Dear UK Trade and Investment,

About a company called Pants to Poverty Ltd that was part of a social enterprise bus tour, managed by the British Council, to distinations including South Korea.

(1)
What information is held about UKTI support to Pants to Poverty or Ethical Fashion Forum (which are overlapping organisations - Pants has been two limited companies in succession and a related charity; Ethical Fashion has been two similar-named companies in parallel. All of them shared a habit of running seminars and an office at Rich Mix Cultural Foundation 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA)

(2)
What process was used to select Pants to Poverty for a bus promotion in 2014?

The reason for asking is that, at the time, Pants had a county court judgement against it, was on its second limited company, and was known for organising seminars urging people not to buy British products on ethical grounds. It was never a large company but was a large user of grants from charities, interns, and public sector bodies.
I am happy to provide more information if useful.

regards,

John Robertson trading as Veganline.com
http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/bond.html - company details for Pants to Poverty

BIS.Correspondence@bis.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Requests, UK Trade and Investment

BEIS ref: FOI2016/31942

Dear Mr Robertson

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Amounts in the high tens or low hundreds of thousands of pounds that could be saved by using open source.

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Dear Mr Robertson

 

Please find attached a response to your information request of the 18^th
November 2016 – our reference FOI2016/31942.

 

DIT has applied a Public Interest Test extension for a further 20 days
under the following section of the FOI Act 2000:

 

43 – Commercial Interests

 

Yours sincerely,

 

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Dear Information Rights Unit,
Pants to Poverty has no commercial interests.; it no longer exists.
If you would like me to alter any other part of my request to help you reach a decision, please let me know.
regards,

John Robertson

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Dear Mr Robertson

 

Please find attached a response to your recent information request,
reference FOI2016/31942.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
Rights Unit at BEIS.

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights Unit

 

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Orchard 1, Lower Ground Floor

1 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0ET

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Thank you!

John Robertson

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About
http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/
Plain text version of the reply's main paragraphs:

"With regard to your first request, we have identified the following information held by DIT regarding UKTI support to Pants to Poverty or Ethical Fashion Forum. "

"Pants to Poverty was included on the UKTI’s Passport to Export Programme (November 2011 to November 2012) and then a ubsequent Gateway to Global Growth Programme (February 2013 to February 2014). Both programmes gave the company access to different types of support, including advice and guidance provided by an international trade adviser, and access to the wider UKTI overseas network. On the Gateway programme, the company was also able
to access funding towards the costs of certain activities, such as developing an online distribution system and business trips abroad. UKTI funding to Pants to Poverty for these activities amounted to £4,000. "

"With regard to your second request, DIT does not hold any information related to the bus promotion tour as this was organised by the British Council"

That is the end of the quote.
Readers may want to see an updated web site for Pants to Poverty:
http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/

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http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/bond.html is now a list of what happened year-by-year as far as can be guessed. There is another page as well:
http://pantstopoverty.org.uk/jobs.html

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