Gold award for Zest Cafe

Johnathan Reeves, from Zest, receives the award from Kate Storrow, of SUSE.

Johnathan Reeves, from Zest, receives the award from Kate Storrow, of SUSE.

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A café in St Andrews has received a top prize for supporting staff with additional needs.

Zest Café in St Andrews won the Gold Employer of the Year award for its “holistic approach to diversity and inclusion and their impressive array of bespoke training for staff with additional needs and disability awareness training for line managers”. The awards were announced at the Scottish Union of Supported Employment conference. SUSE is dedicated to supporting individuals with additional support needs into paid work.

The judges praised Lisa Cathro, owner of Zest Café, for creating “a truly diverse environment to provide her customers and staff with a fantastic experience”. The business has developed around helping those who need extra support, and employs a range of people who have faced difficulties finding work, either through disability or personal circumstances.

Johnathan Reeves, from Zest, is pictured receiving the award from Kate Storrow, of SUSE.

Earlier this month, Zest was named Micro Employer of the Year at the Skills Development Scotland Modern Apprentice of the Year Awards.