Paddy & Scott’s, the Suffolk coffee firm with fuelling stations throughout the country, is marking 15 years in business this June, as it celebrates the most successful year in its history.
A Suffolk coffee company with a mission to improve quality of life for coffee growing communities, Paddy & Scott’s was launched by Scott Russell back in 2007 as a hobby. Today, Paddy & Scott’s coffee is enjoyed by 000s of people all over the world and is on course to have funded 1 million school meals by 2025.
For 15 years Paddy & Scott’s has built a reputation for high energy, social impact and being a great company to work for and trade with. A number of global and local high-end organisations from hospitality, leisure and retail partner have helped the business raise its coffee ambitions. And, despite the tumultuous covid years, the business is now stronger than ever with plenty of new partnerships, a digital focus and record growth this year – an 82% increase versus pre pandemic levels – with some of its coffee shops enjoying increased sales of 46.5%.
“When I started this hobby back in 2007, I never thought we’d get to the teenage years or help change the lives of so many! In that time we’ve helped several team members become successful entrepreneurs and launch their own businesses, donated £££s to good causes and worked to transform a coffee growing community in Kenya,” comments founder, Scott Russell.
The Meru Farm Project in Kenya has seen the firm assist a coffee growing community to create a viable farm which supports the local community. Alongside providing equipment and education, it has also funded the installation of a water filtration system, helped rebuild the local primary school, created model farms for future generations to learn the trade and is currently building a multipurpose hall and science laboratory at the school.
This year also sees some changes at the top as Scott is shifting his focus towards community interest projects, including the Paddy & Scott’s Foundation, whilst MD Jon Reed is promoted to CEO, supported by Operations Director, Zoe Hill.
“One thing Paddy & Scott’s isn’t known for is sitting back and letting things happen and that isn’t about to start now,” explains Jon. “Paddy & Scott’s has always been about more than just great coffee. We want to help coffee farmers thrive and give people opportunity. Plans for the future include more direct trade, supporting more communities, roasting new coffees and taking the concept of a drive thrus to new heights. Suffolk is our home and we’re proud to create new opportunities in the region for those interested in coffee.