Purpose of investment
To manufacture and market range of ladies underwear (Empowerment Pants), the sale of which will fund training and peer mentoring of young women in North Glasgow.
Investment package: Start & Grow
Sector: Clothing, Employability
Social outcomes: Employment, training and education
Underwear with a Mission
MsMissMrs a community interest company (CIC) delivers empowerment workshops for disadvantaged young females with an added bonus – a range of underwear called Empowerment Pants. The company’s motto is “Empowering women in North Glasgow through self-love, self-care and excellent underwear.”
MsMissMrs received a £19,000 investment from Start & Grow to produce the first 4000 pairs of pants. To meet initial demand, the manufacture of the pants will be subcontracted to a local company. Subsequently, MsMissMrs will employ six locally based skilled machinists, four of whom were previously employed by Remploy and two who are long term unemployed to continue with their production.
Profits from the sale of the pants will be re-invested in empowerment workshops for disadvantaged women in North Glasgow. The workshops will take place over a six-week period and will cover self-care, self-love and self-education.
In the longer term, Sylvia hopes that those who participate in the workshops will gain the skills that will enable them to find employment and contribute to the welfare and well-being of the local community.
Sylvia Douglas, Founding Director said: “With no track record in business, banks weren’t interested in providing me with start up capital, I had taken my business idea as far as I could without financial backing. Thankfully, Resilient Scotland were prepared to take a calculated risk. The investment from Start & Grow has given me the opportunity to produce the pants, generate an income, without chasing grants, and more importantly to run the workshops.”