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We’re looking for a new café provider at Wysing!

We are looking for a catering provider that can embrace the context of Wysing as a creative and cultural workplace. Alongside providing a café offer for the artists who come to work at Wysing, and the public who visit our exhibitions and wide-ranging events programmes, we want to create a café that will welcome local freelance workers, cycling groups and families. The café can be the heart of the artistic community of Wysing. We are looking to work in partnership with a café provider to develop this identity and offer.  

Download a PDF of detailed information, here.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm 31 January 2019.

Invitation for Expressions of Interest

Wysing Arts Centre is an internationally renowned cultural campus for learning and art production. Every year, hundreds of artists, musicians, writers, choreographers and dancers from across the UK and beyond come to work at Wysing, with many staying in our onsite accommodation.

It is important for us to have a high quality food offer that caters for vegans, vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements, alongside café staff with excellent barista skills. Due to our rural location, we want the café at Wysing to be a destination, both for the cultural context where customers might be sitting next to artists or musicians from New York, as well as closer to home. We hope for you to serve amazing and memorable food and coffee that will make them want to return time and again. 

The café has previously operated Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm. There is scope to be flexible about public opening hours.

Ideally, we are looking for

• a small to medium artisan catering or food business offering a good quality menu that caters for a range of dietary needs; 

• a business with a brand ethos that complements that of a shared workspace and cultural campus; 

• a business owner who would like to work in partnership with us to create a vibrant meeting place and social hub for creatives and freelancers, with a willingness to consider hosting events and activities related to Wysing’s programme; 

• a caterer who has other sales avenues that supports the business operation during times of low footfall.

The Café and Site

Although currently closed, we have had a café offer at Wysing since 2016 and the café already has catering equipment in place, alongside furnishings. We have a small budget for some improvements to the furnishings, in discussion with the new provider. Consumables and crockery are not provided. A list of kitchen equipment and a floor plan can be made available on request.

The main seating area measures 13 x 5.3 m (approx. 67 square metres) with an additional kitchen area with an open hatch, measuring 3.5 x 5.3 m (including counter and cupboards). There is an outdoor seating area with wooden picnic tables and there is scope to explore an onsite allotment to provide vegetables and produce if of interest. There is ample parking space for vehicles on site and easy access to the kitchen area for deliveries. The site has 24-hour access and is locked overnight. A care-taker lives on the site. There is optional storage space and a potential desk space on site. 

If you would like to visit the site for a tour and an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Ceri Littlechild, Head of Operations on ceri.littlechild@wysingartscentre.org telephone 01954 717104. 

Download a PDF of detailed information, here.

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is 31 January.