Catering by Churchill is delighted to announce a new partnership with social enterprise Change Please – a coffee brand unlike any other.
We, like most organisations, appreciate the responsibility of adding social value to our local communities; providing opportunities and making considerable differences to peoples’ lives. Change Please have gone a significant step further; a step that has left Churchill in all honesty, awe-stuck and full of admiration.
Change Please was created with one extraordinary intention. To use the nation’s love of coffee to end homelessness once and for all; through their revolutionary, progressive and self-sustaining business model, and with which ‘Good Coffee Doing Good’ was borne.
Change Please use the support and power of The Big Issue to empower homeless people with the skills, equipment and speciality beans they need to become fully-fledged baristas. Every barista is provided with housing, training and support and is paid the London Living Wage.
The speciality coffee is produced by Old Spike Roastery in Peckham, London, which was the original social enterprise that now forms the backbone of the Change Please project. Starting with one van in Covent Garden in 2015, within 12 months Change Please had eight vans, and today are already in 14 sites, a regular presence at key events such as Amazon Summer Party and the Brit awards, and have just launched their award winning coffee in Sainsbury’s.
Word has spread across the world with 2.6m social media impressions and global press attention, including a documentary feature on the BBC. The Guardian points out that: “Change Please serves up cappuccinos, lattes and fresh hope.”, while The Metro aptly calls the social project: “An extra shot of kindness.”
In partnering with Change Please, Churchill are delighted to be the first organisation in the UK catering industry to fully recognise the difference they have made. We believe, through our presence in the industry, that we can broaden and strengthen their brand, extend the reach of their message and serve their great tasting coffee to a wider audience.
Churchill have already began serving cups upon cups of goodness at our Change Please branded outlets at Capital City College Group, Westminster Kingsway college, City and Islington College and Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Southall (West London) Colleges.
Cemal Ezel, Founder – Change Please confirms… “The partnership with Churchill, will help Change Please and Old Spike to reinvest 100% of profit generated to lift more people out of homelessness. The continued focus on the quality of our coffee has led to a ‘Great Taste’ award and also winning ‘Best Coffee 2016’ at the World Beverage Innovation awards.“
Rebecca Bridgement, Managing Director – Catering believes… “Our respect for Change Please, in its purpose, its clarity of business model, its success and indeed, its product could not be higher. We are incredibly proud to partner with Change Please. It’s warming for us all, not just the consumer, when we see each cup of goodness bought at our client sites.”
Joel Briggs, Group Managing Director is clear in his admiration… “Its simplicity is beautiful. The more coffee they sell, the more carts they can buy and the more homeless people they train. We will champion Change Please throughout every aspect of our catering business, and in doing so, help maintain the momentum and quicken the pace of change they are admirably making on our cities’ streets.”