eBay UK has announced a three year multi-million pound training and finance support package for retail businesses within the social enterprise sector. The ‘eBay for Change’ programme aims to create jobs and opportunities in marginalised and vulnerable communities which have been hardest hit socially and economically by COVID-19 by helping to grow community based businesses.

To deliver the programme, eBay has partnered with Social Enterprise UK which our own Michael Sheen is an active supporter of, and the World Fairtrade Organisation to give global shop fronts to small businesses who reinvest their profits back into their communities here in the UK or abroad.

‘eBay for Change’ will be a hub on eBay UK connecting its 29 million UK shoppers with these small businesses each with a clear social mission. As the programme builds in the coming months, up to 50 businesses will start trading on the hub with this number expected to grow significantly as it scales.

Through an in-depth package of support, including zero fees, one to one digital skills training and a significant marketing investment to bring buyers to these businesses, eBay aims to positively impact thousands of jobs and livelihoods across the UK over the next three years.

Chris Gale is Head of Social Impact at eBay, he told us…..

“Customers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of where they choose to spend their money- whether it’s supporting small businesses or charities. With eBay for Change, customers will receive a great product, as well as the satisfaction that the proceeds from their purchase will make a real difference and support communities.”

Mandy Powell founder of social enterprise firm The Good Wash Company told us…..

“Social impact is at the heart of everything we do at goodwash. We use our profits and our business model to support local sustainable projects that make a real difference. For example during the first lockdown, Goodwash donated over 20,000 wash packages for staff and patients to the NHS trust in England and Wales.
 
The more people buy, the more good we can do – with eBay’s reach, we are excited about what this means.
 
We wanted to create a product that would look good in the finest of washrooms from Port Talbot to New York, feel good on the most sensitive of skin, hair and fur all while doing good by improving the lives of animals and people in our local communities.”

The Good Wash Company was set up right here in Wales and are changing the world one wash at a time. They are absolutely Welsh through and through. To find out more about them, go HERE.

We’ve been speaking to eBay UK’s Chris Gale and Mandy Powell founder of The Good Wash Company to find out more about eBay For Change.

CHRIS GALE & MANDY POWELL

Every purchase through the scheme will have a direct positive impact on supporting disadvantaged communities – whether that’s providing job or training opportunities to people with a physical or learning disability or tackling social problems like homelessness, exclusion or abandoned children, improving people’s life chances, or helping the environment.

The social enterprise sector has seen huge growth over the last few years and accounts for 2 million jobs in the UK, bringing in over £60 billion to the UK economy.

Through an in-depth package of support, including zero fees, one to one digital skills training and a significant marketing investment to bring buyers to these businesses, eBay aims to positively impact thousands of jobs and livelihoods across the UK over the next three years.

eBay UK and UnLtd, who are specialists in supporting social entrepreneurs to develop their business, will work with at least 100 social entrepreneurs in the first year, providing training, coaching and financial support to help grow their businesses and the impact they have on the communities they serve.

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