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Social Business Secures Contract to Fit-out New KIN+ILK in Pontcanna


A social business which invests its profits back into leading Welsh mental health and wellbeing charity Gofal has secured the contract to fit-out the second in a chain of new artisan coffee shops opening in Cardiff.

PS Facilities Management, part of Gofal Enterprises Limited (GEL), has been appointed to do the work on KIN+ILK Pontcanna after successfully working on the first coffee shop, which opened in Capital Quarter at the start of the year.

Due to open its doors before the end of March KIN+ILK Pontcanna will be located at 31 Cathedral Road.

L-R David Davies, director KIN+ILK, Matthew Cole, director GEL, Alex Jenkins, director KIN+ILKPS Facilities Management is working with KIN+ILK’s Creative Director and Brand Director on the concept development, material exploration, design, costing, build and fit-out of the second coffee shop.

Alex Jenkins, director of KIN+ILK, said:

“As a business, we have a desire to work with the local supply chain and were keen on supporting a social enterprise.  We were aware of PS Facilities Management and its focus on partnership working, so it seemed like a good fit. We wanted a three dimensional approach to the fit out of the first coffee shop as it would be a prototype for planned new sites and PS Facilities Management were able to deliver, working with us to evolve the design through the fit out.

“The quality of the workmanship, the flexibility of the approach and the attention to detail has delivered our project at Capital Quarter to the highest standards, so it was only natural that we appointed PS Facilities Management for our second site on Cathedral Road.”

The 1,550 sq ft premises has space for around 52 covers inside and another 20 outside and in the words of KIN+ILK will be “the same but different” to its first venture.

The coffee shop will have a strong Welsh focus using locally-sourced food and drink from artisan producers and it will aim to bring together creative, business and entrepreneurial people to meet, eat, drink, connect and collaborate in calm and inclusive spaces.

Alex continued:

“KIN+ILK Pontcanna will retain the DNA of our first coffee shop in Capital Quarter but will be distinctively designed to reflect its location and to accommodate a slightly more cosmopolitan market.

“We’re looking forward to working with PS Facilities Management once again to bring our vision into a reality and are excited about opening our doors in March.”

Matthew Cole, managing director of PS Facilities Management, said:

“Being appointed to both KIN+ILK projects has been great for us. The benefits of delivering these projects goes way beyond the obvious increase to our revenue and PR exposure– it really has cemented our belief that working in a flexible and collaborative way with clients can bring fantastic results.  We believe that our style and approach can really meet clients’ needs and we are already seeing this with a growing pipeline of works for 2016.”

PS Facilities Management is the first social business set up by GEL in 2011. It provides cleaning, building and maintenance services to organisations across south Wales, including Flexicare Medical Services, Celtic Horizons, Spindogs, Valleys 2 Coast, Llamau and Broomfield and Alexander.

GEL was set up in 2010 to develop and operate a portfolio of socially responsible businesses that invest surplus profits back into Gofal. At the end of 2015, GEL revealed it is on the acquisition trail as it looks to increase its position in the market.

The business, which is set to grow 150% this financial year with a turnover of £750,000, is targeting £1.8m turnover for 2016/2017 which will be achieved through organic growth and its acquisition strategy.

GEL is eyeing up a number of acquisitions, which will range in size and services, to complement PS Facilities Management.

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