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Unique Social Enterprise CIC
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CEO of Unique Social Enterprise & Unique Coffee Bar Charity
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Unique opened in January 2000 as a grant dependent youth charity but rapidly developed into a multi award winning social enterprise employing 22 full time staff. Unique operates a diverse range of innovative social enterprises including a highly successful Alternative Education programme, a drop-in Youth Coffee Bar, the UK’s 1st eCommerce Scrap Store (, and the Unique Network (a new project designed to successfully replicate the Unique Coffee Bar model in other towns). 

After gaining a BA Hons degree in Sociology I undertook a post graduate diploma in Community & Youth Work (JNC) and began a career as a full time youth worker. In 1997 I helped a group of young people establish the ‘Newark Young People’s Forum’ which went on to develop the original Unique Coffee Bar concept.  In 1999 I was offered a temporary secondment from the youth service to become manager of the Unique Coffee Bar. This led to a full time move to Unique in 2002 and the development of the organisation’s first social enterprise activities.  I recently gained an MBA with Distinction from Nottingham University Business School. I am also currently Vice Chair of SEEM (Social Enterprise East Midlands). 

Unique Social Enterprise won a 2007 national ICT Hub Award for ‘Delivering Environmental or Social Benefits through ICT’ for the Unique Scrap Store eCommerce site. Unique were voted ‘East Midlands Project of the Year 2006’ in the National Lottery Awards and also won the ‘Green Guardians Environmental Business’ award in 2006