Our pioneering, food-loving social entrepreneurs opened the forerunner to Unity Kitchen, Applejacks, in Camden in 1985, managed by our parent company the Camden Society.
Since then we've built a network of successful cafes and catering
operations. In 2010, we launched the Unity Kitchen and Unity Coffee brands
as self-sustaining social enterprises. Today we run 6 outlets across
London – the largest catering for up to 500 people every day at the
London Bridge offices of Southwark Council. Our turnover is fast
approaching £1 million.
But, none of this growth would be possible without partnerships. Working with London councils, community organisations and cultural partners like the Royal Artillery Museum, we've developed joint venture cafes in resource centres, libraries, civic centres and heritage spaces.
We've certainly grown, but our principles remain the same – serving delicious and nutritious food, reinvesting every pound of profit and creating jobs for people with disabilities.
Read about how we developed a unique partnership with Southwark Council.
Each Unity Kitchen partnership agreement is tailored: we'll work with you to design a variation that suits your organisation, business strategy
All partnerships involve us working together to create multiple benefits far beyond good food and drink, including:
Creating jobs and apprenticeships for
local people with disabilities
Serving fresh, affordable food to local communities
Training communities in healthy cooking and eating, equipping young people with cookery skills that will last a lifetime.
Boosting the income streams of partner
organisations, running joint promotions and venue hire packages together
Helping to create vibrant and welcoming community spaces that encourage engagement, activity and fun
Supporting small, local producers and
retailers, and helping to mainstream fairtrade and other ethical purchasing practices