MEET THE OWNERS OF WORKSHOP KOFFEE

27 Jan 2021 | Student Life

Having opened in the midst of the global pandemic, Workshop Koffee has already had to deal with it’s share of challenges. However, they proven that they are here to stay by adapting quickly to the everchanging guidelines. In this Q&A we asked co-owner Leanne De Silva what the driving force was behind her and Lynsey Kirkham starting Workshop Koffee, and how they manage setbacks. Here’s what she had to say…

Tell us about your business.

We are a new urban coffee shop in Kelham islands up and coming steelyard. We are a converted shipping container that has been transformed into our wonderful new coffee shop.

What was the driving force behind your business?

Lynsey and I have been best friends for many years and we’ve always dreamt of opening a coffee shop. Due to a few personal reasons, we were finally able to turn our dream into a reality. 

What are your core business values?

Passion, honesty and to have fun. It’s really important that you enjoy what you do. 

How do you overcome setbacks?

Since opening our new coffee shop, we’ve had one of the toughest starts as a business  due to COVID-19. It’s important that you don’t let failure win. Lynsey and I give everything to our business and keep fighting. We’ve had constant setbacks due to the national lockdowns over the last few months, but we’ve adapted our menu and made a few other changes to ensure that our business stays open.

If you had one piece of advice for students setting out their own business what would it be?

Give it your all! Have fun and don’t be afraid to ask for support and advice.

Are there any other brands within your sector that you are following at the moment?

 Steelyard Kelham

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Our biggest achievement has been opening our coffee shop during a global pandemic. We’ve received so much support from the community and have a great following already on social media. We’re really excited to get back to some form of normality so that we can showcase our new coffee shop to the rest of Sheffield. 

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