SPINNA Circle is delighted to be working with NatWest bank to develop a bespoke business mentoring programme, specifically tailored to the needs of female entrepreneurs in fashion and textiles. The new programme launched on 20th September 2013 at the NatWest Office in Drummonds Bank and was attended by seven female entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.
Adopting best practises at SSE London – linking women in the UK
SPINNA Circle Founder and Director Rupa Ganguli won a place on the highly competitive start up course run by School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) with project ‘SPINNA Circle’ for the 2013-2014 cohort in London. Through a focused selection process, with extensive jury panels and interviews, the programme aims to select the top concepts and supports the development of these early stage social enterprises through the process of becoming sustainable businesses. The programme is made up of study blocks as well as action group learning sets and mentoring elements. Lloyds Banking Group and Big Lottery UK through their partnership with the SSE run the one year programme across the UK.
Empowering women in Central Asia – setting up SPINNA Circle hubs
We are delighted to announce the launch of SPINNA Circle’s regional economic cooperation project in Central Asia, “Empowering women in Central Asia by building capacity and linking markets through setting up SPINNA Circle hubs,” supported fully by a grant from USAID.
On 26 February SPINNA Circle held an event at the Oriental Club showcasing the textiles of Central Asia and presenting the latest organisational developments. As guests arrived they were welcomed with refreshments and the chance to browse several tables featuring various types of traditional and contemporary handicrafts and textiles from the region.
On Friday, 7th March 2014, a day before International Women’s Day, BBC World presents a story of inspiration, collaboration and success from their programme ‘100 Women’ which brought women across the world together to connect and conduct business.
Arlette Lee has produced a collection of luxury ruanas, an Andean-style cape with her modern heritage twist. Arlette was inspired by the luxurious natural fibre of the Peruvian Andes, Baby Alpaca along with the traditional craftsmanship so set about producing her own exclusive collection.
This is the time of fast fashion. Clothes are something you wear and when you don’t like them anymore, they are thrown away. With a bit of luck they are brought to one of the charity recycle shops or put in one of the many recycling containers most countries have by now.
At 17 I was hired as a sales assistant at Seattle’s flagship Nordstrom department store. In the idle moments on the shop floor I would often daydream, wondering whose hands had touched this sweater last, who was it that carefully stitched this button or wove this ‘hand-made’ shawl? Was he or she young? Old? Happy going about their daily work, or forced to work in unsavoury conditions? In the vastness of Seattle’s largest department store I began to realise that there were countless chains of untold stories behind every fashion piece on our shelves, and I became troubled that I understood so little of how they had arrived there.
Nick Howe, Enterprise Manager, Diversity in Business at NatWest Bank, has worked for 16 years with businesses of all different shapes, sizes and sectors. Nick hugely enjoys working with new ideas and innovations and applying knowledge based on previous business successes to enable new creative ideas to come to fruition. Nick says:
“Starting a business is easy but making a viable business is the actual challenge facing those starting out today. By working with SPINNA Circle we are able to blend the challenges that most businesses need to tackle and adapt to, with the specialist knowledge and contact network that is vital to a business entering the fashion industry.”
Expression. Confidence. Aspiration. Success. The Mocaro brand is in development as an upmarket fashion business that will provide customers with exclusive quality products. Mocaro creates products for strong, confident men and women who share a love for statement jewellery and accessories. The development of our product range of iconic statement ties creates an exclusive, attractive and sophisticated look, instantly grabbing the attention of everyone in the line of sight. The rise of “metrosexual” culture has created a demand for accessories that exhibit this change in culture. As a company we wholeheartedly embrace high-end quality design and aim to always strive to take designs to the next level. Watch this space for further news about our cutting edge product launch in 2014