Canning Town students open cafe for business and entrepreneurs

Pictured at the opening of the cafe are, left to right, Chinye Jibunoh – Principal, Ali-Elena Nawar

Pictured at the opening of the cafe are, left to right, Chinye Jibunoh Principal, Ali-Elena Nawar, EBA, Michael C Cooch PriceWaterhouseCooper, Chloe White, EBA and Matas Danilevicius, EBA - Credit: Archant

Parents, budding entrepreneurs and members of the community will be enjoying food and drinks at a rebranded cafe.

Eastlea Enterprise Café is now open for business following a revamp by group of students from Eastlea Community School working in partnership with Jonathan Holman, who is a member of the school’s business group.

The cafe at the Canning Town school opened on September 8 and will be available to small businesses as it will offer free internet access. It will be open from 9.30am until 4pm every day from Monday to Friday and will run courses and workshops beginning in January 2015.

The facilities at the cafe were developed in 2011 as part of the “Building Schools for the Future” project in partnership with the East Thames Group with grant funding of £705,000 from the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. The re branding is the result of the work of the Eastlea Business Apprenticeship Scheme headed up by Jonathan Holman a member of the school’s business group and several year 11 and 10 Eastlea students.

Diana Addai-Boateng, new Chef and Manager of the Enterprise Café, said: “I am delighted to be working here at Eastlea, especially at the start of this amazing project. My aim is to provide a warm, welcoming and friendly service with delicious, quality and value for money refreshments, a place where staff, the local community, parents and young entrepreneurs choose to spend time”.

Chinye Jibunoh, Eastlea Principal said: “It is wonderful to finally see our vision for this facility come to fruition. I hope that our parents and the community will take advantage of the opportunities that will be available to them”.