5th Birthday Pop-Up raises more than £6,000 for Smart Works Edinburgh

Smart Works Edinburgh, in partnership with international law firm, CMS, celebrated its 5th birthday in style last month, raising more than £6,000 to help women get back into employment.

For the third year, together with leading lifestyle magazine, i-on, more than 130 guests gathered for an evening to shop from an array of local retailers and enjoy networking with like-minded women who support the Smart Works cause.

Held in The Scottish Café, beautifully refurbished venue by the ever-supportive Contini family, guests browsed stallholders, mostly small businesses run by local women: le tee Paris; Life with Style; Cheri Milaney; Rachel Scott Couture; McTavish Collection; Jigsaw; Dandelion & Ginger; Scottish Textiles Showcase; Bawbags; Black & White Publishing; Grace Chocolates; Vincent Bell and Sarah Haran.

National partner, Jigsaw, treated guests to a styling demonstration, offering top tips to create the perfect capsule wardrobe and key seasonal looks.

Artisan bakery, Creamed Edinburgh, created a beautiful vanilla and bramble birthday cake for the occasion.

It was an important milestone to reflect on past achievements and how far the charity has come in its mission to empower women to transform their lives. And, crucially, the funds raised, will allow more than 100 women to be supported back to work, with increased confidence and self-belief.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who made the event possible – we couldn’t have done it without you.

And, finally, watch this space for more exciting events ahead in 2020!