Remade in Edinburgh

The History

Having spent a year volunteering in Nepal at the age of 18, Sophie Unwin had the opportunity to witness a completely different culture in which people created items from rubbish and repaired and reused items instead of throwing them away. Inspired by throwing away less than a dustbin of rubbish in a year, Sophie went on to work in various sustainable development and community projects, before deciding to set up her own social enterprise Remade in Edinburgh


Remade in Edinburgh runs a weekly free sewing and computer repair clinic to help people fix their computers and laptops without the need to buy new equipment at high cost. It has delivered furniture, computer and sewing repair workshops through the city to different groups including homeless people, young people and refugee groups to help them learn new repair skills and save money. In May this year, they opened up their new centre, The Edinburgh Remakery, to sell refurbished items, hire workbenches, teach repair skills and create an income to enable them to lead more skills development activities in the community.

“Winning the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award could have a huge impact on Remade in Edinburgh. It would allow us to meet the demand to pilot Remade in other communities, help us equip people with the skills to repair and reuse, and create a campaign for an alternative to disposable culture”.

Sophie Unwin, Founder, Remade Edinburgh

A Network of Community Initiatives

Sophie describes the support of the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which forms a key part of the Lloyds Banking Group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan, as brilliant and the insight from her business mentor has given her a valuable new perspective on her enterprise. With the support of the programme, Sophie’s aim is to create a network of projects in communities across the UK and help more people to transform the way they use resources and reduce the tendency to throw items away.

Innovative Social Enterprise

Remade in Edinburgh is a innovative social enterprise which teaches people in the community how to repair household goods, saving money and creating money in the process. The award-winning business model has created a new market in repair education. Sophie has been part of the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, to scale up Remade in Edinburgh with the help of a grant, year-long learning support and a business mentor from Lloyds Banking Group.

Innovative Social Enterprise

Helping Communities Prosper

Communities across Britain are facing significant challenges. We’re helping to address them through our Helping Britain Prosper Plan. We believe no other bank is better placed to do this. We already serve approximately 25 million customers and 1 million small businesses but we want to be more than a bank. We want to go beyond business as usual and help address systemic social and economic challenges such as Britain’s housing shortage, the skills gap in key industries, social mobility and social disadvantage.

In 2016 we continued our support for communities by:

- Giving our four independent charitable Foundations £18.5m to tackle disadvantage.

- Completing more than 260,000 hours of colleague volunteering.  Skills-based volunteering, now accounts for 35% of the total time contributed by colleagues to support local organisations.

- Raising £6.1 million for our Charity of the Year, BBC Children in Need.

- Supporting credit unions across the country with our colleagues' expertise.

- Signing up 23,000 colleagues as Digital Champions to support people and organisations in their local communities – exceeding our original target to create 20,000 by 2017.