Thirty-five Social Enterprises, which have been nurtured by the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) both as members of the SEBI incubator and the SEBI open network, have received their official “Buy Social” trademark, to assist prospective consumers in identifying their products, services and social missions.

The objective is to increase consumer demand; and enhance the management of their enterprises. The “Buy Social” trade mark and advertising campaign were launched at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in Kingston on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Saffrey Brown, General Manager, JN Foundation , said that the unique mark will signal to consumers that the business bearing it is a social enterprise.

“When you buy from a social enterprise, you are choosing to spend your money with a business that is giving something back,” Ms. Brown explained. “They reinvest their profits to address the most pressing social issues in their community, such as unemployment.”

The project manager said that the four-month campaign, to commence in December, will include advertising on television, radio and newspapers; as well as, on buses and digital bill boards.

Scheed Cole, manager of 360 Recycle Manufacturing, one of the social enterprises which will benefit from the initiative, said “we are working with grass roots people, so that they can earn sustainable income. We need all the help we can get and so I am in full support of Buy Social campaign.”

Located on Rousseau Road in the western zone of Kingston, 360 Recycle Manufacturing, uses plastic bottles, Styrofoam and paper to create construction materials such as blocks, flower pots and sculptures.

“Once the “Buy Social” promotion starts, we will get in line with it, and as more people come to know the brand, we expect it to create more business for us,” Mr. Cole said.

Charles Arumiselvam of Alpha Wear JA, a unique fashion venture created by the Alpha Boys School in Kingston, pointed out that he expect the “Buy Social” campaign to help the venture.

“Alpha Institute is known as a having social mission; but, what the Institute is not well known for is the business side of its operation; therefore, the “Buy Social” Campaign will put us on the map of Jamaica,” he declared.

“This is a great campaign,” Mr. Arumiselvam said. “It is an important moment for Alpha Institute to be identified as place where people can come and buy interesting products, and we are grateful to JN Foundation and SEBI to help promote us into the market place.”

To be used by the social enterprise practitioners initially in Jamaica, the trade mark will be  subsequently promoted across the wider Caribbean Region. The Buy Social Trade Mark and Social Advertising Campaign comprise the second phase of the SEBI project.
Contact:  Dionne Rose l JN Corporate Communications l JN Bank l Tel: 936-3367 l Email: drose@JNGroup.coml

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