Blue Patch was founded in 2014 as an ethical collective with a focus on products made or manufactured in the UK and Ireland.
Shoppers browse our website and buy directly from our collective – we take no commission on sales made this way.
We do a limited number of events each year.
In 2019 we did a 3 week showcase at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, a stand at London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery and the Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards ceremony in London. Find out more about current opportunities for members.
We hold regular networking events like business breakfasts where members come together to meet and discuss issues related to sustainability and small business. We also blog about these issues. Find our thoughts here.
Our ethos sets our collective apart
Did you know that we are a social enterprise? Every penny made supports our members, renewable energy, conservation and community programmes.
We work with communities to fund clean energy, respond to the climate emergency and stimulate green jobs in a practical way. Last year, we invested in Brighton Energy Cooperative’s Solar Schools. This year we’re investing in the Low Carbon Hub, Oxfordshire.
We are sustainable
Members manufacture their products in the UK or Ireland. We are proud to include Cumbrian weavers, Shropshire chair-makers, Stoke potteries, London bakers, Glasgow bee-savers, Cardiff shoemakers and Manchester fashionistas to our ranks.
We also welcome Global Impact members to the Blue Patch community. These are impact-driven businesses working with international artisans while creating ethical partnerships, generating positive change in communities and maintaining a fair and transparent supply chain.
‘We are delighted by beautiful things, made with skill and integrity. From Orkney to Lands End, Blue Patch curators are discovering a renaissance in artisanship and local manufacturing. We bring these exceptional products and services directly to our customers.’ Jane Langley, CEO.
Are you a sustainable business owner?
Blue Patch is a collaborative business network. We’d love to hear from you. To know more about becoming a member, click here.
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Blue Patch is a member of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprise – business with a social or environmental mission.