Realise Futures urges people to Buy Social to support their community

Realise Futures St Lawrence Cafe
Some of the team at St Lawrence Cafe in Ipswich

Realise Future has joined a national campaign encouraging shoppers and local businesses to use their spending power to build a better world and support their community.

Ipswich-based Realise Futures ploughs all its profits back into its business with a social mission to improve and promote the economic wellbeing of people who are disadvantaged and/or disabled.

Realise Futures is taking part in the Buy Social for a Better World Campaign urging consumers and local businesses to spend their money with social enterprises and create a positive impact through their everyday spend.

On Social Saturday – 12th October – Realise Futures’ wholefood shop Poppy’s Pantry in Woodbridge is giving away tasters of vegan brownies. Also open for Social Saturday is Realise Futures’ community café, St Lawrence Café in Ipswich (picture attached).

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Business Systems Director Jane Sutton said: “All the profits generated by our commercial businesses get ploughed back into the company to create more jobs and learning opportunities for people with disadvantages and/or disabilities.

“For example, if you buy a coffee and cake at one of our cafes, or buying a recycled plastic bench, or have our fresh vegetables delivered to your doorstep by one of our staff, you are helping us help people who face the most barrier to employment and people in your community. It makes sense to buy social and make a difference.”

Realise Futures runs six social businesses in Suffolk – Eco Furniture and Fulfilment in Ipswich, a veggie delivery box delivery service from Growing Places in Claydon, a plant nursery at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, a wholefood shop Poppy’s Pantry in Melton, and community café St Lawrence Café in Ipswich.

Buy Social for a Better World campaign is being supported by Hollywood star, Michael Sheen, author and activist Caitlin Moran, actor and comedian Chris Addison, and writer Sali Hughes.

Commenting on the campaign, Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK (which is behind Buy Social for a Better World) said:

“All businesses must do more to meet the urgent challenges ahead; social enterprises are at the forefront of developing the solutions and fairness that we need.

“Social enterprises are the future of business – they are growing right across our economy and scaling quickly, creating outstanding products whilst doing what’s right for people and planet. Whether it’s creating fair and secure work or running renewable community energy schemes, they offer a beacon of hope and a blueprint towards a more sustainable and fairer future.

“However, in order to succeed, social enterprises need your support. Consumers have real power and social enterprises can only create impact if people continue to buy from them. When you buy social, you’re helping to build a better world.”

There are more than 100,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £60 billion to the economy.