Winter Blog: Enterprise Christmas, Surplus Feast and new year beginnings

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Hello Food Waste Warriors 

 

Our mini #foodwastewarrior have been having a lot of fun and entrepreneurial food waste fighting activity this winter.  From creating their own wonky fruit and veg Christmas Cards to selling their wonky chutneys in Markets throughout London to hosting their own surplus dinner for the local community, they have been busy! 

ENTERPRISE CHRISTMAS 2017

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 Popping up at Shepherds Bush Market with our artwork, cushion covers and Christmas cards featuring wonky fruit and veg

Popping up at Shepherds Bush Market with our artwork, cushion covers and Christmas cards featuring wonky fruit and veg

 The Bubble & Squeakers at the Dutch Bank head offices in East London at their  #dbmadeforgood  market in December selling their Christmas Cards and Chutneys.  Please note the spotty Damien Hirst behind them!   

The Bubble & Squeakers at the Dutch Bank head offices in East London at their #dbmadeforgood market in December selling their Christmas Cards and Chutneys.  Please note the spotty Damien Hirst behind them!   

 Bubble & Squeak at City Hall's Staff Christmas Carol Event 

Bubble & Squeak at City Hall's Staff Christmas Carol Event 

This December Bubble & Squeak popped up at Shepherds Bush Market, City Hall, Aviva Bank Christmas Fair and Deutche Bank Social Market with their wonky christmas cards, artwork and Christmas Chutneys!  

With thanks to Hatch Entprise for connecting us to the Deutch Bank 'Made For Good' Christmas market.  

We also sold our chutneys at local community events over the festive period and in the school playground.  It was a great experience to get out an about with our mini entreprenuers. Every one of them were fantastic at presenting their project and selling their wares with confidence. 

It also presented a great opportunity for the children to experience different environments outside of East Acton and speak to different people and organisations about what they do.  

SURPLUS DINNER

After School Club hosted their annual Christmas Dinner in December cooking it this year with lots of delicious surplus food! 

The delicious 3 course dinner was eaten by Old Oak Primary School teachers, Old Oak Centre Staff parents as well as the older members of our community.  The children helped to prepare, serve and of course provide an excellent customer experience to all those attending.  

We also had on hand our Christmas Chutneys and Christmas Cards availble to buy.  The kale soup in particular was a big success.  A big thanks to Plan Z Heroes and City Harvest as always for providing the extra food for the event.   

GOOD GYM EALING HELPS OUT BUBBLE & SQUEAK

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In December we invited the good people at Good Gym Ealing to help us deliver publicity to local residents to promote the sales of our wonky fruit and veg Christmas cards. 

The volunteer ran organisation is a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good.

The guys came to Old Oak Communtiy Centre in the evening and speedily posted our promotional publicity through local houses in the Old Oak area.  

We look forward to working with this amazing organisation again, it was great to have them down. 

You can read the full report here. 

 

FUNDRAISING

Many of you kindly took the time to vote for us in the AVIVA Community Fund 2017. 

Sadly we were unsuccessful in getting through to the next round as we did not have enough vote (we hit 2074 in total).  It was an interesting experience.  While we think any business providing opportunities for funding like this is a great thing to do, it was a very time-consuming process for us to get people to vote.  Sadly we simply did not have enough workforce or the time to reach out to everybody for us to be in with a chance.  

But THANK YOU if you did vote, we really appreciate it! Being such a small set up and with competition so high for grant funding in the current climate we are always on the lookout for unique ways to secure Bubble & Squeak's future, and will continue to do so!