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Upcoming Event: Handmade Alliance Open Day – All Welcome!

Open Day/Eve & Sale 12th November in our lovely old school-house near Old Street. Get your Christmas shopping in a stress-free setting- with a festive drink. We are inviting donations in return for our lovely range of gifts (aprons, oven gloves, make-up bags and handsome shoppers). 12th November 11am to 7pm RSVP to admin@handmadealliance.org Or via […]

Proud Winners of the Charity Times Social Champion Award 2015

Handmade Alliance are the proud winners of this year’s Social Champion Award. For: “Showing an impressive use of the social enterprise model to develop participants’ skills & opportunities, whilst working with design clients to develop the market” Mairi and Hannah attended the Charity Times Awards on the 7th October in Westminster Park Plaza to see […]

Summer Trade Shows: Reflections from a first time exhibitor

Trade shows are a great opportunity for us to show off new products, spread the HA word and meet some great design clients and manufacturing peers. In June Handmade Alliance were very pleased to have exhibited at both Meet the Manufacturer (3-4th June) and Best of Britannia (26-28th) aka BoB. Meet the Manufacturer was impeccably managed by Kate […]

Production Spotlight: An Interview with the Production Coordinator

Ellie Cooke joined Handmade Alliance earlier this year, where she  manages production in our London textiles workshop as well as develops and facilitates training programmes in and outside of prisons. What drew you to Handmade Alliance? In India I was fascinated by what business can look like in community – particularly how business can be used to […]

Textiles and ethical manufacturing (beyond fashion)

The most passionate arguments for the ethical and sustainable production of textile products are usually directed at the fashion industry. Seasonal trends encourage mass-consumption and a highly disposable approach to textiles. However, many of the issues discussed are relevant not only for fashion but also the textiles industry more broadly. Globalisation has created the ability […]

Sewing and Social Enterprise: How does it work?

  When we say that Handmade Alliance is a social enterprise which reduces reoffending rates by working with prisoners and ex-prisoners many people are often surprised – is sewing an obvious way to do this? THE ANSWER is that while it may not be very obvious, it is very effective. Across the UK and particularly in […]

Prisoners from HMPS Brixton work with Handmade Alliance for UK first

We are extremely proud to announce that prisoners on day release from HMPS Brixton working with Handmade Alliance in our textiles workshop are the first in the UK to obtain City & Guilds qualifications within a working business. As our team at Handmade Alliance is made up of people on the programme itself, everyone has an […]