Three Brighton Based Businesses Are Shortlisted In The UK’s First Be The Change Awards

Zola Amour, Pala Eyewear and RubyMoon, all based in Brighton have been shortlisted in the first ever Be the Change Awards – brand new social impact awards to celebrate the UK’s most inspiring ethical and sustainable businesses and individuals making a positive difference on communities, people and the planet.

Be the Change Awards, Brighton Finalists, Emily, John and Jo - crop.Their commitment to ethical business making positive change has been recognised in the Fashion and Business for Good categories. Set up between 2010 and 2017, these three businesses are creating positive impact with their products. The award winners will be announced Friday 26 April 2019 at the Be the Change Awards ceremony in London. 

Jo-Anne Godden from RubyMoon said, “It’s so great to be nominated and acknowledged for creating a business that has made 260 loans to women entrepreneurs around the world, and is cleaning up the seas at the same time.”

Emily Evans from Zola Amour Said, ”We’re really trying to be the very best clothing brand we can be and it’s a real honour to be nominated and recognised for the efforts that we’ve put into creating stylish pieces that don’t cost the Earth and have been ethically handmade in the UK.”

John Pritchard from PALA said,” ‘We continue our journey towards sustainability and this nomination is a great endorsement that we’re headed in the right direction.’

The Be the Change Awards is an initiative by ethical champions Sian Conway, the founder of Ethical Hour, a growing global ethical community of changemakers and ethical entrepreneur Jo Salter from clothing brand Where Does It Come From? 

Frustrated by the lack of opportunity for smaller, independent and sustainable businesses to get recognition and get their stories heard – the awards will bring much-needed attention to those that are quietly saving the planet but are, as yet, going unnoticed.

In order to be in with a chance of winning a Be the Change Award, all three businesses submitted a video sharing their story, including the obstacles faced and biggest achievements. Members of the public can view the videos by visiting the following links:

Zola Amour https://zolaamour.com/

Pala Eyewear https://vimeo.com/323500070

RubyMoon https://rubymoon.org.uk/ethos/

Sian Conway from Ethical Hour, said: “We launched the Be the Change Awards to find the next Patagonia – businesses and people with a powerful story that are inspiring others and making a real impact on communities, people and the planet.”

Jo Salter from Where Does It Come From? added: “Only those that have given us and the other judges goosebumps for their passion and commitment to being a force for good have been shortlisted and we can’t wait to announce our winners.”

For more information on The Be the Change Awards visit: https://ethicalhour.co.uk/be-the-change-awards/