E025: Social Bite Cafes Working to Eliminate Homelessness

In this episode I’m thrilled to be interviewing one of the co-founders of a social enterprise called Social Bite, Alice Thompson.
 
Social Bite started out as a socially conscious cafe and in only six years it’s evolved into a pioneering social enterprise that’s committed to eliminating homelessness in Scotland. It’s a cause I’ve been supporting for years and is an excellent example of how a business can be a force for good.
 
During our conversation we discuss:
– The evolution of Social Bite from a cafe to an organisation leading how Scotland is now tackling homelessness
– The value of responding to the needs of those in front you and having this influence the scope of a business
– How Social Bite balances income generation with supporting homeless people
– Ways businesses of all sizes have supported and contributed to their growth
– How having a social purpose can make it easier to win business relative to competitors
– How they secured George Clooney, Leonardo De Caprio plus Harry and Megan as supporters of their work
 
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About Alice

Alice is the Co-Founder & Director of Social Bite. Her journey to creating Social Bite and the fascinating events that have followed is nothing short of bold and refreshing.
 
Now, in 2018 Social Bite is on a mission to end homelessness in Scotland, using the tried & tested Housing First model by funding the UK’s largest ever Housing First programme (The 800 Home Campaign), and lobbying Parliament to adopt this as policy.
 
Social Bite believes in a Scotland where homelessness is no longer a part of our society. This year Alice accepts an Honorary Degree of Doctorate from Queen Margaret University in recognition of her significant contribution to public service.

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