A Toxteth entrepreneur is revolutionizing social enterprise in the city by launching a new catering company ‘Soul Fillers’ in the Baltic Triangle’s Camp & Furnace.
Sky Glover, director of Happy Go Cooking CIC and winner of Women in Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year, has been working with Liverpool Social Inclusion Project, ‘Moving On With Life and Learning’ (MOWLL) to set up new enterprise, Soul Fillers.
Soul Fillers, is anything but another catering operation – priding themselves on producing fabulous food with a social conscience. While creating knock-out dishes, Soul Fillers provide opportunities in the catering industry for people with learning disabilities and mental health concerns.
‘FRESH’ Event at Camp & Furnace
Soul Filler’s launch event is titled ‘FRESH’ and will be taking over Camp and Furnace on the 28th of November. ‘FRESH’ will be an opportunity to experience an exciting new culinary experience – including a three-course meal, wine and a canapé reception.
In what promises to be a night as bombastic as the young entrepreneur herself, each of the three courses will be matched to music including vintage fun with ukelist duo The Mersey Belles, harpist Maev McDaid, and brass band Hardcore Hornography. There is also a surprise finale to look forward to.
The location of the event is something which Sky considered carefully: “It had to be the Baltic. This is Soul Fillers home, and we want to show the Baltic Triangle and Liverpool, that for tasty and fashionable catering, they don’t need to look too far from their doorstep.’
History of Soul Fillers and How it Came Together
Sky has worked and cooked in restaurant kitchens all of her life and she has now used that experience to give something back to the city she loves – sharing her skills and teaching disenfranchised adults (of all ages) how to cook properly.
As Sky herself tells it, “I spent years working with chefs, sous-chefs, restaurant managers and the stress that comes with commercial cooking. I decided to use my company, Happy Go Cooking, to improve people’s lives the only way I know how – with good, healthy and homely food.
“With the help of Heidi and Loretta at MOWLL, the cooking class grew and grew. I found myself leading a team of 10 (sometimes more) cooking multiple courses for about 20 people at a time, completely without a hitch.
“I realised these people are more efficient than some of the trained chefs I had worked with!”
Producing everything from cakes, quiches, cooked meats, salads as well as chocolates designed and made by the service users themselves. In a matter of weeks, Soul Fillers went from a social inclusion group to a viable and independent business free from external funding. This was down to the final product itself – high-quality, contemporary, healthy cooking.
Since beginning in August 2017, Soul Fillers has enjoyed rapid growth and has attracted an array of high profile clients including Liverpool School for Social Entrepreneurs, 2030hub, Capacity Lab and Mayoral 100 Business Hub – all of which have selected Soul Fillers as their official catering company.
So, if you are a looking for delicious food, great entertainment and want to support an innovative and inclusive new start-up, get yourself a ticket to Soul Filler’s ‘FRESH’ event here.