LaunchMe Cohort 4: Chris Gray Well-Fed Scotland

An innovative social enterprise based in Glasgow, Well-Fed was created to work with and strengthen communities. It does this through tackling the effects of food poverty, social isolation and by increasing social mobility within communities.

 Well-Fed, founded by Chris Gray and his partner in 2017, currently operates a community café, a catering service as well as a takeaway service from their premises in Whiteinch. Since its launch, Well-Fed has provided over 4000 free meals to children and 3000 free meals to their families as part of their holiday hunger initiative, alongside educational and recreational activities. Currently looking to expand to second premises in Parkhead, they are excited to have been given a place on the LaunchMe 4th Cohort. Generating their profits through Well-Feds catering service advertised for corporate clients, home delivery service which targets the mass market and their café service tailored for the local community. They use their profits to invest in the local community, providing a range of different programmes and initiatives.  They plan to scale their social impact through expanding their corporate catering market and securing a dedicated catering facility to boost profits which will be invested in the social work that Well-Fed has developed.

After a successful first year up and running, Well-Fed have the ambition to grow, increase their social output, and make a real tangible difference within the community. Through the LaunchMe programme, they plan to raise the funds needed to set-up and operate a commercial kitchen, which will focus solely on corporate and event catering, to return large profits. They also plan to gain ownership of their current community café space and renovate the building for their own use. Well-Fed’s three-year plan consists of continual development and increasing profit margins, and overall aims to increase the social enterprise's impact on the community. Having tested the catering market, they feel that this is a relatively low-risk venture which has the potential to secure Well-Fed's place as one of Scotland's leading social enterprises.

To find out more about Well-Fed Scotland visit their website: http://www.well-fedscotland.org.uk/

 

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