Rebel Supermarket HISBE is coming out of the last 3 years swinging! They may have got battered by covid and the cost-of-living crisis, but there’s nothing better to rally the troops than a crowdfunder! It’s had a great start, hitting £50k – and now HISBE need to reach £75k in 14 days, to unlock another £25k in match-funding.
The world needs alternatives to Tesco’s and the like… and this December, HISBE hope to celebrate 10 years of fighting for a sustainable future for food and farming. Please help them get their community supermarkets back on course for growth, by getting behind the fundraiser on Crowdfunder.co.uk.
Their supporters, customers and suppliers have done an amazing job so far, but they now need help to hit the next hurdle!
So, if you care about good food or local community, sustainability, or social enterprise, please get involved. People can simply donate, or there are some exclusive rewards on offer, like discount cards and birthday boxes, coffee training, breadmaking workshops and farm visits – you can even pay to party at the store!
Every pledge is being matched by two other funders, turning your £1 into £3 or even £4. Aviva has teamed up with Crowdfunder to support HISBE’s work through their Community Fund. And as they reach each £25k milestone, The Be The Earth Foundation drop in £25k to match their efforts.
HISBE Co-founder Ruth Anslow says “These last three years have been tough, on all of us. HISBE has been in survival mode – and we are so grateful to all our customers and supporters for sticking with us. HISBE simply wouldn’t still be here without you.
Running any small business at the moment is extra challenging, with rising costs and customers watching their pennies. But it’s even more of a balancing act for HISBE, as a social enterprise. It costs us extra to follow our values and do the right thing, whilst still keeping prices affordable for our shoppers.
Thankfully we are now seeing the shoots of recovery in both stores, but we also need to raise funding to keep going and return HISBE to expansion-readiness. Our goal is to build a network of stores in Sussex – and we’re in talks with Lewes Council about bringing HISBE store number 3 to Lewes High Street in 2024.”
To find out more and get involved visit the Crowdfunder campaign page.