UWL and A2Dominion open Orchard Cafe

A new partnership between A2Dominion and the University of West London has been cemented by the opening of Orchard Café at the Green Man Lane regeneration scheme.

The cafe will see recent UWL hospitality and catering graduates use Orchard Café to develop their business models. Current students of the university will also be able to secure work placements at the café so they can gain hands-on experience.

Orchard Café is on Singapore Road at the heart of the Green Man Lane regeneration scheme, which is transforming the West Ealing estate and providing nearly 800 new homes in the process.

Recent graduate of the London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of West London, Vikram Rathour and his business partner are the new café managers and are using the space to develop their business model, which will focus on unique pop-ups and fine dining experiences.

Dawn Wightman, A2Dominion’s Group Housing Director, said: “Located in the heart of A2Dominion’s flagship regeneration scheme, the space is a brilliant venue for local entrepreneurs to develop their business ventures.

“This unique partnership underlines both A2Dominion’s and University of West London’s shared long-term commitment to propelling local people into great careers and to creating new businesses.

“The Green Man Lane regeneration project is not only about building new homes but also creating opportunities for local entrepreneurs and businesses, which support the long-term sustainable revitalisation of this neighbourhood.”

Anthony Woodman, University of West London’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, said: “The partnership provides our students and graduates with the opportunity to prove themselves in a real-world business environment and is testament to our brand promise of being The Career University.

“Critically, this project enables us to invest in our local community in a sustained and enabling way, which is very important to us.”

Orchard Café is open to the public, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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