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Edisons – Reinventing Genius

WISE Ability has set up a Social Enterprise coffee shop in Sheffield City Centre called Edisons Coffee to change the perception of the entire coffee service sector. The aim is to deliver a high quality product with the community at heart.

Edisons Coffee work to combine socially aware solutions with a passion for great tasting innovative blends of coffee.

So what makes Edisons Coffee different? Looking at things in isolation, there is a real passion for doing right for the local community, from suppliers and the source of product, to the delivery of service and are not afraid to take on the bigger less community orientated or social aware competitors.

Edisons Coffee have huge ambitions; national recognition and coverage within a short period of time, and then onto creating an international presence.

Through WISE Ability, Edisons Coffee hail from a socially aware UK charity with Australian heritage, which is reaching out across the globe to bring good ethics as well as good coffee to the UK. As a not for profit organisation, they aim to put money and care back into the community with absolutely no compromise on quality. They will provide opportunities for local people, and through their training and development programme believe they will bring out the best in people.

Kay Sutton CEO said “We are not ‘just another chain brand’ – we’re so much more than that. Our main aim is to reinvent the way people look at employment opportunities and community development initiatives through innovative and exciting ways.

For us, we are an aspirational coffee shop chain which adopts an innovative, socially aware brand message. We are a not for profit organisation, operating for the good of the local community without compromising on the quality of product or service. We offer a premium service offering excellent products under an aspirational brand, and I am proud to be part of such an exciting and important opportunity to challenge the status quo in the coffee service sector and bring a more socially aware concept to the industry”

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