Symposium Coffee opens 10th branch in the north-east Scotland
Symposium Coffee director Paul Haggath said the new café is “a big celebration” as it marks the firm’s 10th location a goal that had been in mind since the business started up in 2005.
He added “Portsoy is an absolutely beautiful and lovely village, and the café is in the perfect location on the main street.
“While travelling from each shop myself and my wife Wendy are always on the lookout for new locations. We saw the Portsoy building in March, contacted the landlord and signed the lease in April.”
The category B listed building’s former banking hall and adjacent offices have been transformed into an open plan café featuring a food preparation space, servery and seating area.
It was a tough year for Symposium Coffee before the new café comes along as Paul revealed the corona virus pandemic had a “massive impact” on the business.
A former north-east bank's premises are set for a new lease of life as a café by Symposium Coffee
According to Paul the first lockdown was carried out to then eight locations and any perishable food that they had were donated to charitable causes to ensure nothing went to waste and they had 56 employees that they had to ensure they looked after.
Paul and Wendy’s daughters Ellie, 20, and Olivia, 17, helped out by allowing customers to collect their orders from the Peterhead Asda site however as time went on one member of staff was permitted to work from each location.
Paul said: “Furlough was massive for us and helped us to retain all of our staff, we have taken on a further ten members of staff since lockdown was lifted.
“Our micro roastery in Peterhead, Viewmount Roastery, opened two years ago and helped to push our online sales.”