Liberum banks on ex-offender for coffee fix

MOST of us in the Square Mile are used to writing cheques for charity, and queueing up for our morning mochas, but over at investment bank Liberum Capital, the charitable-minded have combined the two tasks to give more than just cash.

In conjunction with charity St Giles Trust, the firm has taken on former young offenders to train and work as baristas at the company’s in-office coffee shop, with hopes that the scheme can be rolled out to other Square Mile offices should it be successful.

Michael Williams, the first barista being trained, said yesterday: “I would never have imagined that one day I would be working in a place like this.”

Not a coffee shop, but “a skyscraper in the middle of the City”.

The Capitalist asked chief executive of Liberum, Simon Stilwell, if the bank had any plans for ambitious baristas to progress into an investment banking role.

“We are open minded and always looking for people that are willing to work hard and make the most of any opportunity” came the encouraging response from Stilwell.