Welcome to Neal Street, a speciality coffee shop with a difference.
With a history of transforming lives through our social enterprise work, we’re taking speciality coffee to the next level in Covent Garden, London.
At Neal Street Espresso, each of our highly skilled baristas has a story to tell.
Having fallen on hard times they found themselves caught up in lives of crime and addiction, in need of a second chance so that they can live the lives they dream of. And here they’ve found this.
Providing jobs, training and support, our team of ex-offenders and young people who are at risk of offending have found a new purpose in life and moved from being the problem to the answer.
The Message Enterprise Story.
Turn on the news or search online and you’ll soon come across stories of prisoners struggling to leave their old criminal lifestyles behind when they’re released.
With no job or safe place to live men, women and young people who are desperate to turn their lives around can get easily drawn back into old habits and behaviours. Quickly they can find themselves back behind bars and trapped in the ‘cycle of re-offending’ that’s all too real.
Something new was needed, and the Message Enterprise Centre (MEC) was born in Manchester in 2013.
Having worked in prisons across the North West for over 15 years we knew that to thrive outside of prison, individuals need jobs and training to step into, and this is just what the MEC provides in our nine social enterprises.
At Neal Street Espresso each of our trainees has a full-time jobs that pays above London living wage, accredited training, mentoring and the support they need to turn their lives around. It’s a model that has proven itself to work time and again and is transforming lives across the globe.
Whilst nationally 29.0% of men and women re-offend within 12 months at the MEC our rate is just a fraction of this at 2.0%.
Our Christian faith underpins everything we do and gives each team member the hope they need as they transform their life.
Neal Street Espresso is our first speciality coffee shop and we’re excited to have you as our customer and part of our story.