Redeem partners with Grow Movement to support African entrepreneurs

Redeem, the global provider of recycling and recommerce services for mobile phones, is delighted to announce it is partnering with Grow Movement in order to support the development of African entrepreneurs. 

Grow Movement supports entrepreneurs in Africa by matching them to leading business consultants from around the world, who volunteer their time to provide strategic and operational advice via web conferencing. The non-profit currently operates across Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi and works with over 1,100 volunteer consultants from professional organisations such as PWC and Ernst & Young, as well as business schools that include Stanford Graduate School of Business, London Business School, Chicago Booth and Cass Business School.

Grow Movement was founded in 2009 and has now helped over one thousand entrepreneurs to expand and make long-term, sustainable improvements to their businesses, which has resulted in over 2,000 new jobs created. These new jobs have a significant impact on improving people’s lives in the community and on the opportunities for future generations.

Over the next 12 months, Redeem will support Grow Movement’s charity work as a donor and by providing pre-owned smartphones and laptops to entrepreneurs, in order to help them connect to their global business consultants and to have the necessary technology to improve their businesses. Once Grow Movement’s country managers have identified small business owners in need of advice, they will use the phones provided by Redeem to work through the mentorship and business improvement program with their allocated consultant. 

Redeem is also carrying out internal fundraising events to raise money for GROW. In August 2016, 15 Redeem employees took on the Three Peaks Challenge and climbed the UK’s three highest mountains in 24 hours, raising £2000 for GROW.

The partnership comes as Redeem completes its transition from a purely UK-focused recycling company into Europe’s largest mobile phone recommerce services business. This year the company has focused on supporting clients with a range of new services including diagnostics and supply chain solutions for high quality pre-owned devices. 

Paul Adams, CEO of Redeem, said: “We’re really pleased that Redeem is partnering with Grow Movement which is a brilliant charity whose work delivers real and long-lasting change to those who benefit from its involvement. Seeing the value in pre-owned handsets is central to Redeem’s business, so we’re delighted that some of the handsets we’ve processed will now have new lives helping to support African entrepreneurs.”  
Rick Kwan, Board Trustee of Grow Movement, said: “We are delighted to be forming this partnership with Redeem which will make a real and immediate difference to our work. These phones will be deployed immediately so the entrepreneurs involved with Grow Movement have a more reliable means of receiving the advice of our consultants, as well as a crucial tool for their business”