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Help us add £250 billion to the economy!

by Maeve Donnelly in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Help us add £250 billion to the economy!
We did it
On 8th September 2020 we successfully raised £10,010 with 21 supporters in 28 days

Bodhi will be a homewares and lifestyle store that will support female led businesses, creatives and makers.

by Maeve Donnelly in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we reach our stretch target we can reach even more female businesses and expand our product range. In particular we would like to use the stretch target to support makers who are Mum's and need the guarantee of upfront payment and regular payments to allow them to take the plunge and follow their talent and their own business as a viable and sustainable income source.

Does the economy need £250 billion in new value?

What if I told you my business had the potential to add £250 billion in new value to the UK economy …well it can. How? ….. by unlocking a pool of female entrepreneurs. 

Just 9% of the funding funnelled into UK start-ups goes to women-run businesses and only 1 in 5 businesses in the UK is owned by a female. Only 1% of all venture funding goes to businesses founded by all-female teams.*

The gender gap in funding for women-led businesses is costing the UK billions in missed opportunity. In fact… £250 billion.

How will my business do it?

Bodhi Living & Lifestyle is a homewares and lifestyle business with a difference! We only stock products from female led brands, creatives and makers. We provide female led businesses with a sustainable, guaranteed income offering women across the creative industries the opportunity to create their products knowing they have guaranteed support through purchase and promotion. That is women both local and global. 

So why is my passion to support the passion of others?

Aside from lack of investment women face so many other hurdles when starting a business including lack of mentors, sexism, the challenges of being the primary care giver at home and for many - fear of failure.

But there is every reason to believe that they would succeed. In fact, figures show that women-led businesses in the UK generate more revenue, deliver double the return on investment, and fail less often than male-led businesses.

Bodhi will deliver what customers increasingly want – small batch, bespoke, high quality products. In the face of Brexit this is even more crucial, from both sourcing and supporting local suppliers, and forging relationships and trading networks globally.

How can you help?

So I am asking you to support my crowd funding bid to bring the support of Bodhi to females local and global – customer and supplier - and unlock the £250 billion missing from the economy. The money I raise will be funnelled back into other female led businesses through stock purchase and marketing support helping to increase the impact of your investment.

(*Rose Report)


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

£50 Pledge Reward

- A handmade floral wall hanging exclusive to Bodhi Living & Lifestyle. - 15% off at Bodhi Living & Lifestyle.

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