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Coffee pick-me-up for Brighton & Hove Pride

Besi Besemar June 27, 2019

Brighton Coffee Roasters Trading Post to share profits with Pride in Brighton & Hove.

WHAT started as a business-project to rejuvenate a troubled restaurant-site in central Brighton has grown to become one of Sussex’s most dynamic start-ups.

Now Trading Post Coffee Roasters are set to take a leap forward this July in sharing the profits from the firm’s growth with the county’s charitable and non-profit sector – in what is set to become an annual profit-sharing tradition.

From July 15 to August 11 – focussed around Brighton Pride Month – the local firm will donate 25p from every take-away cup of coffee to Brighton & Hove Pride’s community fundraising, the first annual charity recipient.

The scheme will run across the group’s three venues located in Brighton’s Ship Street, Kensington Gardens and Cliffe High Street, Lewes.

The campaign is about more than just raising cash funds too. Special ‘Pride Month’ cups have been printed – which, like Trading Posts’ regular disposable vessels, are formed of a 100% compostable cup and lid.

The celebratory design is emblazoned with a pride flag inspired design to increase awareness and visibility – which the firm has a year-round commitment to.

The team behind Trading Post Coffee Roasters are no strangers to working with the LGBTQ community.

Michael Deol
Michael Deol

Founder Michael Deol said: “Having run Brighton’s largest gay venue [Club Revenge] for twelve years and stepped in to help with the city’s Pride in 2012, I wanted to keep that tradition alive with our new venture. As with so many of the great businesses across Sussex, inclusivity in our workforce is so important – staff-members from the LGBT communities have been a core part of our success. The choice of Brighton & Hove Pride as our first charity partner seemed a natural one, and a great chance to raise a glass (or cup of coffee) to our city’s diversity”.

Harry Woodhams, group Operations Manager added: “Working in a dynamic, local, family-run business in Brighton & Hove is great, and it’s been amazing to see the support we’ve been given by the local community. As we grew, we knew – as a management team – that the moment was right to give something back to those who have helped us become a core part of the city’s community.”

Paul Kemp
Paul Kemp

Paul Kemp, Managing Director at Brighton & Hove Pride said: “We are thrilled that Trading Post Coffee Roasters have come onboard to support Brighton Pride’s fund-raising for local charities and community groups through their coffee sales during Pride month. We are delighted to have been chosen as the first benefactor for the great scheme. We are always happy to engage with businesses who want to support Pride and the local community.”