Social enterprise Fair Shot Café to open in Mayfair

Fair Shot provides on-the-job training, places interns in paid jobs, and partners with employers to create more jobs for adults with learning disabilities. It works with West London College to develop and run its annual trainee program and Action on Disability, which provides ongoing support to trainees while in employment.

Founder and CEO Bianca Tavella set up the company to respond to what she says is the current 94% unemployment rate in the UK for young people with learning disabilities. The cafe aims to transform the lives of young adults with learning disabilities by helping them learn the skills needed to start a career in hospitality.

“Currently in the UK, young people with learning disabilities face 94% unemployment and of those who find a job, 80% are made redundant or leave due to inadequate support and training,” she says.

“With Fair Shot, we aim to have a real social impact on how business owners hire, train and support this community of extremely willing and extremely capable individuals.”

Prior to establishing Fair Shot, Tavella worked at Petersham Nurseries to design and launch its Covent Garden store. During the pandemic, she raised £300,000 to fund her new venture.

“What I love about Fair Shot is working with Bianca. It’s a real privilege,” says Fair Shot Café intern Simon Arwas.

“She has a clear vision of what she wants her business to be. It’s been really interesting learning about all the different coffees and what I’m most looking forward to is Fair Shot opening up and going.

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