Transition Town - Totnes
In 2010 the Totnes Development Trust decided to invest in the development of two former Dairy Crest Brunel buildings just outside Totnes town centre. The proposed use of the renovated space was to set up a restaurant and bistro bar providing local and seasonal food, whilst working simultaneously as an educational facility training young people who wished to pursue a career in the food industry.
Led by Rob Hopkins, Transition Town Totnes, a community based charity concerned with strengthening the local economy, reducing the cost of living and ensuring a sustainable future, placed them selves firmly behind the project which promised to both bring a new dining and retail offer to the area, increasing the number of visitors to the area; and support local people by offering training which would open the door to a career in the catering industry.
As a result of his extensive experience Think.Eat.Drink’s Jamie Granger-Smith was asked to act as an adviser to the project organisers, first to creating a report including an assessment of market demand and financial viability ,as well as the projects potential for environmental sustainability; and ultimately to design a business strategy plan for the project as a whole.
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