Five new projects are set to receive support through our Urban Food Routes project, a unique initiative funded by Seeds of Change and the Mayor of London that sees funding and specialist business support being delivered to London’s small food enterprises. The application process is still open, and will be until 30 November 2015. 

The successful projects so far are:

  • Faircatch Ltd, a community supported fishery in Wandsworth. It enables its community in south west London to buy the freshest, locally-caught fish, while paying fishermen a fair price and helping to protect the sea and our coastal heritage.
  • Fruit Magpie produces homemade fruit cheese (a type of fruit preserve) in Tottenham with produce from local urban gardens and allotments, and promotes local food and the reduction of food waste passionately.
  • Barnes and Webb are a London based beehive rental company set up by Chris Barnes and Paul Webb, both of whom are passionate about bees and urban beekeeping, and sharing this passion (and honey!) with their community.
  • Papi’s Pickles (pictured above) is a family-run, community-driven social enterprise that cooks authentic South Indian and Sri Lankan food using the best seasonal, local and organic produce while working with unemployed women from these communities.
  • Love West Dulwich aims to create a strong, thriving community in West Dulwich by engaging the local community in events and other activities.

They will all receive two days of bespoke business support with a specialist adviser, mentoring from Seeds of Change and funding of £1,500, as well as regular updates, resources and materials and attendance at the Urban Food Routes business support and networking event.

Monica Dolan, Projects Manager at Plunkett, said: “This is a fantastic project that aims to help small enterprises to become more confident, and to help them engage with their local communities to show them the huge range of benefits that these enterprises present – whether that’s volunteering, learning new growing and cooking skills, or simply enjoying better access to local food. We’re really looking forward to supporting the five groups.”

Applications for support are still being accepted by the project, with a deadline of 30 November 2015. Support will be provided in January and February 2016. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Find out more about the groups Urban Food Routes has already supported in this short video: