‘Using the capitalist mindset to generate change’: The UK’s first coffee roastery social enterprise

South West Londoner

The UK’s first social enterprise coffee roastery started out in 2015 as a tiny coffee shop in Peckham.

Now, Old Spike Roastery has moved to a bigger site and is responsible for employing 14 homeless people who have been taught at their training school.

Owner Richard Robinson said: “Social ethos is at the heart of everything we do.

“Helping people is a great thing to do, and it’s also a point of difference as a business.

“We need to expand the business in order to keep helping people, so the two go hand in hand.”

Half of Old Spike’s profits are donated to the training academy.

“There’s a real focus on employment,” Richard said.

Jobs include working in the cafe, assisting in coffee production and delivering coffee to all Old Spike’s wholesale customers.

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