New toolkit helps restaurants build sustainability into their business

By Lorraine Heller

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SRA's guide provides advice on how to make your restaurant sustainable
SRA's guide provides advice on how to make your restaurant sustainable
The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) has put together a start-up tool kit designed to help restaurateurs incorporate sustainability into every aspect of their business.

Priced at £250, the kit provides advice on a range of issues related to sustainability, society, environment and sourcing, which can be included into the development plans for a new restaurant.

The start-up package includes an “easy to use” guide as well as five hours of support from an SRA account manager, who would provide advice on issues ranging from energy efficiency and recycling to inside knowledge on sustainable suppliers.

Time and money

Simon Heppner, SRA managing director said that restaurants can save themselves time, effort and money by including every aspect of sustainability in their plans.

“Incorporating sustainability from scratch makes perfect business sense and the SRA toolkit is designed to help restaurants save money and meet customer demand. For example, two thirds of customers told the SRA in a recent Populus poll that they wanted restaurants to serve more local food and 87 per cent want to see sustainable seafood on the menu,” he said.

Francesco Mazzei, chef patron at L’Anima said: “It’s unrealistic to expect restaurateurs to have detailed knowledge of all aspects of sustainability. So it makes perfect sense when starting a quality new restaurant to take advantage of the SRA’s expertise, just as we would consult a respected interior designer when planning the look of our restaurant. The toolkit looks likely be a great asset.”

The SRA Start Up Tool Kit also includes the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers’ guide Energy Efficiency in Commercial Kitchens, worth £60. Restaurateurs who purchase the toolkit could also make up to £200 of savings on their first year of SRA membership.

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