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Hannah Lanfear By Hannah Lanfear

The Mixing Class Collective will run a coffee roastery, café, cocktail bar, & hospitality school in the historic & industrial space of West Silvertown, providing skills & jobs for local young people

Newham Idea stage

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London’s hospitality industry is a vibrant and exciting place to foster a career and has a wealth of opportunity within it, however there is a growing crisis in finding skilled workers, exacerbated by Brexit. With the divisions in community that can come about through property development, regeneration, and gentrification, The Mixing Class Collective aims to build bridges through vocational training and employment opportunities for young people, centred in Newham. The courses will aim to show participants the potential and career progression within the industry, giving them the skills to prosper and even become small business owners themselves. Not only will there be courses that teach entry level skills, students will be able to come and learn ways to progress their career, from bar managership, to brand ambassadorship to sales rep skills. The goal is not just to fill empty front line jobs, but also to show how fantastic the industry is, and how it can offer a lifelong career.

What we'll deliver:

  • A school for Young Londoners to learn barista, bartender, and coffee roasting skills
  • A third wave coffee shop, cocktail bar, and community space for West Silvertown
  • 120 trained hospitality workers a year, including WSET accredited spirits courses

Why it's a great idea:

The school will be in West Silvertown, left derelict for the last 30 years but soon to be the locus for many new creative businesses set up in shipping containers. The project will operate as a coffee shop & coffee roastery by day, cocktail bar by evening, all staffed by alumni of the school on the London Living Wage. The school will ensure that diverse local Londoners are participants, and will be offering a fantastic quality offering and social hub to the new and vibrant business community. The borough of Newham currently faces enormous poverty and disparity with the rest of London. Job prospects are slim with high unemployment rates. Of the 32 boroughs it is the worst off for the income of its residents and has the highest proportion of residents earning less than the London Living Wage. All employees will be paid this as a bare minimum. It has one of the youngest populations – 13.3% are between 18-24. We hope to give young people hope & purpose.

Steps to get it done:

  • Secure all coffee roasting equipment and install
  • Build bar and café space
  • Install bar stations and coffee stations in school space
  • Tutors will take PPTLS Level 3 & HABC training
  • Hire administrative staff
  • Source students through local authority projects, job centres, colleges etc
  • Hire venue manager
  • Run first course!

Using our extensive connections within the cocktail industry we will endeavour to find employment opportunities for graduates of the scheme, in acclaimed and high quality venues across the city. We have garnered support and interest from employers such as Harvey Nichols and the Soho House Group, and we plan to build on this, giving employers the opportunity to make socially conscious hiring choices through the Collective. We would draw on the extensive resources of spirits companies to support the students. The initial groundswell of support from the hospitality community has been enthusiastic and diverse offers of assistance have been made. The business itself would be a pioneering example in bettering sustainability in hospitality, using milk taps on the coffee stations (instead of plastic bottles), hot-composting all coffee grinds and other biodegradable waste (offered to local community gardens or city farms), and attempting to close the loop of waste wherever possible.

Location Newham

About the space

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London Borough of Newham

How will the money be spent?Total £95,498

First year of premises rent - £18,000 (19%)
Salaried project manager/tutor - £15,000 (16%)
Refurbs, design, plumbing, electrics - £15,000 (16%)
Part time admin staff member - £10,000 (10%)
Coffee Tech Solar 2kg roaster - £8,995 (9%)
2 x La Marzocco Linea mini for training - £8,000 (8%)
Water, gas, electric in first year - £5,000 (5%)
Second hand La Marzocco FB80 espresso machine - £3,000 (3%)
Second hand engineered bar station - £1,000 (1%)
Refurbished Hoshizaki IM65LE ice machine - £700 (1%)
Other - £10,803 (11%)

Costs Breakdown

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First year of premises rent
Salaried project manager/tutor
Refurbs, design, plumbing, electrics
Part time admin staff member
Coffee Tech Solar 2kg roaster
2 x La Marzocco Linea mini for training
Water, gas, electric in first year
Second hand La Marzocco FB80 espresso machine
Second hand engineered bar station
Refurbished Hoshizaki IM65LE ice machine
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT
  • Mazzer grinders
  • Glassware, hardware
  • Water filtration system
  • Under counter fridge/freezers


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Funding admission for further students

Total £95,498

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