Blue Patch in 2019
It’s been quite the journey from our launch in 2014 to today.
We’ve spent the past few years working with hundreds of businesses and having thousands of conversations around the issues of sustainability, running a business and ethical living.
We’ve met some very cool, inspiring people and brands, put on some brilliant events, learned a whole lot ourselves and in the process turned 5! Cupcakes, anyone?
2019 was an eventful year.
In March, we curated a three week showcase at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester. Over 25 of our members’ products were in the museum shop and available for purchase.
We launched the 4th Blue Patch Sustainable Business Awards in May. In 4 years, the awards have grown from 1 category to 8, including the popular People’s Prize. Take a look at the winners of our various categories here.
In September we participated in London Design Fair for the 3rd time. Each year we’ve shown a selection of our members in a curated display. This year 13 of our members came together with their products for four days. Also, we became a LDF SuperBrand! See more here.
In conjunction with London Design Fair, we also launched our mini-magazine. If you missed picking up a copy, you can browse through it here.
Exciting news – We were shortlisted for the Best Charity or Social Enterprise award with Southwark Awards this year. Unfortunately we didn’t win, but thank you Southwark, for the honour.
In keeping with our ethos, we’ve planted one tree for each member that joined or renewed in 2019. Additionally, we invested in renewable energy shares with Brighton Energy Cooperative via Ethex.
We also put together some very exciting opportunities and partnerships for next year. Our members are going to be seen in some of the most high profile events and areas. Keep an eye out! For current opportunities, click here.
In the middle of the summer, we said goodbye to Lee Wilson, who worked largely with sales and memberships and welcomed Nicci Wright to the team.
Nicci is our Community Manager, which means that our members will be speaking to her on a regular basis. Originally from Salisbury, she has a degree in International Business from Greenwich University and comes to us via a career in software sales. When not at work, you could run into her at a sustainability event (take a peek at her blog about visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology), find her planning her next wellness event or looking for her next favourite read.
Finally, this year would not have been the same without the support of our Patrons – Thrive Renewables and Naturesave, as well as all our members and friends.
Thank you. We are very grateful.
We here at Blue Patch HQ wish you all a wonderful holiday season and start to the new year.