Beyond Food Community Interest Company (Beyond Food CIC), a social enterprise based in London Bridge has won the Education, Training and Jobs Social Enterprise of the Year Award at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London.
Beyond Food CIC delivers professional training programmes for adults who have experienced, or are at risk of, homelessness. Practical skills training takes place at its social enterprise restaurant, Brigade (pictured) - a unique social enterprise restaurant which is part of Beyond Food CIC, owned by PwC, and managed by hospitality specialist BaxterStorey.
The national Awards, organised by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) recognises excellence and outstanding achievements by social enterprises, businesses set up to for a social purpose that reinvest or donate the majority of their profits to meet their mission. There are now nearly 80,000 social enterprises in the UK, contributing £24bn to the economy each year.
Beyond Food runs four inspirational programmes, including the United Kitchen Apprenticeship that helps disadvantaged members of the community back into work through skills development, training and one-to-one personal support.
Chef Founder, Simon Boyle, said, “The awards never fail to inspire me and it's amazing to have so many fantastic social enterprises in one room. Not only are we delighted to have won the Education, Training and Jobs award, but it was an incredible experience for our apprentice chefs who worked alongside Bubble Foods to cater the event for over 400 people.”