Olive Branch Kitchen
Olive Branch Kitchen CIC, a community cafe and catering business we helped set up in Chelmsley Wood, Solihull.
Husband and wife team Richard and Janine Dutton were looking to create a soft play area at their local church when the opportunity to run a community cafe was suggested to them. As both were trained chefs, it was an offer they couldn’t refuse.
Since opening in May 2013, Olive Branch Kitchen has established itself as a firm favourite among regular groups and visitors to Three Trees (the Baptist Church Centre in Chelmsley Wood), where it now opens for breakfast and lunch five days a week.
“It’s a great feeling to be running a business in the community where we live and to be so well supported by the church, local people and the business initiatives.”
Two years on and Olive Branch Kitchen is continuing to grow and now employs four staff, all from the local area.
DISE made the whole experience of starting up less scary and helped us do all the paperwork, pointing us in the right direction every step of the way.” Richard and Janine, Olive Branch Kitchen CIC