Social enterprise café at Belfast City Hall

Loaf Catering, a social enterprise that provides training and employment opportunities for local people with learning difficulties, operates Belfast City Hall’s Bobbin Coffee Shop.

Social enterprises are money-making businesses that invest profits into good works that have a positive impact on people, communities and the environment.

Loaf Catering’s profits support the work of its parent organisation the NOW Group, a social enterprise itself that provides support for people with barriers to employment and learning across Northern Ireland. Loaf’s kitchens are also accredited training sites where it provides 20 training and work experience placements-a-week for NOW’s catering trainees with learning difficulties.

The Bobbin Coffee shop will be Loaf’s fourth cafe and is the latest success story in the continued expansion of the business in what is becoming a watershed year for the social enterprise and its advocacy of the #BuySocial ethos. Loaf has also won a number of large catering contracts across all sectors, including a prestigious one with NICVA.

The Bobbin Coffee Shop’s opening hours are: Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4.30pm; Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and; closed on Sunday. Opening hours may vary during public holidays.

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