Tucked away in East Oxford cafe is a food business with a big plan. The Oxford Project launched last year, an offspring off lockdown made possible with help from the Innovate UK grant. Their aim? To connect local entrepreneurs from all sectors with hireable, professional spaces.
If you’ve ever searched for a venue space in Oxford you’ll know it’s hard to uncover them all. The Oxford Project provides an easy to navigate platform to list, promote, and book venues; like Cafe Kraken on Hollow Way, which combines a co-working space with professional kitchen. An ideal solution for street food traders considering fixed premises, or ‘home kitchen’ takeaway businesses in need of a professional kitchen.
4 ways The Oxford Project will help local entrepreneurs and consumers:
1 – Professional kitchens & spaces to hire
From professional kitchens to event spaces, cafes and retail shops – The Oxford Project plans to list spaces to hire in Oxfordshire. The organisation also plans to extend the offering to further professional spaces like art and recording studios, community halls and pubs.
View their interactive map to find local venues, view availability, then book through their website. Venues will pay a % fee for bookings, but nothing upfront – making it a low-risk way to market their hireable spaces.
Street food traders looking to hire profession kitchens can book directly through the website, upload health & safety docs and make use of the facilities. The current venue on Hollow Way OX4 is already in use by three different street food traders, on separate days, and has micro herbs grown on-site available for purchase.
The organisation is looking to empowering local street food traders, and is actively looking for more of them to come onto the FEED platform.
2 – Online food ordering for takeaways and deliveries
Online orders can be taken from multiple vendors in a single order. The FEED Oxford website and app currently features local street food from Jollof Kitchen, Pub Grub and The Greek Gorge, with delivery options available to them through Deliveroo, Just Eat, as well as an in house fleet of electric vehicles – and soon to be drones.
3 – Delivery by electric fleet or drone
The team has already tested out drone deliveries and plans to launch delivery by UAV sometime soon. So watch this space – or rather, look up – for food deliveries flying through the air to your door.
4 – Co-working space
The project is currently based in Cafe Kraken at 135 Hollow Way, which will reopen as a cafe and co-working space after lockdown.
Co-working at the cafe simply requires a minimum spend of £10/day. This is a brilliant deal, covering a freshly made sandwich, cake and coffee. Each desk has recycling bins, with plenty of plug sockets and screens between each desk, for privacy and social distancing.
How can you get involved?
- Venues: All sorts of venues are of interest, including office, retail, creative, kitchens, pubs, and more. If you have any sort of space available for hire, they would love to hear from you; get in touch with The Oxford Project.
- Street food traders: get in touch with the team at FEED Oxford to discuss joining.
- Space bookings: visit their Professional Spaces page on their website to find a space to hire and make a booking.
- Takeaway customers: check out the FEED Oxford website or download the app to see what’s available and start ordering.