SOZO | Silverware Redesigned - The Next Step

by Zoe Hobson in Harbertonford, England, United Kingdom

SOZO | Silverware Redesigned - The Next Step

£4,116

raised of £4,000 stretch target

184

supporters
103% 16 hours left
This project will only be funded if at least £2,000 is pledged by 6th April 2020 at 5:19pm

SOZO Silverware began as a bedroom start-up and is now ready to grow! Help me raise funds to take my little business to the next chapter.

by Zoe Hobson in Harbertonford, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

WOW!! I am so humbled that I have met my first target after just 8 days with 67 supporters!! I have to pinch myself. I truly have the most amazing family and friends. Please do continue to pledge if you can offer a small start-up your support. I set a lower target to begin with as I had no idea I would gain so much support. 

Extra money will go towards buying a more reliable vehicle and new tools. I would love to invest in a tool that helps me to bend spoons and forks more easily, the one I have my eye on is around £400. I do not currently have a proper jewellers desk and I sit on a chair that is far too high (both my desk and chair were freebies), I have only the bare minimum that I could afford and there is so much more that would be so useful. A decent jewellers desk starts at around £150. I would also like to be able to have a better set up for where I do my packaging. At the moment I package orders on my coffee table. It would be so nice to keep work somewhat separate from my living and have it all organized on to a desk and/or some shelving.


                 SOZO SILVERWARE

WHERE IT STARTED

SOZO Silverware began in July 2019 when I took some private tuition at Monty's Beads in Exeter to learn how to turn my dream of repurposing silverware into reality. I opened an Etsy and a nuMonday Shop and I had around 10 products listed that I had made during my tuition time. I posted these designs on my Instagram page.  I purchased some start-up tools and I began to create a few more designs from my bedroom in a shared house. In September I was contacted through Instagram by Exmouth Vegan Market and asked if I would like to hold a stall at their November event. I had never done anything like this with my own products before. I only had those 10 items. I spent hours, weeks even months working every night and weekend making sure that I would have enough products to fill a 6ft table. I sourced all of the display items and had the table set up in my bedroom for a week beforehand to make sure I had made enough and it looked professional.

I originally wanted to focus on the jewellery making but I didn't feel like I would have enough products so I hand stamped a load of cutlery to fill up the table. I had taught myself to hand stamp in 2016.

Whilst at Exmouth Vegan Market I was approached by the organizer of Exeter Vegan Market and asked if I would be interested in holding a stall at their January event.

In the beginning of December I moved out of my shared house because it was becoming too difficult to work around my other housemates and in mid December I lost my day job. Rather than look for another job I decided that this was my time, that my energy should be focused into building my own little business.


POST DECEMBER

Since pouring all of my energy into SOZO, it became clear that there is a definite interest in what I have to offer. The hand stamped spoons have proved especially popular, so I made more and more. As it is now my only source of income, I need to take my business to the next level. I have been signing up to as many markets as I possibly can. All markets have to be paid upfront, which means there is a huge outgoing to secure my place right through until December.

I recently submitted applications for a few festivals and to my surprise I have been accepted to trade at Sidmouth Folk Festival for 8 days from 31st July - 7th August. I am absolutely over the moon, I always dreamed of being able to have a stall there.


WHY CROWDFUNDING

I need to make a huge amount of products to offer at Sidmouth Folk Festival to cover the cost to trade and to have plenty to offer. It is almost £600 for a stall for the 8 days which I can not currently afford without moving back into my parents house. I also can not feasibly progress any further without being able to invest in more materials (silverware) to make the products.

I am having costly problems with my car at the moment and without it my business wouldn't be possible and it scares me that this could prevent me from succeeding in something that is working so well.

Initially if I raise this funding and reach the target, I will have the chance to receive an extra £500 in funding as well as potentially being short listed to win a business grant of up to £10,000.

These funds will enable my business to grow further by investing in large quantities of silverware. I would like to have an almost endless supply of materials rather than having to shop each week to replace what I have previously sold, to get ahead and be able to save for a future shop/workshop rather than living day to day. It would pay for me to trade at Sidmouth Folk festival and open up an opportunity to trade at other festivals and markets. It would also fund a reliable vehicle that will help me to transport my products and market display around. 


