Velocity Café

Velocity is a cafe and bicycle workshop based in Inverness. They have one aim : to help people get on their bicycles and promote a healthy, happy lifestyle. At the point of applying to Just Enterprise in 2012 Velocity was a fledgling organisation that had grown out of enthusiasm.

Having won a business idea competition, the café had been set up on a tight budget with recycled furniture and furnishings and Velocity needed support to get the operation properly established as a viable business.

Just Enterprise helped the organisation to refine their business plan and implement the 3 core themes within it of the café, bike workshop and bike academy for disadvantaged young people. The programme also assisted them to secure a paid graduate who was able to get it to the point of being profit-making. The café is now well established as a meeting place in Inverness, for cyclists and non-cyclists. It is a thriving business that makes the most of local food producers and seasonal organic produce.

"We have been extremely fortunate in receiving support from Just Enterprise since the beginning of our idea. The support has come in advice, experience sharing, connections with experts and others. Without it we would probably still be wandering the streets of Inverness". Laura Nicolson,
General Manager, Velocity Cafe

Young Enterprise Scotland (YES)

YES provide training and practical learning experiences to young people aged 5 to 25, from all backgrounds, across the whole of Scotland. Having earmarked an unused nursery in Rouken Glen Park on the outskirts of Glasgow to develop as a social enterprise hub, YES approached Just Enterprise for support to develop a business case with which to take their idea forward. The plan needed to cover a four year period detailing the introduction of new services and include financial projections that would satisfy a range of partners and funders.

The Just Enterprise adviser worked with organisation to identify the staged introduction of new fee earning services and contracts, which were then developed into a realistic set of financial projections. The template allowed YES to review a number of options that were available to them and whether or not each option was financially sustainable.

YES Academy was officially opened on 28th March 2014. Run by operation manager James Ward, who also manages Albion Rovers FC, the centre includes five new training and classroom areas to train young people through vocational and modern apprenticeship programmes.

"The YES Academy is an exciting new project for Young Enterprise Scotland which benefitted from excellent financial and business financial advice from Just Enterprise. The whole experience has allowed us to proceed full of confidence that the project is equipped for success". James Ward,
YES Business Development Manager