Name of Company:Beyond Food Foundation
Programme Name:Brigade Bar and Bistro
Brigade Bar and Bistro is a social enterprise restaurant that offers people who have been at risk of or have experienced homelessness routes into employment. The restaurant offers beneficiaries a certified apprenticeship programme with personal mentoring to improve their employment prospects. The Brigade Bar and Restaurant’s assets are owned by PwC and the venue is managed by De Vere Venues. Beyond Food Foundation provide expertise to develop and run the employability programme.
The programme is well organised and managed with all partners playing a crucial role. At the start of the initiative, all parties signed contracts which governed how the social enterprise would be set-up, managed, and monitored. At the operating level there are multiple touch-points between the partners and the partnership is monitored on a monthly basis by an operating committee. The partners have also recently conducted a strategic review of Brigade.
Since opening in September 2011, Brigade has employed 61 apprentices from Beyond Food Foundation and provided cooking workshops and employability workshops to over 250 people.