WHY ME - WHAT DO I OFFER

SOZO Silverware recognises that it is has a responsibility to the environment beyond legal and regulatory requirements. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance as an integral part of our business strategy and operating methods.

Working with ethical businesses

We carefully select the events that we trade at to ensure we are working with and alongside companies with sustainable, ethical and environmentally sound practices. 

We have always made the conscious decision to favour events that are 100% vegan, since the values match our own, however we will trade at events that are not vegan. We believe that it is important to show all businesses the value and importance of reducing the impact on our planet.

Why we do what we do

We want to create beautiful pieces and have a positive impact on the world and feel safe in the knowledge that our jewellery and accessories do not come at a cost to those creating it or the environment we thrive in.

Every item is handcrafted from second hand, unwanted silverware. Where we use sterling silver wire in our jewellery creations, our products are ethically sourced using 100% recycled silver from a Fair trade refiner in the UK to ensure no new mining is involved.

By investing in a product from SOZO Silverware you are supporting and promoting sustainable and ethical practices throughout the supply and manufacturing chain, and protecting the environment we all thrive in.

Packaging

Our packaging is minimalistic and we use materials (mainly brown paper bags and tissue paper) which are either reusable or recyclable.

Vegan

All products are cruelty free and no animal products are used in our creations.

Zero waste

SOZO Silverware is a small independent Devon based business, built from a bedroom start up with genuine passion to offer recycled products. We have a ZERO waste policy, after spoon handles are crafted into rings or fork tines into earrings, the remainder materials are used for earrings, necklaces or key rings. Anything that can not be used is sent off to be recycled by a well established jewellery making supplier.



FUTURE PLANS

My vision is to eventually open an eco art and craft shop where I can also showcase the work of others all under one roof. 

Please help my little business thrive and pledge on one of the rewards today. With your support there will be one more women entrepreneur in the UK.

Love & Light,

Zoe X

SOZO Silverware

@sozosilverware

#spooningwithsozo

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

30 of 40 claimed

A FREE affirmation bangle :)

For the last 2 days of my crowdfunding project, I am offering a FREE affirmation band with a quote of your choice. It will be posted directly to you or a recipient of your choice. *Please leave your email address.

£1 or more

EVERY PLEDGE REALLY DOES HELP!

For anyone pledging £1 or more, you will receive a discount voucher to receive that £1 back in my online Etsy store or in person if you come to one of my markets. You will be on my forever grateful list. I require as many pledgers as possible, so this really does count. *email address required.

£5 or more

A GENEROUS ACT OF KINDNESS

Join the forever thankful list and receive 10% off your next online purchase. *email address required

£10 or more

10 of 100 claimed

15% SAVINGS ON YOUR NEXT PURCHASE

Join the forever thankful list and receive 15% off coupon for your next online purchase or in person at one of my markets. *email address required

£10 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A FREE guitar pick!

For the last day of my crowdfunding project, I am offering a FREE guitar pick with a quote of your choice. It will be posted directly to you or a recipient of your choice. *Please leave your email address.

£20 or more

4 of 100 claimed

20% SAVINGS ON YOUR NEXT ORDER

Join the forever thankful list and receive 20% off coupon for your next online purchase. *email address required

£40 or more

0 of 10 claimed

SPOONING WITH SOZO

Join the forever grateful list and receive a stamped teaspoon with words of your choice. *email address required (must collect from a local market)

£50 or more

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£10 OFF YOUR NEXT ONLINE PURCHASE

Pledge £50 or more and you join the forever grateful list and receive £10 off your next online order. Offer applies in person at one of my markets too *email address required

£60 or more

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FORKING WITH SOZO

Join the forever grateful list and receive an elefork keyring (must pick up from local market) *email address required

£100 or more

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A FREE product :)

Pledge £100 or more, join the forever grateful list and receive a FREE product of your choice from my entire collection. *email address required

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