BeYonder Textiles Ltd VegFest Scotland 2015

BeYonder Textiles Ltd VegFest Scotland 2015


Hi, we are here today with BeYonder at Vegfest Scotland. We are exhibiting a wide range of items from the talented young
designers who we provide a small batch manufacturing facility for at our textile hub in the east end of the city. The products range everything from
evening dresses to t-shirts to kimonos and these have all come about with young designers who come to us looking for an ethical business which can manufacture their designs in as ethical a manner as possible. So today we are here at Vegfest. We are exhibiting BeYonder Textiles and we’re here to explain to everyone who we meet today about our
platform for young ethical designers. So BeYonder is just over two years old. The company was founded to build and develop bespoke projects around young people starting to disengage from mainstream education and we recently set up BeYonder Textiles about six months ago in the hope to actually create some direct employment
as well as create a training and manufacturing platform for young ethical designers. We predominately work with young designers
who will only work with cruelty free fabrics so we are looking at people who want to
work in natural plant based fabrics or synthetics where the journey can be
tracked to ensure that there have been fair labour conditions irrespective of which country they come from. Ethics start from absolute first principles. Everything should be cruelty free, there is absolutely no reason to be working with
materials that are not cruelty free. But that applies equally to the working
conditions and the wage conditions for the people who are producing those products. So we are a living wage
employer. We are a family friendly employer. We’re making sure that everybody is looked after as perfectly as possible, really taking the view that work should be the place that you go to be with your friends during the day. Earlier on today I was asked by organizers if I can take part in their series of talks for activism in the vegan world and I did a talk entitled Vegan in a Suit which really
just described my experiences as a life member of the Vegan Society working day in, day out within the business community of Glasgow.
We predominantly work with young designers who will only work with cruelty free fabrics so we are looking at people
who want to work in natural plant based fabrics or synthetics where the
journey can be tracked to ensure that there have been fair labour conditions
irrespective of which country they come from We were gifted some bales of hemp from Yaoh who are an amazing hemp company based in the UK and we wanted to support them by turning some of the material into some textile interior cushions with which we are raising funds for the Vegan Society today. BeYonder is a supporter of the The Only Way Is Ethics, Glasgow’s first 8-day ethical festival where we’re encouraging
people to have a dialogue across the city and beyond to talk about all
aspects of ethics and what it means to them, whether it be business, whether it be personal, whether it be family Vegfest Scotland of course is here as the headline event for The Only Way Is Ethics which is the first ever festival of ethics which has been running since last weekend until this weekend for a full 8 days here in Glasgow.
BeYonder was started a couple of years ago, we were working in education looking to
work with youngsters who were at risk of disengaging from the system and make
sure that they continued to have as many opportunities as possible to enter the world of work with as strong a skill set as they possibly could when they left school. Along the way we
started working with younger students at school and with my own background in tailoring in the City of Glasgow and a general interest in the world of garment manufacture we started teaching young people in Glasgow how to sew as part of the philanthropic side of
the business. From there we started teaching employment age youngsters how to operate industrial sewing machinery and thereafter discovered that we were preparing people for a world of work that was sadly very much on the decline. So the solution seem to us rather
obvious: let’s open up a textile manufacturing facility, provide
employment for local people with experience in that industry who would then act as our principle means of training the youngsters who would join the industry through a modern apprenticeship and seek to
regrow the textile industry within Glasgow initially and across the whole of Scotland in a matter of course. All of the profits that we then make
from the production of these materials feed back into the group and fund the philanthropic side of the business to allow us to continue this important work that we’re doing with schools and to extend our sewing classes, which we call Sew It Begins right across the central belt initially and over the whole of Scotland in the months and years to come

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