Global Coca-Cola programme comes to Scotland to encourage female catering entrepreneurs

From left - Petra Boznik, Tanya Meager, Dee Dewar (chef), Jennifer Grubb, Rosie Fraser

A global programme from Coca-Cola which aims to empower five million women by 2020 has launched in Scotland for the first time.

Coca-Cola Great Britain, working in partnership with local charity, Showcase the Street is bringing the 5by20 programme to Scotland, with a new initiative in Dundee to help women in the region set up their own catering businesses.

The new programme is offering aspiring female food and drink entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to set up their own business as part of a six-week intensive course where they will take classes in catering and business.

The initiative is being run at a custom-built facility within the current Showcase the Street complex which has been transformed into The Coke Café. The investment from Coca-Cola Great Britain has helped create the state of the art new kitchen and classroom facilities. The launch follows a successful pilot which saw six women put through their paces.

Jennifer Grubb, who dreams of setting up her own online business, was one of the women to take part in the pilot. She joined the project to meet like-minded women and gain the confidence needed to become a business owner: “I have always dreamed of launching an online community where people can share healthy, family focused recipes and resources and was excited to hear the programme had started on my doorstep. I have learned so much during the six weeks and I can’t wait to get started!”

Charlotte Oades, Global Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment at The Coca-Cola Company, commented: “We’re delighted to bring the 5by20 programme to Dundee and help more women realise their dream of setting up their own business. We hope the course will give women the practical skills, as well as the confidence to go on and make their dreams a reality. The 5by20 programme touches women across the world; from Brazil to Indonesia, and it’s great to see it come to Scotland.”

Local charity, Showcase the Street, has benefitted from the investment and charity leader Fergus Storrier said: “Showcase the Street is extremely grateful and excited to be part of the 5by20 programme. Our work is targeted at making the lives of people in our community better.

“The legacy from the investment in Dundee will be long-term as the coffee shop will eventually allow the project to become self-sustaining and, in turn, will continue to support local women to achieve positive results in the future.”

The next course will get under way in mid-October with further course dates to be announced. To be eligible to apply to take part in the programme women must be currently living in Dundee.

To find out more about the scheme or register interest please visit: facebook.com/5by20Dundee or email agate@showcasethestreet.co.uk