Our Social Enterprise of the Week:

Purple Shoots

Purple Shoots help entrepreneurs turn their business dreams into reality by providing them with business loans and support.

Their Vision / Mission:

Purple Shoots offer loan opportunities to entrepreneurs who have found it difficult to gain finance previously. This enables them to move forward with their business ideas and empowers them to overcome their challenges. The people Purple Shoots support have great business ideas but struggle to turn them into reality due to lack of funding. By helping people who are disadvantaged by circumstances, health, or disability Purple Shoots are enabling them to reach their full potential.

As well as providing funding to business owners Purple Shoots also help create Self-Reliant Groups within communities. These groups are a place for people of all ages and abilities to get together, sharing ideas, skills and opportunities. The support networks formed in these groups enable communities to help each other, reducing feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Why We Chose Them:

The past year has been difficult for many small businesses, so it’s fantastic that Purple Shoots are there to offer financial support and advice to those that are struggling. Purple Shoots have also been helping their Self-Reliant Group members organise an online Christmas Market as well as other online events while people are unable to meet face to face.

The Work They Do:

How They Align With Our Values:

Purple Shoots create opportunities for people who may not otherwise have had access to them. This aligns closely with our social mission here at Ground Up Digital. We offer jobs to people who may have struggled previously to find employment and provide them with training in our digital marketing agency. We believe everyone deserves the same chances in life regardless of disability, neurodiversity or past mistakes and it’s obvious Purple Shoots share this value too.

You can read more about our values here: https://groundup.digital/our-values/

How You Can Support Them:

Purple Shoots are looking for volunteers, donations, and investors to help them continue to empower entrepreneurs. Find out more here: https://purpleshoots.org/support/