All Together Edinburgh has received £10,000 of funding through Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards to expand its business.
The company runs a charity shop in Edinburgh providing practical work experience and training for adults with learning disabilities, helping them to develop skills for employment including team building, communication and self-confidence. Participants work on an accredited training programme which helps develop basic work skills, health and safety, stock and display, cash register use, customer care and interview skills. Placements last for a year and once they’ve ended All Together Edinburgh supports its trainees by helping them move on to further employment or educational opportunities.
Graham Silcock, Regional Director, Santander, said: “At Santander we are committed to supporting communities and the Social Enterprise Development Awards were set up to help enterprises in Scotland looking to expand. All Together Edinburgh is running a very successful social business and their plans to expand to a second site impressed the judges. We’re very pleased to be able to help them realise their goals.”
Debbie Douglas, Project Manager, All Together Edinburgh, said: “Charity shops are currently performing exceptionally well in the Edinburgh area and opening up on high streets around the city. Over the last two years of trading we’ve experienced repeat and new custom and our sales have increased. With the Santander award we’ll now be able to progress with our plans for growth and look for a suitable second site.”
Santander’s 2013 Social Enterprise Development Awards saw a further eight awards given to social enterprises in Scotland. Grampian Credit Union won the £50,000 prize whilst Giraffe Trading CIC, New Caledonian Woodlands, Fly Cup Catering and Wigtownshire Community Transport each received £20,000 awards. Kidz-Eco, Borders Scrap Store and Iceberg Print and Design were each awarded £10,000 alongside All Together Edinburgh.
The Awards are part of Santander’s commitment to supporting small businesses in the UK. Social enterprises play a vital role in local communities by helping to deliver social regeneration and the SEDA scheme aims to help those with potential to expand their work.
Alongside the prize money, winning social enterprises receive access to support from Santander including mentoring programmes, funding for internships and bespoke training.
Winning organisations will also receive valuable input from Scottish Community Foundation which will work with them to assess the social impact of their business and the prize fund on local communities.