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SocialBox.Biz local community innovative tech solutions platform announced partnerships with schools

LONDON, July 7, 2020, – Community interest company (CIC) SocialBox.Biz is committed to helping the local community with innovative tech solutions, and they’ve just announced a partnership with High View Primary School and others to further their cause.

Since schools, colleges and universities are expected to meet their social obligations towards their community, country, etc., SocialBox.Biz wants educational institutions to know they are available for partnering and supporting that endeavor.

SocialBox.Biz manages a “Laptops for the Vulnerable Initiative” in which they take outdated no longer needed but still useful electronics from companies, wipe them clean, and place them in accommodation services. These laptops help the refugees, homeless, and older people get into contact with their loved ones, as well as apply to jobs.

Isolated, vulnerable members of the community have long suffered with a shortage of laptops and computers, and SocialBox.Biz has been working to help these groups with its digital inclusion initiative Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative for many years. Now, High View Primary School and from other schools in the London and beyond are already excellent case studies how the educational institutions will be helping those in need and showcasing their non-educational benefits.

The Head of High View Primary School tweeted that they were looking forward to working with SocialBox.Biz’s Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative. Charities supporting older people, homeless and refugees are also included in the initiative. They are excited that their old computers are being reused with Neverware and other open source software, which will prolong the lifespan of old, no longer needed but still useful computer hardware.

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“Neverware has always focused on increasing access to fast, secure computers for the people that need them most,” said Andrew Bauer, CEO of Neverware. “We often say that CloudReady is an operating system for everyone, so I’m pleased and grateful that SocialBox.Biz and High View Primary School are using the CloudReady Home Edition as part of this digital inclusion initiative.”

Ryan Gandola, senior social impact consultant at SocialBox.Biz said,“This cause will also help students from schools and universities learn more about social impact, reuse, rehoming of items, and sustainability and fulfill their social contract at the same time. SocialBox.Biz is always available to deliver its digital inclusion services and support the local community.”

Due to C-19, SocialBox.Biz is ramping up collection efforts, as well as partnerships with local schools and organizations who can participate so that SocialBox.Biz can help homeless centres and older people accommodation services and refugees.

SocialBox.Biz founder Peter Paduh said, “The Laptops for the Homeless and Vulnerable Initiative empowers disadvantaged people and promotes the principle of self-determination via access to the internet. People are able to socialize online with their community, friends, and family and order basic necessities such as groceries. For some people who are already isolated, like the elderly, this is the only contact they may have with the outside world.”

“We are providing schools with an opportunity to look good and attract recognition, awards, and new students, as well as provide an educational opportunity to teach youngsters about the power of giving back,” added Peter.

Reusing old tech also emphasizes the important of sustainability and extending the lifespan of technology to reduce e-waste in the future. Schools can showcase sustainable credentials and also receive green awards and grants for their commitment to the environment.

“We want everyone interested to get involved in this initiative so we can make a big impact on our community moving forward,” said Peter. “Especially with the c-19, there is more we can be doing to help vulnerable.”

Cllr Anton Georgiou from the London Borough of Brent said, “I am pleased to be supporting the brilliant work being done by Peter and SocialBox.Biz. As a local Councillor in Brent, I am acutely aware that there are many vulnerable groups, including young refugees and asylum seekers in my borough who require computer equipment to help them continue learning. Often it is these groups who require the most support, and in these difficult times it is paramount that we do all we can to get them the equipment they need in order to limit any long term impact from being unable to study as normal.

It has been good to introduce SocialBox.Biz to Brent based charities, Young Roots who are also seeking to address the needs of vulnerable groups. I am hopeful that this collaboration will result in more people in Brent getting access to needed computer equipment.”

To organize a collection from your school of office, visit https://www.socialbox.biz/.

International workspace provider, Regus, has teamed up with the social enterprise firm SocialBox.Biz to set up donation points in over 100 Regus sites in London and beyond.

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About SocialBox.Biz

SocialBox.Biz is a community interest company (CIC) improving the local community by providing innovative tech solutions.

Website: https://www.socialbox.biz/

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Local Businessman Aiming for Grand Slam with Rugby Box


COLCHESTER based Entrepreneur Dan Mitchell has added to his portfolio of businesses by investing in Rugby Box, the world’s only subscription box for rugby players.

