Businesses promote wares
Social enterprises put on a show for garden visitors
Eden Jewellery, selling products made by victims of trafficking in Asia, is among the enterprises exhibiting (photo by Terry Murden)
Visitors to Edinburgh’s Princes St Gardens are being invited to sample produce from Scotland’s social enterprise community.
The Social in The Gardens Festival being held today and tomorrow is organised by Edinburgh Social Enterprise and sponsored by Business Gateway Edinburgh following the success of the inaugural event last year.
More than 30 social enterprises are taking part, including Breadshare Community Bakery, Eden Jewellery, Ginerosity, Grassmarket Community Project and Edinburgh Art Collective.
Geoff Crowe of Breadshare and Anna Devitt, host for the event (pic: Terry Murden)
Advisers from the social enterprise sector will be on hand to offer information, advice and guidance on creating and running a successful social enterprise.
Susan Harkins, head of Business Gateway Edinburgh, said: “This is a perfect partnership for us to be involved in.”
Other sponsors include Link Group, The University of Edinburgh, PwC Edinburgh and the Scottish Government.
Ginerosity is the world’s first ‘social enterprise’ gin and is made by Pickering’s at its Summerhall distillery (pic: Terry Murden)
Claire Pattullo, chief executive of Edinburgh Social Enterprise, said: “We aim to reach as many members of the public as possible to increase their understanding of the good that social enterprises do for communities and encourage them to make a conscious decision to purchase from them.”
Anna Devitt, a comedian and contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, who presents comedy workshops to boost confidence, was host for the event which included a range of activities for the family, music on the Ross Bandstand, and a variety of local food and drink.
Laura Badham and Graeme Campbell, manning the Justice Brand staff (pic by Terry Murden)