Pasty-selling social enterprise is recognised for its contribution to the community after receiving loan funding and business support from The Forward Enterprise Fund.
HMPasties, a not-for-profit enterprise aiming to reduce re-offending by employing people with criminal convictions to produce baked goods, has recently won the Heart of Salford Award for its mobile catering van that brings welcome food to local construction sites and other locations.
HMPasties was founded by Lee Wakeham. An ex-offender himself, Lee knows how important employment is to living a life free of crime. Lee wants to give ex-offenders a second chance by helping them receive training and peer mentoring whilst employed and earning a living wage.
The award is an important recognition for HMPasties, which has been running for only a year and was up against some long-standing local organisations who are doing some outstanding work. Lee is delighted with the win and explains;
“What keeps me going is that I love what I do, the pride our staff have in what they do and my commitment to making HMPasties a self-sustaining business. The van has given us a real presence in Salford and has also enabled us to create two new jobs. Without funding from The Forward Enterprise Fund and support from Crowdfunder and Groundwork, we couldn’t have achieved this.”
The Forward Enterprise Fund is a £2m social investment fund that supports individuals and organisations creating employment opportunities for ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction. The Fund and its partners provide business support and loans to businesses, social enterprises and charities that help break the cycle of crime or addiction through employment.
The fund is a partnership between Social Investment Business and The Forward Trust backed by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital as part of their wider Growth Fund initiative.
Lee has exciting plans to expand the enterprise by opening a bakery on Manchester Road, Droysden. He is looking to stock produce made by businesses run by ex-offenders and plans to display prison artwork for sale in the shop. With a number of corporate catering contracts on the horizon, HMPasties seems set to go from strength to strength.
More information on HMPasties can be found at www.hmpasties.com
You can find out more information on the Forward Enterprise Fund and how to apply through its dedicated website. If you have a question or would like to discuss the fund in more detail, please contact:
The Forward Trust: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 7691 7612.