Our vision is for a space that combines the best elements of cafés and co-working spaces. We want people living in and around Bath to know that if they come to Cassia they'll get a friendly welcome, great coffee and cake, a delicious (and plant-focused menu) and the chance to either work informally in our café or work quietly for the day by hiring a desk.
Cassia will also be an ethical company, putting three key values into practice every day:
Community: supporting local charities in Bath on an ongoing basis, including giving Cassia’s staff up to two paid days per year to work for local good causes
Sustainability: wherever possible we will buy locally and ethically; we will ensure that all our disposable products are recycled and biodegradable; we will offer a plant-focused menu because we believe that a move towards more plants and less meat in our diets helps the environment
Excellence in employment: Cassia pays the LIVING wage as a minimum to all our staff, and they keep their tips; we also pay extremely well for overtime and we encourage feedback from staff on how the business is running and try where possible to act on their feedback
The team behind Cassia is Anna Sabine and Tom Graham. Tom is super experienced in the hospitality industry, most recently working as General Manager at The Bunch of Grapes in Bradford on Avon where he's developed quite the reputation for his service, coffee and cocktail-making skills.
Anna has been running a PR firm for 10 years, and having seen hers and other companies make the decision to go office-less post-Covid, she saw a gap in the market for somewhere people can work but which isn't a soulless desk rental space. She's bringing her business acumen to the project and is scared about learning to work the coffee machine.
Starting a business is scary and requires a lot more money than you'd like to think! We hope that lots of people might support us by "buying ahead" and helping us to get some cash in at the time we most need it - the start! We'd also love it if our Crowdfunders could help to spread the word among their friends, family and co-workers, including on social media, to get the buzz going that will help us off to a great start.
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