May 1st is International Workers’ Day, a celebration of the International labour movement. The date is marked as a holiday in over 80 countries and also celebrated unofficially in many nations across the globe. To mark the occasion, we have pulled together some great businesses and organisations from around the world – all based in markets which you can reach with low cost international calls from Vonage.
1) Amir Adnan (Pakistan)
Pakistan’s first international fashion label, Amir Adnan’s designs are a regular sight in fashion magazines, and the label is credited with having re-introduced the traditional sherwani into men’s fashion.
2) Yellowmedia Entertainment (Spain)
A small music promotions company dedicated to championing the musical show movement, started by Celia Del Barrio in 2006. It specialises in theatre productions and music concerts and now promotes the tours of some of the biggest performers and artists in Spain.
3) Samvedana (India)
Samvedana is from the Hindi word meaning ‘compassion’. It is a not-for-profit organisation that strives for the social growth of the underprivileged in inner-city Indian slums, with a focus on children’s health and education. Such growth and development is supplemented through welfare programmes, outdoor activities and workshops.
4) Nando’s (South Africa)
You’d be forgiven for thinking that high-street staple Nando’s was from Portugal, but in face, the piri-piri chain hails from South Africa, where it was launched in 1987 by Portuguese-Mozambican Fernando Duarte. Since then, it has expanded to be one of the world’s hottest marketing brands, with restaurants in 24 different countries as well as a supermarket range.
5) TOMS (USA)
Possibly one of the most successful gap-year projects ever, TOMS came about when Blake Mycoskie witnessed the difficulties faced by children growing up without shoes while travelling in Argentina. Blake returned home to California to start TOMS: a sustainable business that works the ‘One for One’ movement: for every pair of shoes a customer buys, a pair is donated to a child.
6) Haigh’s Chocolates (Australia)
No trip to Australia is complete without a visit to Haigh’s for some of their delicious chocolates. Establishes in 1915, the chocolate still has its original shop and factory in Adelaide as well as branches around Southern Australia where visitors can pick up distinctive treats like the Easter Bilby.
7) Tyskie (Poland)
Poland’s best-selling brand of beer, and also a common sight in the UK, Tyskie was the most sold beer in Europe in 2012 and is brewed in a region of Poland that has been making beer for over 400 years.
8) Emmaus (France)
Founded in the 1940s when homelessness was an acute issue, Emmaus was originally a community founded by Henri-Antoine Grouès, better known as Abbé Pierre. What originally started as an initiative to help provide housing for the homeless is now one of the world’s best known social enterprises, selling unwanted or donated goods to raise money for the homeless.
9) Jennifer’s Hammam (Turkey)
Based in Istanbul’s historical centre, this family-run business is dedicated to working with some of the last artisans that still have a weaving tradition in Turkey. The shop sells hand-woven textiles made on old-fashioned shuttled looms using natural materials such as organic cotton, linen, bamboo and silk and is dedicated to keeping Turkey’s artisanal handcrafts alive.
10) Bionade (Germany)
Manufactured in the Bavarian town Ostheim vor der Rhön by the Peter beer brewery now owned by Dieter Leipold, Bionade is a very popular soft drink in Germany which is famous for its roots in what seems to be the opposite of Coca Cola company culture.