Dan Mitchell, who owns and runs award-winning digital marketing consultancy Digital Reflow and several other digitally-driven businesses, has purchased half of the Rugby Box business having recognised the huge opportunity in the market, plus the valuable contribution his existing team of developers, graphic designers and marketers could make in pushing the business forward.

Initially founded by Scott Warner in 2018 the idea behind Rugby Box is simple, each quarter subscribers receive a box through the post that’s full of everything they’ll need for the rugby season ahead, including clothing, nutrition and kit-bag accessories. The box retails for £50 (inc. p&p) but the contents are worth over £70.

New Co-owners Dan and Scott met through their own passion for Rugby, both having played for local team Mersea Rugby Football Club, and it was Dan’s company Digital Reflow who built the original Rugby Box website.

In its first year of trading Rugby Box has attracted over 300 subscribers, but with over 2million rugby players in England alone, and the subscription box market expected to increase by 77% before 2022, new business partners Dan and Scott are aiming to grow this to 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

Dan Mitchell, Co-owner of Rugby Box, commented: “As a rugby fan and digital enthusiast this was an investment opportunity I couldn’t resist!

“Scott has done an incredible job getting the business off the ground, but with my resources and experience in retail and digital, we’re hoping to take the business to the next level.

“We’re already implementing changes to the website to make the purchase process as seamless as possible, whilst developing a marketing strategy that will help us reach our goal of 1,000 subscribers by the end of the year.”

Scott Warner, Rugby Box’s Founder added: “We’re excited to have Dan on board, allowing me to step away from the marketing side of the business and focus on sourcing the latest great quality rugby merchandise for our subscribers to enjoy.”

About Rugby Box

Launched in 2018 by rugby fan Scott Warner, Rugby Box is the first and only subscription box for rugby players.

Every quarter, subscribers receive a box packed full of the best rugby gear and lifestyle products.

For more information please visit: https://www.rugbybox.co.uk/

About Digital Reflow

Founded by Dan Mitchell in 2013, Digital Reflow is the leading digital marketing consultancy for premium and aspirational brands across a diverse number of industries, from professional services to consumer brands.

Based at The Old Joinery, just outside Colchester, the business works with local, regional and national businesses looking to improve brand awareness and increase lead generation.

The dedicated team combines design, web & digital marketing strategies to transform businesses into brands, achieve hard, measurable results, financial growth and brand engagement.

For more information please visit https://digitalreflow.co.uk/.

Press Contact

For further details please contact Lois Ransome by emailing lois@digitalreflow.co.uk or calling 01206 589 967.

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Exeter volunteers & local businesses band together to supply PPE Face-masks for care-workers


In response to the dire need for PPE for frontline healthcare staff, a non-profit group has formed called PPE4Exeter with a goal of manufacturing 5000 face-masks in the next four weeks.

What started as a small group of volunteers, making face-shields for GPs surgeries and local health and care teams in Devon and Somerset, has blossomed into a collaboration between individuals, local businesses, and organisations, who have already managed to supply over 600 face-masks to frontline staff in the Exeter region since banding together just under three weeks ago.

The group has combined their skills and contacts, working with suppliers and a design team and led codesign processes with clinical teams, to ensure that the face-shields are made using the latest national guidance and align with the needs of the frontline staff that receive them.

Now, PPE4Exeter is looking to increase its capacity to create and distribute this vital equipment to local care-workers and NHS staff.

PPE4Exeter needs to raise funds in order to source materials and equipment, to produce this vital PPE for the frontline workers within our communities.

With help from the public, it is estimated that the social enterprise can assemble and deliver a further 5000 face-shields, within the next four weeks.

A donation of just £5 can provide a re-usable face shield for a local GP, nurse, care-workers, and community response workers who are working in health, social care, and charity settings.

“are-workers on the frontline, looking after patients with COVID-19, are themselves most likely to contract or spread the virus,” said PPE4Exeter’s Jocelyn Mills, “The best way to protect our communities is to protect those who are working to keep us safe.”

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To donate, find out more or get involved, go to www.ppe4exeter.co.uk or visit our Crowdfunder page.

For photos, interviews, and further press information, please contact below
Jocelyn Mills, PPE4Exeter
Exeter, UK
mailto: ppe4exeter@gmail.com or ppe4exeter@gmail.com

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