Business Angels and Stars

Angels and Stars is a new initiative that connects individuals and companies with start-ups and social enterprises that would benefit from a helping hand. Angels fund the Stars Blue Patch membership, providing them with a digital showcase, access to opportunities such as Positive Shopping, networking and our events.

What makes an Angel?

blue circular Blue patch Angel logo

Angels are individuals and business owners, connected by their desire to step up and get involved with their local community though supporting a Star. Angels fund Stars Blue Patch Enterprise membership.

What makes a Star?

circular star logo in blue

A Star is a young brand or social enterprise that will benefit from Blue Patch membership. Blue Patch will help Stars to launch a new product or service, get online and give them access to opportunities and training.

Where did the idea come from? Our Founder Angel, Karen Harvey!

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.

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, so each product that you purchase will become part of your personal story. Each product reflects Hoos’ values and individual aesthetic, exceeding in both quality and style.

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.

Bare Bones Chocolate

Stars

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

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 Plastics immediately offered!

British Recycled Plastics

Angels no. 2!

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

The Clink Charity

Stars no. 2!

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

Why be an Angel?

  • It’s a great way to support a young business, charity or social enterprise that could benefit from Blue Patch’s opportunities and network.
  • It’s a great way to give back to your local community, particularly if you choose to support a business that comes from your community that fits our criteria.
  • It’s a great way to support the work we do with small businesses in the UK and Ireland.

Feeling Angelic?

If you would like to become an Angel and support a business Star we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to suggest the business you’d like to enrol in the scheme, or we can help you find a business to support.

Gold Angel programme – launches 2022

Want to go that bit further? From autumn 2021 you can become a Gold Angel.

This programme will include gifting membership along with a place on Blue Patch’s training programme and a showcase.

Becoming a Gold Angel means your support can stretch even further. The primary focus is to match support to hard to reach, diverse SMEs and to work closely with Local Authorities and community groups.

Please sign up to our newsletter for updates and contact us if you’d like to find out more.

Contact Jane Langley or Margy Newens on joinus@bluepatch.org 02077387267