Talking Heads – Retail for Change
In our new Talking Heads – Retail for Change series we’ll be looking at how social enterprises and mission-driven businesses continue to make a measurable contribution to the economy and the Covid-19 recovery of the UK. At SIS, we continue to support these businesses and organisations and help them grow their activity through our business support and investment. A key priority is to ensure consumers and businesses can purchase products and services from social enterprises.
Talking Heads – Retail for Change
Through a short series of retail and product focussed interview sessions, we are keen for you to hear from some of the inspiring businesses who are successfully delivering social and environmental impact through their products, services or experiences.
In each of these sessions, we’ll be joined by a social entrepreneur who has started up and grown a business in a very competitive and busy marketplace. They will share their experiences and provide insights into their strategic journey, their operational challenges and opportunities along the way.
We are delighted SIS entrepreneur in residence Ingrid Webb, former CEO of Cope and now a consultant, Light Blue See, will host these sessions. Ingrid will share her extensive experience leading a large, successful and impactful social enterprise based in Shetland.
Please read on for more information about Ingrid and the social entrepreneurs joining us. Register your place here.
Your Host for ‘Talking Heads Retail for Change’- Ingrid Webb, SIS Social Entrepreneur in Residence
Ingrid has a 30-year career working in public and third sector organisations in Scotland and Australia, promoting and developing meaningful social change. She has significant experience leading complex organisations, supporting excellence within organisational practice, leading strategic planning, developing cohesive and effective teams, leading change, and supporting financial sustainability.
Ingrid’s experiences have shaped a real understanding of the challenges faced by social enterprises operating within an ever-changing retail market and she fully supports the emergence of a wellbeing economy. Ingrid was CEO of COPE ltd., an award-winning retail based social enterprise, for ten years. Ingrid is also the founder of Light Blue See consultancy, which is focused on supporting social and community organisations to thrive. Ingrid was a Board member of Social Enterprise Scotland for over four years between 2017 and 2021 and was recently appointed as our Social Entrepreneur in Residence.
Sam Moir, Founder, Merry-go-round
Sam Moir set up Merry-go-round in 2011 in response to seeing how much baby and children’s stuff went to waste and the need to change perceptions and access to second hand goods. The shop is about to celebrate it’s 10th birthday and in that time has doubled in size and grown to a staff team of 13.
Its aim is to encourage people to purchase second hand over new, as well as supporting families with low cost goods and events. Setting up Merry-go-round came from direct experience of working for (the now named) Circular Communities Scotland, supporting a range of community reuse and recycling projects and wanted to put it into action herself. Having a son in 2009 gave her a whole new perspective on baby stuff and crucially the need for supportive community spaces to bring people together. Alongside running Merry-go-round, Sam also works for Zero Waste Scotland running the Revolve quality standard for second hand goods and other re-use projects.
Mandy Powell, Founder, The Goodwash Company
Mandy, an ex Welsh International Hockey and Touch Rugby Player previously worked as UK Business & Marketing Manager within a corporate for over 10 years. Fundamentally a disruptor with a desire to make a difference, Mandy questioned the bigger purpose.
Mandy is passionate about improving the lives of animals and driving a conscious consumer movement. Mandy hopes to use all her learnings from sport and the commercial world to create a sustainable business that achieves social change for both animals and people.