Moxie stayed local this time, with a visit to one of Cheadle Hulme’s coffee shops, SK Eight. Sk Eight, however, is a coffee shop with a difference – it’s a social enterprise, and all profits go straight back into the local community. That doesn’t mean it’s any less excellent than Cheadle Hulme’s other eateries – the ethical Grumpy Mule coffee is superb and the locally-sourced food just as good (let’s just say we weren’t the only ones to stay for lunch…)
We were welcomed by Carolyn and Jayne of SK Eight, and Aine, Foundation Manager of Equity Housing – of which SK Eight is part. The coffee fuelled the usual mingling and chatter nicely – and the delectable pastries caused on the odd lull in the conversation. Introductions were made and friendships forged – as well as some of the most unlikely conversations ever to have taken place under the guise of networking (thus proving to anyone yet to be convinced just HOW different this is from bog-standard, stuffy networking groups!)
We were all most impressed when Aine showed us around the conference room upstairs. With a fantastic bird’s eye view over Cheadle Hulme, this is a fantastic space for meetings, courses, etc and it’s available to the community. Wendy completed the introductions with her usual aplomb and we headed back down to SK Eight to ensure no pastries were left behind.