Wool on the Exe

We aim to support people to learn new skills, make new friends, and connect with their community through wool-based crafts and, in turn, improve their overall wellbeing. 

We run ‘The Knit-Stop’, our social knitting programme, as well as a retail shop that sells yarn, gifts, accessories and runs groups and workshops

Sector Retail

Company structure
Community Interest Company

ESSENCE member since
26/11/2020

How does being a member of ESSENCE benefit your organisation?
By allowing us to discover new ideas and projects as well as offering a space to collaborate with similar organisations.

What does your organisation have to offer to other ESSENCE members?
To share our own ideas with members alongside working with other local organisations in collaborative projects and events.

Website http://www.woolontheexe.com

Email debbie.judd@woolontheexe.com

The Boarding House

South West’s number one independent Bmx, Skateboard & Scooter specialists since 1984.

Aim to reach more deprived communities of Exeter and around to engage them, get them active, while supporting eco-friendly products to reach consumers.

Sector Retail

Company structure
Limited Company

ESSENCE member since
06/10/2020

How does being a member of ESSENCE benefit your organisation?
Networking and connecting to likeminded organisations

What does your organisation have to offer to other ESSENCE members?
Discount on products from The Boarding House

Urban Mushroom Company

With our indoor vertical farm in Princesshay, we produce and sell ready-to-fruit mushroom blocks using coffee waste from local cafes.

The core of UMC is to tackle coffee waste. In the UK alone, the drinking of coffee leads to the production of half a million tonnes of coffee waste each year ending up in landfill, along with potent methane gases.

Sector
Retail

Company structure
Private limited Company

Essence member since
08/08/2020

How does being a member of Essence benefit your organisation?
Through ESSENCE, we hope to connect with local businesses and individuals with whom we can collaborate and further our goals.

This year, our main aim is to create a sustainable revenue through the sale of mushroom blocks both wholesale and retail. With the revenue, we can fund our social goals to provide workshops to primary schools. These will surround the topics of sustainability and food waste and will include hands-on activities that illustrate the potential in what is usually seen as waste. Further, we wish to take on disadvantaged individuals and provide work experience and voluntary opportunities to enhance their employability.

What does your organisation have to offer to other Essence members? As we are a student-led business, we have contacts with fellow university students and societies. We are able to get in contact with student bodies and collaborate on events that can benefit everyone!

 

The Bookery

Book shop & creative industries work hub

Create social cohesion & positive social change through literature & culture

Sector
Retail & Business Services

Company structure
Industrial Provident Society

Essence member since
1/12/2019

How does being a member of Essence benefit your organisation?
Support & networking. Keep up to date on UNESCO city of literature

What does your organisation have to offer to other Essence members?
10% discount on co-working space in Crediton. Experience with literature & culture in rural Devon/schools/communities including well being and creating cohesive communities

Website www.thebookery.org.uk

Email shop@thebookery.org.uk

 

Exeter Local Food Ltd

A community benefit society dedicated to supplying affordable, local, sustainable food to people in Exeter.

We aim to transform the food system to make local, sustainably produced food affordable and accessible to more people in and around Exeter, and improve the viability of local small-scale and ethical farming businesses.

Sector
Food and Drink

Company structure
Community Benefit Society

Essence member since
1/12/2018

How does being a member of Essence benefit your organisation?
Connection, mutual support, purchasing power, lobbying impact, learning

What does your organisation have to offer to other Essence members?
TBD

Website http://www.realfoodexeter.co.uk/

Email info@realfoodexeter.co.uk