Investec Beyond Business has supported over 50 social enterprises in east London. Meg, Founder of Fat Macy’s was awarded a place on the Investec Beyond Business programme back in 2016 and has since gone from strength to strength.

It all started with an idea

Before starting Fat Macy’s, Meg worked in a North London shelter and witnessed first hand how much residents engaged with the weekly cooking classes run by a colleague. She worked with a group of residents to co-design a supperclub, run and prepared by the residents to raise money for deposits for their own homes. Many supper clubs and cooking classes later, Fat Macy’s has developed into a fully rounded training programme that provides culinary and hospitality training to young people at risk of homelessness.

30 trainees have now completed the Fat Macy’s programme and they’ve secured five housing deposits for people to move into their first home.

‘Thanks to Beyond Business, we received valuable support to help develop our business plan and take our business into the next phase. We were able to bring more people onto the programme and provide more opportunities for Londoners at risk of homelessness.’

Business is booming

It’s fantastic to see Investec Beyond Business alumni continue to grow. Fat Macy’s is currently working with a whole new cohort of trainees and have big plans to scale their impact in 2022. They have also just launched another restaurant in Shoreditch, Sohaila, serving Lebanese inspired small plates. See you there!

Have you recently launched a social enterprise in east London, or do you have a great idea for one? Find out more about the programme.

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