Community Engagement

Wahacamole helps Mexican street food group win R200 award

By Tom Tanner There’s a long-held perception that it’s the independent, small-scale, artisan restaurants, pubs and cafés that are the sustainability pioneers and who will lead us to a better food future.  From the get-go back in 2010, here at the Sustainable Restaurant Association, we took the view that while it was often the ‘small guys’ that would …

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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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In water we Trust: Helping the drinks industry workforce one bottle at a time

By Mark Bickerton, Co-founder, Trust Water  Trust Water was launched this year to help support those working in the drinks industry, with 100% of net profits from every bottle sold being donated to The Drinks Trust. For those who don’t know, The Drinks Trust is a community organisation for the drinks industry offering support and services, to upskill, broaden members’ knowledge, provide a place …

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The secrets of the most sustainable street food trader – Honest!

We’re proud partners of the British Street Food Awards – judging the Most Sustainable Trader category, sponsored by Hellmann’s, for the third time this year. Just as the standard of street food rises, so it does for the entries for this award. This year’s Honest Edibles was crowned Most Sustainable Trader. We asked founder Billy …

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Nando’s urges industry to talk more about sustainability

By Henry Unwin, Head of Sustainability, Nando’s Nando’s has been a member of the SRA since 2015 and is a founding member of their Groups and Chains working group. It’s great to be part of such an engaging and enthusiastic network, surrounded by individuals and businesses who are as passionate about sustainability as we are. …

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Six ways to wow your customers on Super Saturday

By Tom Tanner Independence Day, Super Saturday, the end of hibernation – whatever you’re choosing to call this weekend’s re-opening, for the more than 10,000 SRA Member kitchens readying themselves to serve customers on site again for the first time in more than three months, this is undoubtedly a massive moment. We’re as thrilled as …

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Ten top tips to re-open right on 4 July

By Tom Tanner In the introduction to Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services it says they hope that the document, prepared by BEIS, businesses, unions, industry bodies will help you keep staff and customers safe, that the new distancing guidelines are practical. We’ve read and reviewed the …

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How has Covid affected your confidence?

By tom tanner Last week we surveyed the sector to help inform our submission to the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism’s ‘Pathways to Recovery’ inquiry which is looking at what measures the sector needs to successfully reopen, recover and thrive in the aftermath of the COVID19 crisis. The key focus of this …

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