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Date Posted: 20 July 2017
Social enterprise CLARITY has recently arranged a deal with EY for its products to be trialled in our offices. The organisation joined our London Accelerate programme this year, and has used our mentoring and networking opportunities to work towards its mission to train and support people with disabilities.
We caught up with Camilla Marcus-Dew, Head of Commercial at CLARITY, ahead of this month’s Accelerate launches in Leeds and Manchester to discuss her work and experience on our programme.
At The Soap Co., and parent company CLARITY, over 80% of our staff are blind, disabled or disadvantaged. Through the manufacturing of hand wash and other cleaning products, we provide them with training and employment. Increasing our sales to consumers and corporations, large and small, helps us support even more individuals.
Across the UK there are more than 1 million disabled people who want to work but are currently unable to do so. We think they all deserve a chance, so there’s lots of work for us to do!
An area of real growth for us is supplying companies and organisations, for example our eco-foaming hand wash is now used in the Cabinet Office and Camden Market. A large firm could purchase 10,000 litres of soap per year. This would create 1,600 hours of employment and allow us to employ an additional 8 people. Each partnership has the potential to change lives.
This is why we are endeavouring to work with as many large corporations as possible. If we could start selling to an extra 50 organisations, (our target for the year) it would make such a difference and allow us to support so many more blind, disabled and disadvantaged people. This is how EY Foundation’s Accelerate programme has been supporting us.
EY Foundation’s business mentoring is helping us develop our offer for large organisations, making sure we are aware of what they want and that we can deliver it. The networking events have provided opportunities to build relations and showcase our new business offerings. Simply put, we would not have made the progress we have in recent months without EY Foundation’s support.