Paper & Cup, the coffee-book shop run by the Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), is to open a second site.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of the first opening in London's Shoreditch at the end of September. It followed a successful pitch against several other established businesses for the new site at St Paul's Way, a regeneration area between Canary Wharf and Mile End.
The new Paper & Cup project will be managed by Brent Clark, in charge of the SCT's special projects, who is also responsible for the Shoreditch venue. His aim is to create profitable businesses that can change the lives of less fortunate people who have gone through an addiction recovery programme.
SCT is supported by the senior management of contract caterer Lexington, which is helping the charity to get fully set up and running smoothly.
Lexington chief executive and founder Mike Sunley said: "We were very impressed with the way Paper & Cup pulled off their first opening.
"We are run on strong principles, and if we can make a difference to other people's lives, in the way we strive to look after our own staff, then it's our way of giving something back to society for a most worthwhile cause."
London's design firm Unkel, which also worked pro-bono on the original project, will again be involved in the design of the new unit.
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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