FAIR-TRADE accredited clothing business Earth Squared has opened new premises after receiving a six-figure funding package from Royal Bank of Scotland.

Set up in 2001 by husband and wife Alison and Simon Henderson, the business has grown to employ seven members of staff.

Selling primarily through wholesale and online retail, Earth Squared said it offers a range of ethically sourced clothing and accessories including bags, purses, scarves and wraps.

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With customers across the whole of the UK, Earth Squared has developed a growing customer base overseas.

The funding has enabled the firm to open new premises in North Berwick, allowing the business space to expand.

Ms Henderson, founder of Earth Squared, said: “My goal was to create a fair trade business with an emphasis on design and quality."

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He added: “With our supplier based in Vietnam, ethical sourcing and production is our business’s differentiating factor.

“I was delighted to forge a relationship with a supplier who shared my vision to create distinctive, ethical products for mainstream consumers.

“This partnership allowed us to combine our contemporary designs with their excellent craftsmanship.

“The funding has enabled us to open new headquarters in the beautiful town of North Berwick, providing us space to expand the business while remaining in Scotland.

"We’re very grateful for the support, and excited to continue growing the company while positively impacting the lives of others through fair trade.”

Allister Page, relationship manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “It has been rewarding to work with such driven individuals who have created a company which supports and facilitates an important cause, fair trade.

"Under their management, Earth Squared has shown great success and I’m confident the move into new premises will bring continued growth. I wish the company success for the future.”