We’re building the Restaurant Collective for ourselves – and for you. That means we all get a say in how this will work.

Hundreds of independent restaurateurs have already told us about the resources and support they need (if you’ve not yet filled out our survey, please do that now) and we’ve got backing in place to start building our membership around these.

So far, we know that we need

  • Economies of scale from quality suppliers
  • Practical advice from fellow independents
  • A strong collective voice
  • Time-saving resources and skills training
  • Customers who care about supporting small businesses

A lot of us need support fast, so we’re getting to work straight away. This page outlines the blueprint for our Restaurant Collective, but we need your help to build it.

It’s all about you

By becoming a Founder Member you can not only influence how our membership is built, but also help create entirely new tools and services according to your needs.

Our collective is built for independent restaurants, by independent restaurateurs. From day one, we agreed to make this work for us.

That means we need to build our resources from the ground up. And, as they won’t all be finished as soon as you join, we’re rewarding you with a ridiculously low membership rate - for life.

Founder Members pay just £99/year – forever

We want to make a sea change, not a ripple - and that means getting thousands involved. So we need to make sure that every independent hospitality operator in the UK can afford to join.

That’s why we’re fixing our Founder Member fee at just £99 a year for the duration of your membership. No matter how long you stay in the Restaurant Collective, you will never pay more. Because you took a punt and helped us build it.

Become a founder member

How we keep our prices low

£99/year sounds too good to be true, right? That’s because our membership fees are only part of the story. 

We are approaching various relevant individuals and organisations – who care as much as we do about independent restaurants – to become Partners.

This is with a view to having sponsors for the various resources within the Restaurant Collective. Think: ‘Deals Marketplace, brought to you by VISA’. 

If you know anyone who might want to support independent restaurants, please do introduce us

Secure that low rate

Access deals reserved for restaurant groups

Our Deals Marketplace is where you will achieve massive economies of scale. It’s a crystal-clear example of how it pays to work together.

We will benefit from the sort of deals given to big restaurant groups because together we are a big restaurant group. Only we’re independent!

These savings will apply across the full range of suppliers, from the best people for chef’s whites to those organic jersey royals you simply cannot do without.

And because every deal comes from a supplier nominated by another member, you’ll know they’re reliable.

Get deals from quality suppliers

Reach the kind of customers you actually want

We’re building the UK’s most comprehensive Independent Restaurant Directory so that Restaurant Collective members can promote themselves to the kind of customers who care about supporting small businesses.

In time, this listing will also act as the digital blueprint for your entire online presence. No more calling 15 different review sites just because you need to change your opening hours or your menu. The plan is for them to come to us!

We’re going to try to connect with all the major sites so you only ever have to update your details in one place. It will then feed out to everywhere you’re listed.

Get that listing

Reach the kind of customers you actually want

We’re building the UK’s most comprehensive Independent Restaurant Directory so that Restaurant Collective members can promote themselves to the kind of customers who care about supporting small businesses.

In time, this listing will also act as the digital blueprint for your entire online presence. No more calling 15 different review sites just because you need to change your opening hours or your menu. The plan is for them to come to us!

We’re going to try to connect with all the major sites so you only ever have to update your details in one place. It will then feed out to everywhere you’re listed.

Get that listing

Learn from someone who’s been where you are

It’s still early days, but we’re putting our Mentorship Programme together with the goal of pairing every interested member with someone who has been where they are now.

Got Michelin aspirations? Imagine learning from someone who turned a restaurant like yours into a two-star destination. Want to build a bigger brand? Pair up with a pro who grew from single site to mini chain.

Full disclosure: we don’t have a crack squad of mentors ready to go. Yet. We’re going to build this together to make sure it’s a success. It will be what you want it to be.

Sharing our own knowledge and expertise is going to be an important part of that work, so please consider becoming a mentor to someone else. We can all learn from each other.

Get mentoring

Improve your business skills

As independent restaurant owners, we have to do flippin’ everything ourselves. If anything goes wrong, that buck stops with us.

We need to know at least a little bit about a lot. And that’s why we’re building a Knowledge Base, full of quick and easy-to-follow how-to guides to help guide us through the bits that we’re perhaps not quite as good at.

Get the support you need

Improve your business skills

As independent restaurant owners, we have to do flippin’ everything ourselves. If anything goes wrong, that buck stops with us.

We need to know at least a little bit about a lot. And that’s why we’re building a Knowledge Base, full of quick and easy-to-follow how-to guides to help guide us through the bits that we’re perhaps not quite as good at.

Get the support you need

Connect with a supportive community of independents

Things go wrong in restaurants all the time. Every day is a new challenge and that’s kind of why we love this game - but imagine how much easier our lives would be if we had troubleshooting on tap? 

“My extraction has just broken, where can I get it fixed ASAP!?”

"My chef’s a maniac!"

Whatever you’re struggling with on a given week, just pop a post up in our Members Forum and get immediate feedback from someone who’s been through the same issue as you.

Besides being somewhere to share what you’ve learnt and pick up tips that will improve the day-to-day running of your business, our community will also be a place to feel a little less alone and just have a good chat.

Let’s help each other

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