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ReTweed is a brand new enterprise based in the fishing town of Eyemouth in South East Scotland – offering women a new way to think about their futures by gaining the skills and experience for creative industry and enterprise whilst producing amazing and original furnishings and fashions.

With a growing demand for ethical fashion, crafts and furnishings; ReTweed wants to harness that market, meeting both social and environmental objectives, providing successful manufacturing, creative industry and unique and quality products for their customers.

As well as delivering craft, design and technology training and teaching sewing competency, this pioneering social enterprise also delivers on the Greener Scotland agenda of reducing, re-using and recycling. At least 70% of materials will be recycled and our products are made using environmentally sound methods. They aim to raise awareness of environmental and social issues with the Borders community and their customer base. Most importantly ReTweed improves skills and confidence and provides routes into education and employment for women.

Essentially women in Berwickshire will have the opportunity through their FREE TRAINING PROGRAMME, learn basic skills in craft, design and technology. Each student will learn how to use a sewing machine and create a range of furnishings, fashions and crafts which will be sold to raise money for ReTweed – promoting community good.

They will support all their students to identify their creative skills, strengths and aspirations and partners in Business Gateway, Borders College and across the Borders community will work with them to deliver opportunities for further learning and career pathways, including promoting opportunities for students to develop their own enterprises whilst simultaneously growing the potential for an outstanding creative business (ReTweed) for Berwickshire.

They are running a rolling programme of 10 week training programmes going forward from May 2016 (funding permitting) and each trainee will create at least 10 items which will be sold at local craft fairs, through local retailers and online.

ReTweed is an aspirational project which provides creative and inspiring employability and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in a community often forgotten in the wider national initiatives.

They developed this project over 18 months, researching a wide range of social and community enterprises from across the UK, EU and as far afield as Africa, harvesting the best of ‘what works’ in terms women’s training, enterprise and creative and manufacturing initiatives.

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Company Registration No. 278156. Scottish Charity No. SC 029210