SSE Hampshire Fellow Becky John wins Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award!
The Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (SEYA) is an annual feature of Lloyds Bank & Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme.
All participants on the Scale-Up programme are invited to apply for the award which comes with a £10,000 prize. This year there are additionally prizes of £6,000 & £4,000 for second and third place.
All of the finalists are in the process of scaling their already successful social enterprises, winning this award will allow them to speed up that process and impact more lives more quickly.
Becky John set up Who Made Your Pants? in 2008, from an idea she’d had two years previously. In addition to really liking Pants, Becky really didn’t like wearing clothes made in sweatshop conditions and was also aware that women who are refugees are alone for the majority of the day which leads to personal and social problems.
With this in mind, she developed a socially focused business creating manufacturing jobs for women marginalised by their status as refugees. Who Made Your Pants? turns perfect fabrics left over from the lingerie industry into gorgeous new Pants for women who want to know who made them. Who Made Your Pants? sells direct to customers through its website. The £10,000 first prize would enable Becky to increase the employment hours of her Office Manager and Production Supervisor thereby increasing production, sales and employment.