SIS appeals for firms to sign up
Retailers urged to stock shelves with ethical products
Good deals brewing: Alastair Davis, CEO of SIS and Alan Mahon, Founder of Brewgooder
Retailers are being urged to help social enterprises increase the availability of ethical products on their shelves.
Social Enterprise Scotland wants them to sign up for its Retail Academy, developed in partnership with Asda and supported by the Scottish Government, offering a select group of social enterprises an intensive programme of support and advice.
The Academy is on the hunt for retailers to come on board for the two-day event in May to provide their opinions on the products which would sell best among their customers.
Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland, said: “Ethical products with a social purpose are in much greater demand among consumers across the country. Our SIS Retail Academy offers retailers an invaluable opportunity to connect with social enterprises, share their expertise and meet that demand.”
Since the inaugural Academy took place in 2016, companies such as Brewgooder and Heroes Drinks have received national listings with Asda, significantly increasing the size and scale of their operations, allowing them to create deeper, more sustainable social impacts.
Polly Jones, corporate affairs manager, Asda said: “The SIS Retail Academy has a been a great way for Asda to throw our weight behind the growing social enterprise movement, while discovering new products which we’ve been able to introduce to our stores across the UK.
“By harnessing the power of our retail experience and expertise, alongside our store estate and online shopping division, we can help social enterprises to access the large retail market whilst providing our customers with better access to ethical products.”