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Aberdeen Cafe Is Socially Enterprising

The favourite café of many a Glaswegian and Edinburgh resident has made it out of the central belt and opened its first outlet in Aberdeen. Social Bite, which delivers food and job opportunities to homeless people, opened the cafe on Union Street after receiving support from the People’s Postcode Lottery. The business has become a big player in the coffee and café scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with customers able to buy a drink or a meal for a homeless person given free of charge at a later date.

“There’s a definite appetite in the city for great food and awesome coffee, but where the customers can feel good that the money they spend supports those in need.” said Social Bite founder Josh Littlejohn. Littlejohn hit the headlines earlier this year by offering a prize of dinner with George Clooney at Social Bite in Edinburgh, the opening in Aberdeen was the next natural step in an expansion plan which aims to spread across the UK.

“We’ve had so much interest from the local community with people wanting to work in the shop and we’re finally ready to roll out the Social Bite concept in the granite city.” As well as the new café base, Social Bite – whose menus are designed by Michelin Star chef, Mike Mathieson, and a quarter of its staff are formerly homeless – is also offering corporate catering and has already received contracts, from business breakfasts to boardroom lunches, with some of Aberdeen’s larger companies.