The date is coincidental, for rather than delivering an ‘Address to a Haggis’, Gordon Richardson, founder of Beanscene – the coffee and music house chain spreading rapidly throughout Scotland – will instead deliver an address to female entrepreneurs at a special Women Into Business event at Gean House, Alloa on 25th January at 6.30pm.
The event is part of the Women Into Business campaign which aims to boost the local economy by encouraging more women to set up in business with support and advice from peers and experts.
The Women Into Business programme, run by the Business Gateway on behalf of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, offers practical support, encouragement and guidance to women who want to unlock their potential by running their own business.
Stuart Ogg, operations director at Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, said: “We are delighted that Gordon Richardson is able to speak at the next Women Into Business event. Those attending will benefit from hearing about a real business start up success story and will gain valuable insight into some of the high points and challenges that starting up a business can bring.
“Ensuring a good flow of business start-ups is central to developing an economy that is sustainable for Forth Valley. Regardless of whether the business is still an idea that needs to be scoped out or is already underway, I would encourage women to come and hear from an experienced entrepreneur and find out what support is available.”
Evoking the coffee culture promoted through the coffee houses of ‘60’s Soho, London, Greenwich Village, NYC and the Italian quarter of San Francisco and located in thriving suburbs rather than city centres, Beanscene offers a meeting place for catching up with friends, family and colleagues; somewhere that kids are made to feel welcome; somewhere customers can sit back and soak up some sounds, while relaxing over an espresso and a bite to eat in their own backyard. It’s all about the recipe – a unique blend of ingredients that combine to create the perfect, highly energised yet fully laid back environment.
As Richardson said, “What sets Beanscene apart from other coffee houses and music retailers is that we bring our passion for music and our constant pursuit of the ultimate caffeine kick together at each and every store.”
Beanscene stores are open for business from 7.30am – 11pm seven days a week, offering a broad selection of coffees, soft drinks and accompanying muffins, baguettes, sandwiches and pastries. The food offering, available all day, extends to soups, salads, vegan stews, nachos, tapas, pizza and paella – with healthy options for kids. Additionally, Beanscene operates a Bring Your Own Bottle policy for diners – all in a smoke free and child friendly environment, with full baby changing and toy box facilities
There are currently 13 Beanscene stores spread throughout Scotland employing a staff of 150.