Hello! I'm Paul, and that gorgeous Citroen HY van is my beloved coffee business, Cafe Continental Ltd, established with love, December 2013
Paul Vickery - Director, Front of House and DJ.
After 40 years, the little Citroen H is ready for a sheltered sit down, where people from all over the world can take pictures and enjoy the gorgeous coffee brewed by the best baristas. As the UK limits trading in the open air, I am looking for a location better suited for this wonderful little concept. The target audience would be for anybody who appreciates something a little different. An alternative to the chains that can offer a personal touch, excellent products at fair prices. I need a space to accommodate the Van (4.26m x 1.99) and hopefully a seating area not to exceed 9.00m x 4.00m in total. In the first year I would expect to turn over around £364,000 based on a trading day of 10 hours 7 days a week 365 days a year serving around 200 customers per day each spending on average of £5. Opening hours will depend on rent fees, licences and policies.
Please find below A Brief History of Cafe Continental Ltd.
Hetty the van and the happy couple.
I have been trading and brewing coffee since January 2014. I absolutely love what I do, particularly seeing the happy faces of my customers when they taste the Fair Trade coffee, be it a Flat White (my personal favourite), Espresso and all the rest, including Hot Chocolate and Green Tea. I think it helps if you love, and work in your business, appreciate and care what you deliver. My coffee is roasted at Bailies Coffee Company, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It's hard to beat, as It can be so disheartening when you try a new place, and are faced with disappointment. Whether it be rude service, poor quality products and terrible atmosphere. Everybody that comes to Cafe Continental Ltd is treated with the absolute best in personal service. I try to be a good reader of people too. It is a major part in my staff training.
The perfect espresso, flat white and hot chocolate.
To die for caramel squares.
Reviews: These have been amazing. Five stars and the comments are truly wonderful. They really help my self esteem, and help to promote the business when trade is not so good. Cafe Continental Ltd is also recommended on Trip Advisor.
I have worked hard to build my brand creating a warm and happy environment, wherever the work takes me. I am extremely proud of what I have achieved. Each day brings something new and although my aim is not to appeal to the masses, I believe there is always a place for something unique, like Cafe Continental Ltd.
BBC Film shoot with Reel Deal Catering (pictured).
Markets/Weddings/Film Shoots: I have been trading on a stand alone pitch since January 2014. However I love the atmosphere of a big event, where traders can exchange stories and empathise with what challenges we might be going through. I have enjoyed several farmers markets, music events, weddings and film shoots along the way - The buzz can be intoxicating. You meet all sorts, and that's the best feeling.
Blackstaff Square, Belfast (my first pitch).
Coffee and music...always.
I have been handing out Free coffee to the homeless since 2015. It has completely opened my eyes to a world I and many others just don't know. I feel privileged to have got to know some of them. They trust me, and often fill me in as to what's happening on the streets. I would like to continue helping charities like these by having a box, where I can collect and donate directly by setting up my own just-giving page.
If being a street trader has taught me anything over these past 3 years, it has encouraged me to take a step back from trying to be everybody's friend. It is a business and try as I may I cannot please everybody. However, I am extremely proud of hearing and reading all the lovely things people have said over the years. I think it helps when you give your very best to every person that is willing to try you, no matter how you may be feeling yourself.
Me and the Ulster Rugby boys
On a personal note, I have been djing for a while and have secured a monthly event near my home town, Brockley, South-East London. I have used this skill to help create the right kind of ambience at work. It really does seem to help lift people's spirits.
My trademark at Cafe Continental Ltd is "lovetoloveyou." I'm a bit of a disco boy and it kind of sums me up. Music, kindness and amazing coffee - that's what Cafe Continental Ltd is all about. Everybody gets a "lovetoloveyou" stamp on their cup, because In today's climate, where intolerance seems to be on the increase, at least when you drink my coffee, it should at least bring a smile to your face.
Cafe Continental Ltd - The Fans.
So if you appreciate something a little different, with that special touch and ethical kindness, please do get in touch and ask me anything you like.
I'd love to know what you think.
Paul Vickery (Company Director)
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Cafe Continental Ltd - lovetoloveyou