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Customers at Unity Kitchen Tooley Street

Partner with us

Got a taste for social enterprise?

The Camden Society's Unity Kitchen model offers partners multiple benefits far beyond good food and drink. With every new branch, we create significant social value for money via ethical business.

We bring 25 years' experience, a softer approach and expertise in working with communities – qualities that really set us apart from purely commercial suppliers.

So, if you're interested in a Unity Kitchen social enterprise partnership at your place, read about the benefits below and get in touch.


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.

Two older ladies eating lunch

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 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 a disability.

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 and community.

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

A catering apprentice in an industrial kitchen