Council supports new businesses in Hackney's parks

Two local businesses are set to trade from Hackney’s parks thanks to a Hackney Council scheme that supports local enterprise.

The local opportunity to run temporary catering facilities will be trialled in London Fields and Mark Street Gardens.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
The Council wants to support local businesses and give people greater choice and better facilities in more of the borough's green spaces. This new scheme enables us to do just that – provide the option of good quality food and drink while helping local businesses to grow. I’m also delighted that each of the businesses has agreed to use the Council’s local employment scheme should they need to recruit new staff.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Coppa Cart will be located near the toilets on the Martello Street side of London Fields. From Friday 31 May from 08:00 to 20:00hrs, seven days a week during the summer months. The menu includes home made cordials, home made hotdogs, salads and ice cream sandwiches. Prices start at £1 for a cup of tea and £4.00 for a salad. The pilot scheme ends on the 31 March 2014. Coppa Cart is the trading name of Lardo, a restaurant on Richmond Road. More here: www.lardo.co.uk

Moto Yogo will sell organic frozen yoghurt with toppings and cold drinks from a reconditioned milk float at Mark Street Gardens, from Tuesday to Friday from 4 June, between 11:30 to 18:30hrs. Prices start from £2.80. The trial ends on 30 September. Moto Yogo is a new start up company based in Hackney Wick. Find out more here: www.motoyogo.com
Coppa Cart’s, Eliza Flanagan said: "As always we will focus on using good quality ingredients, prepared simply, using local suppliers where possible. Now all we need is the good weather!"

Both suppliers will use the Council’s local employment scheme 'Ways into Work' if they require additional staff.

The information gathered by the catering facilities and the Council during this trial period will be used by to shape proposals for the future of catering services in the borough’s parks and green spaces.