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Introducing the CO x Small But Perfect Hub

CO is a supporting partner for cross Europe collaborative project, Small But Perfectly Formed (SBPF). The project aims to accelerate the success of small and medium-sized businesses with sustainable and circular models. It includes the potential to access a grant of €10,000, along with other support. Connect with partners and project participants through this Hub, and access resources and training as the project progresses.

Small to medium sized enterprises have the capability to innovate and pioneer new circular and sustainable business models. The Small But Perfectly Formed project will support SME's across Europe to do just that, through a unique accelerator programme.

To support the project Common Objective has created a Small But Perfect Hub on CO. The Hub brings together all the project's 10 partners and as the project progresses will also house resources, online training, and networking capability with other participants in the programme. 

Open call for proposals - Apply now

Are you a Europe-based micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (including startups) or self-employed professional (e.g. designer) focusing on circular and sustainable fashion? 

Here is an opportunity to accelerate your efforts to pave the way for systemic change in the fashion industry. Partner with another company in this space and apply for the 18-month business development programme by Small but Perfectly Formed (SBPF) —a transnational collaborative project co-funded by the European Commission’s COSME programme. 

28 SME led projects will be selected to attend the 18-month programme including an 8-month accelerator with business mentoring, showcasing initiative and R&D grants of €10,000 per partnership. 

Deadline for applications: 03.10.21: Apply now

Join a SBPF matchmaking session or event to learn more about the programme and network with other entrepreneurs and businesses. Sign up for SBPF events.

Matchmaking events to support applicants will take place on the 2nd and the 5th July 2021.

"Running a sustainability focused SME in the fashion industry is no easy task. With the right backing, impact focused SME's will become catalysts for a better way of doing business. We are proud to be a part of this project and support the leaders and pioneers in circular and sustainable fashion"  Tamsin Lejeune, CEO, Common Objective

The need for systems change in fashion 

The SBPF project was founded on the basis that without changing the system, we cannot expect changes made - at any level - to be truly sustainable. If fashion has to adopt a new narrative, one that allows for more responsible use of sources, every stakeholder needs to play their part. 

To accelerate the work of SMEs, the wider system of business support such as fashion weeks, industry bodies, accelerators and fashion districts also need to be aligned to the focus on environmental, social and financial sustainability. Supporting regulatory instruments and policies is also a key enabler, as per the findings of Mapping Sustainable Opportunities for SMEs (European Commission, 2019).

Accelerating the accelerators

Small but Perfectly Formed  will ‘accelerate the accelerators’ by working alongside business support organisations to embed circularity, social and environmental sustainability into support and showcasing initiatives. Over the course of the project, SBPF partners will run workshops and events for organisations that offer support to SMEs. 

Additionally, it will ‘accelerate the policymakers’ by mapping the policy landscape that affects sustainable and circular fashion SMEs, ensuring a lasting impact is made across the fashion industry from start to finish. 

Over its 30 month duration the project will develop a network of stakeholders from across the industry that can exchange knowledge, learnings and best practices to effect wider systemic change in the fashion SME sector.

Small But Perfectly Formed Project Partners

The SBPF project partners include Athens University of Business and Economics, World Fair Trade Organisation, Fair Trade Advocacy Office, Bocconi University, Impact Hub Lisbon, Fashion Revolution and We Love You Communications. Common Objective, University of Portsmouth and Neoynt are supporting partners.

Find out more about each partner and connect with their team members in the Small But Perfect Hub on CO. 

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