Rumbletums Cafe

20 February 2024

Rumbletums CafeSector:  Catering and Hospitality

Location: Broxtowe

Established in 2011 by parents of young people with learning difficulties, Rumbletums Café is a registered charity that provides excellent homemade food, training facilities and is also a community hub for all.

The vision for Rumbletums is that it enables young people to access work related training and to be a part of their local community. Rumbletums is now a well-established business with capacity for up to 30 trainees, 10 members of staff and nearly 50 volunteers.

Challenges faced

Rumbletums proactively identifies areas of improvement and potential threats to the business. Higher energy costs became a huge concern as they are a small business with relatively high energy use. In 2022 they received a grant to help with immediate energy costs, but knew that they needed to make changes to energy usage to be more sustainable in future.

Solution and Impact

The Accelerator program is supporting the business in improving energy efficiencies and reducing energy costs, which will translate into a more sustainable business. Rumbletums attended an Energy Audit workshop which gave them the tools needed to measure their energy usage. This identified areas in which they could improve, specifically in regards to refrigeration and insulation. They were able to calculate the potential energy savings and even measure how much carbon would be reduced as a result.

Having completed the energy audit, they had the evidence needed to apply for Council funding which was awarded via the Kimberley Levelling Up Grant fund. As a result of this, they were able to purchase energy efficient equipment and complete loft insulation which meant that they could achieve their goals of reducing energy use. This has helped them to address energy costs in a sustainable way and ensures that they are doing what they can to improve environmental impact.

" The Accelerator program has allowed us to look at our business in more detail and put real changes into place.

For Rumbletums Café that means reducing our carbon footprint and improving energy efficiency. Lower heating and electricity bills will reduce day to day costs. We have already completed attic insulation, a major improvement in the fabric of the building, which will provide lasting benefits to our business.”

- Sarah Rauch, Trustee

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