Business Angels and Stars

The UK has a commitment to meet Net Zero 2050 and this requires every businesses, no matter what size or stage of development, to become more sustainable.

For a small business this is a steep learning curve; many need a helping hand, so Blue Patch has created an accessible programme ‘LET’S DO NET ZER0 to get businesses auditing their carbon emissions and setting reduction targets in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

To enable Blue Patch to deliver this national programme we’re seeking ‘Angels’.

Are you an Angel?

Angels are philanthropists, generous individuals and established businesses – anyone prepared to support a ‘Star’ start up, not-for-profit and micro enterprise, to participate in LET”S DO NET ZER0.

Blue Patch is a social enterprise, established in 2014, for people, planet and good purpose.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea for Angels and Stars was born when Karen Harvey, owner of Glasgow lifestyle store Hoos, offered to sponsor a Blue Patch membership for a local start-up chocolatier.

Our very first Star Bare Bones Chocolate is an ethical company with a strong sustainability core. This includes fair wages, a transparent supply chain and a careful consideration of waste materials and packaging.

After much thought we decided to extend this idea and create a network of individuals and larger companies that want to give another businesses a helping hand. British Recycled Plastic immediately offered!

LET’S DO NET ZER0 the programme

The programme includes getting to grips with the terminology, using a carbon calculator, setting a baseline year, downloading reports, creating an environmental strategy and a recap quiz. Once the programme is completed badges are awarded to participants. Stars then present their achievements online via Blue Patch’s blog and social media.

Stars showcase

Showcases give a bit of extra exposure to a small business, communicate who you supported and why to your clients, employees and stakeholders. Blue Patch can project manage showcases.

How much does it cost?

Angels contribute £500, matched in kind by Blue Patch, rounding the course off at £1,000. Blue Patch can also shortlist inclusive and diverse micro-enterprises.

Would you like information? Please contact Jane Langley or Margy Newens on joinus@bluepatch.org 02077387267

Karen Harvey, Hoos, Glasgow

Founder Angel!

Hoos is a design and lifestyle store located in Glasgow’s West End. They stock a unique curation of goods from iconic Nordic design houses to handmade, local wares made here in Scotland and beyond. They feel passionately about simple and functional design that stands the test of time.

Bare Bones Chocolate

Stars

Bare Bones Chocolate is a micro-batch, bean to bar chocolate company based in Glasgow created by Cameron and Lara. They wanted to create their own brand that was built on incredible chocolate with impeccable detail through every process.

British Recycled Plastic

Angels

Now we’re delighted to announce that our own Silver Patrons, British Recycled Plastic have stepped up to become our second Angels by supporting membership for The Clink Charity.

The Clink Charity

Stars

The Clink trains prisoners in skills such as catering and growing food, helping them gain confidence and find suitable work upon release.

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