First Step Trust’s Social Enterprises

FST has a growing number of social enterprises providing professional services including MOT, car servicing and repairs, catering and food service and conference facilities. These businesses are based on FST’s model of delivery – SMaRT™(Socially Minded and Responsible Trading™). All our enterprises engage with people traditionally excluded from working life because of mental health conditions, learning disabilities, drug or alcohol and other disadvantages

FST reinvest all income generated by our social enterprises to create further opportunities and (wherever possible) sustainable employment opportunities for those from disadvantage backgrounds to enable them to take the first steps back into employment – that’s SMaRT 

SMaRT garage services

SMaRT garage services offers a full range of competitive services including MOT testing and vehicle repairs for all makes and models. We have branches in Crayford, West Norwood, Woolwich in SE London and Salford in the North West of England. 

Abbevilles restaurant and catering

Abbevilles restaurant and catering based in Clapham South West London, offers a full range of catering menus for both private and corporate events across London. As well as outside catering the restaurant is open with a fabulous lunch time menu. You can also hire Abbevilles restaurant for working lunches, business meetings and special events.


Owen is a classic 1969 Renault Estafette that FST purchased in 2015. Since purchasing Owen FST, with the help of a number of sponsors, have refurbished him and is currently in the process of getting Owen ‘goin’. Once Owen’s complete he will be available to hire for corporate and private events. #LetsGetOwenGoin

SMaRT Women™ 

Run by SMaRT garage services, SMaRT Women is a unique training course, run by women for women, that aims to empower women by enabling them to undertake a range of basic safety checks and routine car maintenance tasks. The course covers how to save money, ensure your car is safe and reduce your car’s impact on the environment.

SMaRT Venue

We offer conference and meeting room facilities, at affordable rates, at our main centre, SMaRT Venue, Woolwich, SMaRT Venue, West Norwood and SMaRT Venue Crayford in SE London. Our Abbevilles restaurant, Clapham is also available to hire for private events.

Socially Minded and Responsible Trading™ – that’s SMaRT!