Love in Scotland - keeping it “sweet and social”. Run Native ethical online shop has the answers for Valentine’s Day

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With Valentine's Day just around the corner - ethical online shop Run Native has come up with some "sweet" and "social" ideas - raising awareness of social enterprise and its worth across the world.

Paulo da Costa at Run Native said: “By buying “sweet and social” presents for Valentine’s Day shoppers are contributing so much more.

Run Native, based in West Lothian, works with many small social enterprises and retailers in Scotland and across the globe. With Valentine’s Day coming up - their ethical online shop has lots of great ideas that fit their “sweet and social” theme with inspirational and colourful gifts that are made by hand, sent straight to your partner’s door whilst making a real impact in local communities.

Sweet…Some “sweet” gestures could include a lavish giant rose Macaroon heart designed by the young team at Miss Macaroon who are getting their foot on the first rung of the employment ladder; some local Kelvin Valley honey for a “sweet and social” Valentine’s Day breakfast. Keep the bees happy by preserving traditional skills and also supporting people who have been long term unemployed, making a real impact for others. For some light-hearted fun with friends you could buy some sweetheart lollies from Chocolate Memories for a Valentine’s Day coffee break!

Social….And for a candlelight dinner you could choose a beautiful wooden oak stave tea-light holder from Glasgow Wood Recycling using recycled wood and offering people great skills through training programmes; or take your partner for a romantic walk to use their new luxury socks for men from The Jaunty Flaneur range whilst supporting long term unemployed take their skills to the next stage; and to wrap up on a romantic February walk choose an Ala Mairi a colourful, luxury scarf keeping hand-loom weaving alive in Scotland and Pakistan using inspirational Asian designs linking them to the traditional hues of Shetland tweed.

Paulo da Costa at Run Native said: “By buying “sweet and social” presents for Valentine’s Day shoppers are contributing so much more with a wide range of gifts and prices to suit all pockets but also give people the sense they are doing something worthwhile in supporting social enterprises that are really making a difference at the heart of communities in the UK and with our international partners who bring an ethical flair to our online shop. Be sweet and social at Valentine’s day.”

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For information check out the website: http://www.runnative.co.uk and Facebook
Deborah Rees, Marketing Executive, Run Native
Tel: 01506 862227 Email: deborah(at)communityenterprise(dot)co(dot)uk
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Run_Native

For further press information contact:
Fiona Stewart, Interwoven PR
Tel: 07940560453 Email: fiona(at)interwovenpr(dot)com

Notes for Editors
Run Native is a collective online marketplace that helps customers find ethical buys, and ethical producers find customers. It was started by passionate people at Community Enterprise. For 25 years Community Enterprise has worked with community projects all over Scotland to help them grow into confident, creative, financially-viable organisations. On their travels during this time the team have been inspired by the interesting, high-quality products made and sold by these organisations – such as “From Babies With Love” adorable organic baby clothes where 100% profit goes to support abandoned and orphaned children around the world and beautiful bespoke furniture made by “Glasgow Wood Recycling” who provide volunteer and training opportunities to local people, as a practical way of tackling poverty and social exclusion.
Check out the website on http://www.runnative.co.uk

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