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Fink Street Food wins UK Social Enterprise Award

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Fink Street Food has netted a prestigious 'One to Watch' title at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, which recognises businesses with a good cause.

At a ceremony at London's Guildhall on December 8, judges presented Fink co-founders James Reid and Lewis Greenwood with the honour, targeted specifically at up-and-coming social enterprises.

The nutritious food vendor, based in Newbury, donates most of its profits to mental health charities and projects, with more than £10,000 given since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fink Food's co-founders James Reid and Lewis Greenwood accept their award.
Fink Food's co-founders James Reid and Lewis Greenwood accept their award.

The firm also offers wellbeing-themed cookery classes to vulnerable youths in West Berkshire, and its current charity partner, No5 Young People, provides counselling services to youngsters.

The trophy Fink was presented with at the Guildhall ceremony was created by Designs in Mind, an enterprise employing people with mental health issues.

Mr Reid said of their achievement: "We are so proud to win this award. This wouldn't have been possible without our loyal Newbury customers who have supported us and our mental health mission through the pandemic."

Fink Food's range.
Fink Food's range.

The chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, Peter Holbrook, added: "In what has been an incredibly challenging year social enterprises have given us a real sense of hope.

"They've shown us what it means to put people and communities first, showing real resilience and strength without compromising on their values, integrity and impact.

"From taking on the injustices in the food system and using technology to support people experiencing homelessness to being on the frontline of supporting communities through the pandemic - this year’s winners represent not just the best of business but the future of business."

Fink Food's pop-up can be found outside The Globe pub in Batholomew Street, Newbury, every Saturday, between 11.30am and 8.30pm.

In addition, it markets its range at the White Horse pub in Hermitage every Wednesday between 6pm and 8.30pm, and can also be found at Newbury's monthly Artisan Market.

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