We Walk the Line is a social enterprise that empowers tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by selling great tasting artisanal coffee.
We only employ people who need a break, young people at risk of dropping out of education or the disadvantaged who need a second chance.
We then coach our employees and teach them on the job how to run their own coffee cart. Coaching them over one year to become self-sufficient business people, equipping them with both business and barista skills.
We reinvest our profits to set up our employees when they are ready with their own coffee cart and pitch, creating a new micro-business.
We continue to support all our entrepreneurs through a franchise model, supporting them with accounting, marketing and the benefits of bulk buying stock.
There are three ways you can help people who need a deserving break to be their own boss:
1) Buy our coffee.
2) Buy Social and book us for your next event, launch or ceremony.
3) Ask us to run a pop-up coffee pitch for you.
We Walk the Line was founded by Mat Corbett and Kieron Tilley, both Fellows of the RSA and Associate Fellows of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Mat Corbett has over 20 years experience in the fields of training, social exclusion, enterprise and employment with a focus of supporting those most disadvantaged in the labour market. He has worked in senior positions within London’s largest Housing Association in community regeneration and established a market leading enterprise division at a London college.
He has considerable experience in the leadership, design & development of regeneration, employment and skills programmes supporting disadvantaged groups including young people not in education, employment and training (NEETs), ex-offenders and the disabled into sustainable work.
Kieron Tilley has also worked with hard to reach groups for 20 years across the commercial, public and third sectors. Most recently he has been a key member of the team which founded and developed a multi-award winning and groundbreaking education charity working in the criminal justice, education and broadcast sectors.
Prior to this he worked for the BBC for several years, firstly for BBC People where he piloted award winning staff development programmes and latterly at BBC Network Radio where he was responsible for strategic learning content and outreach activity. Whilst at the BBC Kieron sat on various boards including the BBC’s Corporate Responsibility Reporting Strategy Group.