We are thrilled to have opened the doors to our first social enterprise café in partnership with Social Bite, a charity fighting to end homelessness in the UK.
Opened on Wednesday 15th September, by Social Bite founder, Josh Littlejohn and chief administrative officer at RBS, Simon McNamara, the newly refurbished outlet situated within the Royal Bank Scotland (RBS) headquarters, is Social Bite’s first café within a commercial space, catering to both employees and visitors to the site at Gogarburn in Edinburgh.
Customers can enjoy B Corp certified coffee, Dear Green, brewed and roasted locally in Glasgow. The café features an all-day grazing menu with a selection of freshly made salads, paninis and hearty soups, including chipotle crayfish with tomato sandwiches and Mortadella and Isle of Arran cheddar bloomers. Sweet treats include lemon and coconut traybakes, millionaire shortbread and Social Bite brownies.
Originally starting life as a sandwich shop in Edinburgh’s city centre, Social Bite has since become the largest distributor of free food to homeless people in the UK, having donated more than 540,000 food packs during the pandemic alone.
The café will be the flagship site for Social Bite’s new Jobs First programme, an initiative that aims to support those who have experienced unemployment due to homelessness, by providing them with tailored support that will lead to a permanent role within our team.
Ronan Harte, our CEO said: “We are delighted to be launching the first of our partnerships with Social Bite at Gogarburn. The café will offer a training and employment opportunity to people affected by homelessness in Edinburgh and will be a brilliant addition to the food offering within the Gogarburn Street”.
Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite, commented: “Launching a new café is always a huge milestone for everyone at Social Bite, but to be opening a site within RBS’ headquarters after such a successful charity partnership with BaxterStorey and the bank feels even more significant.
“The café will provide those experiencing homelessness with access to secure employment through training initiatives and we can’t wait to welcome RBS colleagues as they slowly return to the office”.