is an online marketplace created by social enterprise for social enterprise. We have scoured the UK to find the best that social enterprises have to offer. You will find an eclectic mix of products here from high fashion and homeware to stationary and chocolate.
What is social enterprise?
A social enterprise is an organisation that’s run like a business. The difference is that these organisations reinvest their profits back into the community or cause they support. So, in a nutshell, it’s business with a big heart.
The story behind Run Native
was started by the 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 - from luxury soap handmade by people with disabilities in Inverness to tartan dog coats designed by homeless people in Edinburgh. However, for the average shopper on the street, these products can be hard to find.
The team thought ‘what if we could create a place to buy social products in one place…things that delight friends and family, but also directly help vulnerable and disadvantaged people?’ That’s when Run Native
was born. A collective online marketplace that helps customers find ethical buys, and ethical producers find customers. Run Native
is for discerning shoppers who want to buy the cool and the covetable. But these things are extra special: they each have a story to tell and their very creation and sale has a powerful impact on people’s lives.
Community Enterprise had fun coming up with a name for the marketplace. Suggestions ranged from the surreal (‘Alvin’) to the lofty (‘Ventures in Creation’). Then they came across the term ‘digital natives’ meaning the generation of young people that have grown up in an exclusively digital world. This was part of our vision - to get social enterprises to enter the digital world for the benefit of the organisations they run and the people that they help - and we knew that this was the name. Run Native.