Tom Tanner

Changing the eating habits of students and workers for the better one dish at a time

By Tom Tanner The 18th of October marks a significant date. It saw the start, or more accurately, the re-start, of what promises to be one of the most insightful projects the SRA has ever been involved in. SU-Eatable Life, funded by the European Commission’s LIFE fund, and designed and delivered in the UK, to …

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Time for hospitality to walk the walk and certify its credentials

What’s the most effective way for a restaurant, pub, café or caterer to make both a real difference on the issues that really matter, and convince its customers that it’s doing so? To take action and get a credible third party to certify that it really has done so. That’s the conclusion we’ve come to, …

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Net zero for restaurants just got a whole lot easier

By Tom Tanner With world leaders set to descend on Glasgow next month, a news agenda already teeming with stories about the climate crisis will, so long as there is petrol in those pumps, be absolutely dominated by the Conference of the Parties 26 (COP) come the start of November. As you read, watch and …

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Cash in on benefits of new tipping regime

By Tom Tanner, SRA Two million hospitality workers stand to gain from the Government’s new plans to overhaul tipping practices, ensuring all tips go to workers.  Five years after consulting the industry about a new regime, the Government has finally drawn up proposals which it says will put an end to ‘shameful practices’. We have long supported calls for …

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How hospitality proves its purpose through the pandemic and beyond

By Tom Tanner, SRA With restaurants now firmly re-open and operating at something like full capacity again, it’s time to shift our focus back from one threatening big C to another. While Covid has dominated plans for the last 16 months, climate change is no passing threat. The findings of the recent Purpose Survey we …

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The National Food Strategy and what it means for hospitality

So, you spotted that the National Food Strategy was published in the height of the summer and, like many, bookmarked the link and told yourself you’d read it on a day off or holiday if you’ve managed to squeeze one in. Like many, again, perhaps life has got in the way and you haven’t had the chance …

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The best change starts in tiny (reusable) packages

By Tom Tanner, SRA  Too often as an individual, the enormity of climate change and the biodiversity crisis can feel overwhelming. “How can anything I do make a difference?” is the question many of us ask. The honest answer is that one action by one individual won’t be sufficient. However, if lots of individuals start …

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How making coffee for good proved an award winning formula

By Natalie Lobel, Founder of Grounded MCR Sustainability – a word often bandied around by people who’ve ticked the right boxes in their business plan and left it at that! For us, it meant creating a business that is sustainable in all senses of the word – doing our bit to tackle the climate crisis …

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Five ways to celebrate National Hospitality Day and showcase your green creds

By Tom Tanner, SRA The eighteenth of September. If the date isn’t in your diary already, take a moment from reading this to ink it in. It’s a Saturday and it’s National Hospitality Day. Yep, that’s right, a day for a nationwide celebration of the UK’s brilliant restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, cafés and caterers. So, …

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The National Food Strategy: a report and guide for the future of food in the UK

By Emma Carroll-Monteil, Sustainable Restaurant Association Earlier this month, the National Food Strategy called on the Government to commit to a package of reforms in order to build a better food system for a healthier nation and planet. The report outlines the current issues both in the UK and globally regarding the food we eat, …

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