LONDON, UK – Cafédirect were the big winners at last week’s UK Social Enterprise Awards – scooping two prizes. The evening was introduced by Lord Victor Adebowale CBE who shared an astonishing fact that Social Enterprises together pay more tax in the UK than Google and Facebook!
Mark Watson, the endearing half-Welsh comedian, then warmed up the excited crowd that seated more than 450 people who represented social enterprises from across the UK.
When Cafédirect was announced as the winner for the International Impact award, the CEO of the coffee company, John Steel, walked up to the stage to the accompaniment of ‘All around the World’ by Daftpunk.
In slight shock, John thanked the team at Cafédirect and Producers Direct, who are the farmer-led charity that deliver the international impact working alongside 38 co-operatives in 14 countries worldwide. To date, Cafédirect has invested over £6m in Producers Direct and we were delighted that this work has been recognised.
An emotional John Steel, Cafédirect’s CEO says “It is testament to the quality, strength and character of all those involved in this amazing, pioneering business that after 27 years we are being recognised at the highest level by our peers in the Social Enterprise community.