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Hope Park Workspaces gives hope to life-changing social enterprise during pandemic

Hope Park Workspaces has stepped in to help Sugar Snap Kitchen to survive the pandemic after the social enterprise had to close its café space during the coronavirus crisis.

The on-site team at Hope Park Workspaces helped the charity, which works to transform the lives of the long term unemployed, by reducing its operational costs during the pandemic lockdown.

Michelle Johnson, Managing Director at Hope Park explains ‘At Hope Park we believe business is about so much more than profit and were determined to help the Sugar Snap Kitchen when the pandemic hit.

We are passionate about empowering local communities, while investing in future generations, and when it was clear that the café would have to close during the lockdown were keen to help in whatever way we could; being flexible and reducing their operational costs seemed a natural way to help.”

Based in Bradford, Hope Park supports over 40 businesses in two locations, at Rooley Lane and Hope Park Workspaces at City Gateway, Hope Park is the only workspace provider that reinvests all of its profits into charitable works. Sugar Snap Kitchen has been providing coffee and food at the City Gateway site for the past three years.

As the lockdown beings to ease and people start to return to work, the Hope Park team have worked closely with Sugar Snap to ensure everyone’s safety whilst moving towards offering their food and drinks to Hope Park’s tenants.

A Perspex protective screen has been installed on the Cafe counter, extra sanitisation points and reduced staff who will receive extensive health and safety training will ensure that both staff and customers are safe.

Josiah Sulc, Sugar Snaps CEO, said: “Initially, the coronavirus lockdown hit the Sugar Snap Kitchen team really hard. They love coming to Hope Park Workspaces, serving customers and doing what they do and having to suspend their service has been difficult! But they were quick to bounce back and with a positive, mindset set began to look at what opportunities lay in the crisis.”

Using locally sourced produced and fruit and veg from their community allotment garden, the Sugar Snap Kitchen will be returning to Hope Park with a new menu with daily specials.

A new initiative, due to be launched when the team return – hopefully in July –  means that those working in Hope Park will be able order coffee and food via Sugar Snap’s Instagram account; getting food delivered straight to their desk. Discussions have also begun about creating an outdoor seating area so customers can enjoy Sugar Snaps food whilst taking a well-deserved break from work to enjoy the fresh air.

Josiah added: “Sugar Snap Kitchen is passionate about transforming lives. During lockdown, our team have used all the resilience training, personal development skills and critical thinking experience gained from the Sugar Snap project to motivate themselves.

“They have already identified others that they want to help, as well as thinking about how we can launch a food van, taking Sugar Snap Kitchen’s menu out to more people, in the future.

“Since the beginning Hope Park have supported our cause and got behind our vision. We are really happy that they have helped us bounce back from the crisis even stronger than before.”

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