MPower Trading will soon be a registered social enterprise. We have submitted the paperwork to become a Community Interest Company so our name will change to MPower Trading Community Interest Company.
The activities of the social enterprise will be:
1). Running a whole food shop in Prettygate, Colchester with a strong community focus, providing services to local residents and visitors.
2). The shop will operate a small coffee shop & cafe that will provide local residents a place to meet and relax.
3). Providing a delivery service of whole foods to local residents in the Colchester and surrounding area.
The area has no dedicated whole food shop and the area would benefit from a shop offering whole foods (vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free and organic locally sourced vegetables). In particular, since the local Co-op has reduced its range of products and fresh vegetables, local people, especially those without a car, find it difficult to source a wide range of fresh vegetables.
The coffee shop/cafe will provide a much-needed venue for local people to meet up socially, something that there is a local demand for.
By offering a local delivery service the company will make whole foods more accessible to those who are house-bound, have young children or lack personal transport. This is important for those individuals with food allergies and intolerances who often find it difficult to source a wide variety of allergen free products.
The company will provide employment and volunteering opportunities, as well as offer training for local youth and unemployed.
The company will enhance opportunities for local organic food producers, help to reduce food miles, make difficult to source whole food products more easily available and help to strengthen the local community.
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