Registered charity Monkey Business Foundation was set up in 2012 by Paul Monk, an independent businessman with over 40 years’ experience in the grocery industry. The charity has two main aims:

  • Running major fundraising events in aid of the grocery industry charity GroceryAid.
  • Working Options in Education - a UK-wide careers programme for 16-19 year olds. Working Options aims to engage, inspire and motivate sixth form college students to realise their full potential and consider employment opportunities in the food, drink and retail industry.

Working Options in Education runs free motivation and information sessions at state sixth form colleges around the UK led by volunteer speakers from the food, drink and retail industry. We also provide an online careers information hub for students.

We have reached over 4,000 sixth form students in 60 colleges and have more than 300 volunteer speakers from industry.

To find out more about Working Options in Education, to book a session for a sixth form college, volunteer as a speaker, offer work experience placements or to support us:


GroceryAid is a charity that helps people all over the UK who have worked, or are working, in the grocery industry and who need some extra support to get by. GroceryAid raises money through a variety of fundraising events, donations and corporate sponsorship. The financial and welfare help that they provide makes a very real difference. The MonKeyBusiness Foundation raises substantial funds on behalf of GroceryAid by running four major events:

Our Mission

To raise funds that give a helping hand to people who have worked in the UK grocery trade and are suffering hardship.

To engage, inspire and motivate young people to realise their full potential after sixth form college, with a specific focus on careers in the food, drink and retail industry.