000 plus social enterprises – businesses with a social mission that reinvest their profits for good.
In Plymouth alone, Column Bakehouse, run by the Real Ideas Organisation in Devonport Guildhall, is offering free trips up the Grade 1 listed Devonport Column. Plymouth Play Association is running a special book fair from their scrapstore on Union Street and Fairport encourage you to buy Fairtrade goods from their store in the Pannier Market in the City Centre.
Claire Burgess, Commercial Manager at Real Ideas Organisation, said: “Plymouth is one of the country’s first Social Enterprise Cities and we are one of the leading places for Social Saturday. “We invite people to come and celebrate here with us at the Devonport Guildhall and see what a social enterprise can do.”
Other social enterprises celebrating the day include Bread and Roses pub on Ebrington Street and Effervescent in their newly opened arts café, Rumpus Cosy, on Derry’s Cross. Blue Parakeet Coaching CIC and Iridescent Ideas CIC are also offering discounts on their services purchased on that day.
Social Saturday aims to reach thousands of people to raise awareness of social enterprises and to encourage people to spend their money with them.
Peter Holbrook, CEO of the campaigning body, Social Enterprise UK, said: “When you buy a product or a service from a social enterprise, you directly make a positive difference to the world you live in.
“Through Social Saturday we want to help people find social enterprises to help them improve their local communities and the lives of people who are less fortunate and need a helping hand.”
To find out more about Social Saturday and how you can get involved visit www.socialsaturday.org.uk. To keep abreast of Social Saturday news follow the #socialsaturday hashtag on Twitter.