Lynzi Leroy - Scottish Design Exchange

Lynzi Leroy started Scottish Design Exchange, is a collective for up to 150 artists, makers and designers in a contemporary space at Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh.

The retail space helps aspiring artists to gain experience selling their work in a retail environment. Profits from the business are reinvested in the community and school outreach programmes. The outreach programmes include events and competitions such as book competitions to inspire school children to try creative writing. The winning books are then produced and sold, and profits are reinvested into school playground infrastructure to help health and wellbeing.

Lynzie has met with Colin, our Just Enterprise business advisor several times. Colin has helped her with strengthening her social objectives, exploring options for governance structures and looking at additional revenue generation. They are now working on setting up a trading arm.

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Lynzie says:

The support and encouragement we have received from Colin at Firstport has been invaluable to our team. He really has taken the time to understand the principles of our business and has provided us with clear and concise information on how our business model can best support the staff and community, through the work we do.

Scottish Design Exchange recently launched its primary schools' writing competition Be The Book. The competition will introduce pupils to the publishing process. They will work with illustrators, writers, book designers and layout specialists, to produce a book of their own work. A pilot of the competition has been launched at Trinity Primary School in Edinburgh and the response from the pupils and staff has been very positive.

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