A former accountant is boosting the employability of socially disadvantaged individuals in Leeds – while providing city workers with healthy snacks.
James Blandford has launched a new social enterprise called Red’s Larder, which delivers healthy snack boxes to offices and provides work experience and training to disadvantaged people.
Red’s Larder is described as a local community interest company and is run in partnership with a charity called Foundation, with backing from Lloyds Banking Group and the Nominet Trust.
The enterprise, which is fronted by Red the Squirrel, pictured, delivers healthy, wholesome treats like nuts, seeds and fruit to people at their desks, with prices starting from £3.69 a week.
James said: “We think our product is great.
“Workers in Leeds can treat themselves, never feel peckish or short of energy at work again and at the same time invest in their community.
“It’s such an easy way to help with a very difficult problem in our community. The guys we help don’t want a freebie but a chance to show what they can achieve. We are trading to turn lives around, not asking for handouts.”