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Tooting's Young Entrepreneurs: Joshua Mitchell

Tooting's Young Entrepreneurs: Joshua Mitchell

2017-08-17 
| by Editor | Posted in News, Food & Drink, Business & Finance

Continuing our series featuring some of Tooting’s great young entrepreneurs, today we introduce Joshua Mitchell, who recently opened Mac’s Cafe, a community-focused cafe based in the Trident Business Centre.

Here, Josh tells us the story behind opening Mac’s and how he’d like to see the business evolve.....

“My aim with Mac's Cafe is to create an engaging and vibrant space that communicates and collaborates with the South London community, serving simple, fresh and contemporary food and top quality coffee from the Old Spike Roastery in Peckham

“I've spent the best part of a decade working in bars, cafes and restaurants and have always loved the idea of starting my own venture. I have a background in visual art and design, so I felt that opening a cafe like Mac's was a great outlet for my creativity.

Hungry? How about tucking into an Avocado & Feta sandwich on toasted Sourdough?

“I was born in Camberwell, just down the road, but I've moved around a lot since then. I spent my teenage years living in South Africa, and this year I just moved back from Stockholm, where I lived for the last couple of years. South London will always be home though.

“Tooting has always had its own thing going on - the only thing that has changed in the last few years is that everybody else has started to realise how unique and vibrant it is! There are tonnes of new businesses opening up around town, but it still has its own identity and a strong sense of community which I'm proud to be a part of.

Thirsty? Top quality coffee from the Old Spike Roastery and a great choice of cakes and snacks are available at Mac’s.

“Having started off small, I can see so much potential for this project to grow. I do not have a fixed master plan that I am working towards, but I aim to consistently keep redeveloping the cafe, both the menu and the layout of the space, in keeping with my idea of what a local South London cafe should be within its community. I love the idea of collaborating with other people with exciting businesses to develop my own ideas.

“The team at Business Launchpad helped me to get Mac's Cafe off the ground and I can’t give them enough credit for doing so. They’ve been so supportive and encouraging of the project since the moment I put forward my proposal, and have been there with me the whole way, giving me business advice, as well as being creatively inspiring.”

We wish good luck to Josh as he takes his business forward and encourage our readers to pop in for a coffee or lunch when they’re next passing – the chicken pesto sandwiches in particular are a Tooting Daily PRSS favourite!

You can keep up-to-date with everything going on at Mac’s Cafe via Instagram & Twitter.

Based in the Trident Business Centre on Bickersteth Road, Business Launchpad offers free business support & counselling to young entrepreneurs aged 16-30 in Wandsworth. To find out more about Business Launchpad, click here.

If you’re a young Tooting entrepreneur who’d like to be featured in future articles, then drop us some details via email – we’d love to hear from you!

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