Power a Life are an exciting social enterprise business, founded by University of Strathclyde graduate Jeremie Warner in 2015. Power a Life (PAL) provide tech products, stationary and drinkware to companies for events, employee gifting and customer gifts.
For every tech product purchased a solar light is given to a child in a developing country, for every notebook purchased, a notebook is gifted to a schoolchild and with every 400th drinkware product sold a clean water well is dug in the communities they work in. Having more local clean water wells, allows the youngest children (especially young girls) to stay in school, rather than sacrifice their education to walk miles to collect water for the family.
They’ve found real success in the corporate gift market as they have the facility to customise products and packaging with company branding and messaging – creating unique items that also do good. With many businesses taking sustainability and cost into consideration when thinking of promotional items, Power a Life provide a solution that empowers kids and makes a real difference.
Based in the RBS accelerator on Queen Street, Power A life have benefited from being surrounded by other thriving SME businesses in the Innovation District. This has allowed them to grow their small yet specialised team and see the results of this growing business - supplying to global brands and witnessing the life-changing difference they’ve made in impoverished areas.
Post Covid we have slowly moved back to working in Glasgow, mainly in the RBS Incubator. It's been influential for us as it's provided a fresh wave of opportunities for the business, and for us as entrepreneurs to collaborate, meet new people and get that buzz again!
Jeremie Warner, Director & Founder, Power a Life
The team are heavily involved with the communities they help and have sat on meetings with villagers in rural Africa to best understand their needs. From this experience they came up with many innovative ideas, but electricity and light were the logical place to start. They’ve monitored the success of their social enterprise through their partners in Africa, who have seen newfound confidence within the children, improvements in their lessons and grades, and the benefits that the solar lights have provided for the whole community. This has seen Power a Life thrive since they delivered their first solar lights to Zimbabwe in 2016.
Their customers include huge brands such as Chivas, Santander, BP and Swisscard who have used the company to supply corporate gifts and bespoke videos that show the real difference the products are making in developing countries. Going forward, they aim to empower over 100,000 children with solar light.