Fashion firm boss to take part in social enterprise conference

Fashion firm boss to take part in social enterprise conference

by Henry James (November 2021)

A BOSS of a social enterprise in Skelmersdale has been invited to interview one of the judges from the BBC show The Great British Sewing Bee at a conference on how businesses can help communities.

Paula Gamester, who is a director at the Sewing Rooms, a business that trades to tackle social problems, will be asking questions to Patrick Grant at the annual Social Enterprise Futures festival on Monday, November 15.

Social Enterprise Futures is a national digital festival for those who believe that, “changing how we do business is vital to building a fairer, more sustainable world.”

The aim of Sewing Rooms is to improve the, “health and wellbeing of the communities they work with, as well as improve peoples’ life chances.”

They do this, “through bespoke training workshops and a manufacturing department that makes soft furnishings, accessories and bespoke upholstery for private and corporate clients.”

Paula said: “Social enterprises hold the solution to many of the issues facing society today.

“I will be asking Patrick what motivated him set up his social enterprise Community Clothing CIC.

“I’ve been involved in sewing, textiles and fashion ever since my mum bought me a second-hand sewing machine when I was 14 years old and I decided to redesign my school uniform turning my skirt into a pair of hotpants and my blazer into a bolero jacket.

“I turned up for school thinking I looked gorgeous!

“Unfortunately, the headteacher sent me home to get changed!

“I’ve been disrupting and creating ever since turning my passion into an award winning social enterprise (The Sewing Rooms) that creates employment for local women.

“I cant wait to meet Patrick and ask him what inspired him into the world of fashion and textiles, as well as hearing all about his passion for sustainable fashion.”

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