Adding social value with facilities management contracts
By Derwent fm
Derwent fm provide facilities management services for a number of buildings at Brindley Place in Birmingham, which are the offices for the organising committee of a major sporting event to be held in the city in 2022.
As part of our wider objectives as a business to bring about positive change in our wider communities (which is also closely aligned with our client’s mission). We sought a catering partner which will deliver a positive social impact that will help the region grow and succeed.
Birmingham based Evolve is a not-for-profit social enterprise giving support to 16 – 25-year-olds who face barriers to employment. They provide training and employment opportunities to young people via their not-for-profit coffee shops where young people are trained as Baristas on 6 – 12 month fixed term contracts.
Evolve’s second active coffee shop is now opening and operating at Brindley Place. The space has been donated rent free by our client as part of the social impact and legacy value associated with the city hosting a major sporting event.
Service started in May 21 and will, once the whole team are in place, be able to serve up to 800 customers each day from the buildings been used by the organising committee (at their peak occupancy in 2022). All profits raised from the coffee shop will be re-invested into the sporting events legacy fund for the city.