Pies not Lies
Pies not Lies
A city centre shop selling great locally made food with room to chat and learn about eachother.
A city centre shop selling great locally made food with room to chat and learn about eachother. Read more
About this project
The story behind Pies not Lies.
Pies not lies is to be a community oriented pie shop that is to open in the former Chatwins shop in Hanley.
Chatwins was a family business that was a popular store for years. When it closed it was used as a UKIP campaign office from where Paul Nuttall told fibs such as losing close friends at Hillsborough.
The UKIP team spun Stoke as a city full of ignorant fools who cared nothing about eachother or the world.
The shop isn't a red left campaign to tell people how to think, really it's more about allowing people in the community to talk to eachother without all the background screaming.
If you agree with some of UKIPs policiy positions, that's ok, equally if you are a hardcore socialist then that's fine too. We want a space for people to talk, where people can understand eachother and understand how we all feel in this city that we are sharing.
As we head toward city of culture we have an opportunity to position Stoke-on-Trent as a city of energy, inclusiveness, talent, passion and openness. That's because Stoke-on-Trent is all of those things.
We are the city who's grandparents gave all they had to defy the Nazi Army and pay for the rebuilding of Lidice in Czechoslovakia; our Great-great Grandfathers put the city on the map with their innovation and technical excellence in ceramic manufacturing.
When Stoke Central voted on the 23rd we showed UKIP that we are a city that believes in community, and looking out for eachother but wounds remain. Turning the former campaign HQ back into a pie shop will allow peiople to chat to eachother, enjoy food, drink coffee and enjoy local music, all in the middle of town.
One of Paul Nuttalls most unpleasant untruths - that he was forced to admit to, was regarding Hillsborough. One of the pie shop lines will be marketed as 100% of all takings to the Hillsborough family support fund - or another charity if they choose, the lies weren't ours but we truly want nothing to do with them.
The funds raised will pay for the lease of the shop, the development of the product range and any equipment needed. The business plan of the shop will be to generate profit and the aim is to share revenue with the local Labour party as well as charities that support the needy in the city.We want to get local musicians in to the shop to show off their talents, and we'll need support from the local graff community to decorate.
#piesnotlies will sell meat, veg, vegan and fruit pies to the good people of Stoke-on-Trent to commemorate the day that the people of Stoke Central turned their back on UKIP and voted for a future that includes opportunies for everyone in the city.
Pies not lies will have a seating area, space for community groups to use and AMAZING PIES!
We can't wait to see you!
Ben and Sean. x
Risks and challenges
Neither Ben not Sean have direct experience of running a food service establishment, however both have links with four successful restaurants who are able to provide oversight.
Sean has experience in running outsourced contracts up to the £35M range, contract management and project management. He has managed teams of direct reports and sales budgets of £12M.
Ben is one of the most connected people in Stoke-on-Trent, and recently voted an honorary Stokie, he is CEO of Wavemaker, a community maker space that has changed the lives of thousands of young people by providing skills, empowerment and confidence.
The landlord may refuse to offer a lease - In the event that happens we will take a unit in nearby vacant units in Fountain Square.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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