Category Archives: New cafe opportunities

Chase Cafe Update

Hi All


 If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity we would advise you to come along to an information sharing event where you can meet staff & volunteers from the Food bank, The Renewal Trust Business Advisors and staff on:

  • Thursday 5th September
  • At: The Chase Neighbourhood Centre
  • Time: 10am

 Please note further information is on the Renewal Trust website cafe however in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further info’

 Best wishes


Coleen Francis
Community Empowerment Worker
Office Tel:   0115 8412670
Mobile:        07909 941748


Chase Cafe Business Opportunity

Hi All


Please see the attached advert Link here for tenders for the Chase Community Café. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals / groups to manage a community café and earn a self employed living from it. More information is on the flyer and the Renewal Trust Website.


Please do send out to your contacts and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.


Best wishes


Coleen Francis
Community Empowerment Worker
Office Tel:   0115 8412670
Mobile:        07909 941748

chase centre

The Cafe opens at the Greenway in Sneinton

In case you thought the Eastend of Town didn’t have enough community cafes then you have another option now, with Nina and Miriana’s The Cafe open  at the Greenway Centre on Trent Lane in Sneinton.  It is starting off as a sandwich and jacket potato thing first, then soon there’ll be Portugesse specials and other foody attractions.  The Greenway that houses the Cafe is very welcoming – there are Free newspapers and chess and maybe even tabletennis if that’s your thing…..
Opening times are Mon-Fri, 9.30-2.30pm, flyer link here

Victoria Leisure Centre catering tender

Nottingham City Council is looking for a catering provider for a new café provision, located within the £9.1million re furbished Victoria Leisure Centre which was completed in February 2012 and benefits from a new café, café terrace, preparation room, servery, storage and customer wc.

This will provide the successful tenderer with an opportunity to provide a quality catering provision for the Victoria Leisure Centre , and Sneinton Square area. The final fit out applies to both indoor and outdoor terrace catering provision and is the responsibility of the successful tenderer. This includes: catering equipment and sundries, tables, chairs heavy and light goods.

Response required by Mon 23 April 2012 at 12 noon. Go to source nottinghamshire tendering website to see full details. Contact Katja Barron on 0115 876 4196 or email

Want to run Chase Café?


The café at The Chase Neighbourhood Centre is looking for a new small business to take it over. A few have already applied and have been given a weeks’ trial run each. The community will decide which of the businesses will be successful in taking on the café by casting their vote.

If you are interested please contact Coleen Francis on 0115 8412670 or 07909 941748.

News Round up

Apologies for much missed news and no contact for a while.  I have become a father recently and so have been out of action for a while now!  Personally though it gives me renewed inspiration to help develop the community cafe scene in Nottingham, since I think children get so much out of being part of rich communities that Third Place‘s  (including commmunity cafes) are essential parts of.  “It takes a village to raise a child” they say and every happy village has its pub or cafe or tea house where people congregate and talk and hang out…

Anyway on with the news:-


Tomorrow is the Nottingham Local food Partnership’s (find us on facebook and twitter) fourth monthly Market.  We have a great range of stalls from Ecoworks, AMC gardens, Stonebridge City Farm, Veggies, Secret Kitchen and many more (including a farm shop selling local, wild game meats  like venison and partridge).  It’s from 10-3pm so come along and hangout, also have a look round the new Victoria Leisure centre.  There is a cafe unit that opens onto the square – it is still up for tender so, if interested, just contact the council and put your bid in…hopefully whoever gets it will create a community cafe and not just a business.


Alain Job from Melting pot at the Sycamore Centre, St Anns has opened a new venture in Victoria Centre Market upstairs in the fish and meats section.  He is selling delicious African Cuisine in a banana skin cone (the nkono concept!) Monday to Saturday 11-4pm.


Marsha Smith from Secret Kitchen held a social event last week Friday 5-9pm – it was great relaxed, unique community event and a first for Sneinton.  You could BYO wine and beer, bring the kids, the food was delicious and cheap and there was free musical entertainment. It was the the definitive ‘Third Place’ night and we could do with alot more nights like this around (especially for us with young children who can’t get to pub as much as they’d like)

Social night flyer_secret kitchen_bw


Cafe bingo is still coming but there has been a delay due to funding issues….

Also am looking for further ideas and support for this project going forward – hopefully we can get an action group together soon.

Big opportunity to run 3 cafes in the Joint Service Centres

Tender Notice

Procuring organisation: Nottingham City Council
Contract Ref: CPU 591
Title: Joint Service Centres Cafe Concessions
Categories: SO04 Catering Services
NHS Nottingham City and Nottingham City Council (the Clients) have a requirement for a Service Provider/Service Providers to manage three cafes in the Nottingham area. These cafes are all located in Joint Service Centres that are owned by the LIFT Company (Local Improvement Finance Trust) and leased by the Clients. These facilities offer a range of primary care, housing and Council services that are situated in three of Nottingham’s busy District Centres:
• Clifton: Clifton Cornerstone
• Hyson Green: The Mary Potter Centre
• Bulwell: Bulwell Riverside
The two currently operational Joint Service Centres will be joined by Bulwell Riverside in January 2012.
Extension terms:
Contract start date: Mon 12 December 2011
Contract end date
Contract duration (months): 24
Nature of contract: Project 

Procurement Process

Mon 22 August 2011 at 12:00
Open – Non EU


Contact for information
Paul Ritchie
Loxley House, Nottingham, UK, NG2 3NG
0115 876 4194

Clifton Site

Hyson Green Site