TL/DR – We’re going to be short-staffed for a week/would you like to invest to make us bigger and have more staff?
I’ve talked here before about how tiny we are.
I’m saying the same things again as, by the magic of technology, I’ve written this ahead, and when this gets published, I will be on leave for a week, until the 12 September.
That means no full time body in the office until Monday 15th. Catherine will be here every morning as usual, and Gill will be here for the three part days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – but that means we will be shut on Monday and Friday afternoons. There will be no-one here then for local collection of pants, and there will be no-one answering the phone or emails at those times. It also means that enquiries will pile up and we might take a while to get back to you. We will though – and we thank you in advance for bearing with us.
Remember – contact us by phone or email for the best and fastest reposnses
But there’s something else about this too.
Social businesses are started, and run, for love, not money. And lots of them end up making good money – TOMS Shoes is currently valued at a huge £377m. But at the start, which we still are in a lot of ways, earned money has to be supplemented with grants to get going. We started by teaching English, then sewing, then employability. Before we’d made a single pair of pants, we’d spent thousands and thousands of pounds, and months and months of work, on training.
We’re still partly grant funded, even though our sales, thanks to you, have come a long way. But there’s still a gap. And when you consider what we want to do – not just what we are doing – the gap gets bigger.
We have a waiting list of 75 women who want jobs.
Our orders have doubled.
Our factory team has doubled.
Our office staffing has not.
We need money to grow.
We want Catherine here full time so there is always someone to answer your calls. We want packers, dedicated to packing pants, to broaden our teams experience here and introduce them to the office side of things.
We’ve received some private investment. And we’re in the process of asking for more. Our very first investor was a supporter, someone who was in a place in her life where she wanted to help organisations she believed in and had the capacity to make that happen. We’re wondering – are there more people like her out there?
If this sounds like something you’re interested in knowing more about please drop us a line – we’d love to talk.
We *will* grow. And we *will* get bigger one way or another. We’re determined to. And in the meantime, thanks. thanks for bearing with us through the growing pains.
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