I started Rainbow & Co in October 2018 after leaving my job as a social media manager due to issues with my mental health. As an autistic person, I have always found the traditional workplace a struggle, and so I set out to create Rainbow & Co as a way to work for myself whilst combining my skills in design, business, and marketing, as well supporting the community I am proud to be a part of.
My vision for Rainbow & Co is to provide fashionable and relevant Pride merch that allows all members of the LGBTQ+ community to show their Pride, whether that be a nonbinary person, lesbian, pansexual, agender, trans, I try to represent all identities.
In just 6 months of trading Rainbow & Co has hit the top 9% of online stores launched in the same week, sales are increasing every month, and organic traffic is constantly growing. My next step is to take Rainbow & Co to Pride events around the North West as I believe this will give me the exposure needed to take my business to the next level.
Whilst Rainbow & Co is a for-profit business, I currently just about cover costs and also donate 10% of any profits I do make each month to LGBTQ+ charities. As such, finding the cash to pay for stalls up front is proving difficult and that's where you come in!
With your help and donations, I want to take Rainbow & Co to as many local Pride events as possible. All money raised will go towards paying stall fees and anything left over will go towards stock for the stalls.
Whether you're able to give £1 or £500, all donations are truly appreciated. If you have any questions for me in regards to this Crowdfunder, feel free to message me, or email me on email@example.com
I've outlined the events I am hoping to trade at below, as well as the costs of a stall (which vary greatly!). If you know of any other events in the North West then let me know and I will add it to the list!
Pride events currently on our radar are:
- Pride Blackpool - £175
- Tameside Pride
- Sparkle - 10% of sales at event and online in the month of July
- Happy Valley Pride
- Oldham Pride
- Stockport Pride - £40
- Leeds Pride - £250 +VAT
- Wigan Pride
- Wakefield Pride - £85
- Levenshulme Pride
- Manchester Pride - £470
- Didsbury Pride
- Warrington Pride
- Bolton Pride
- Preston Pride - £75
*Not all events have released pricing yet hence only some costs appearing above. I will update this list as and when I have more information.