Reservoir Cafe Achieves Vegetarian Society Approval

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Reservoir Cafe

This week, UCSP Ltd staff at the Reservoir Cafe were delighted to hear that they had achieved Vegetarian Society approval of their vegetarian and vegan menus.

The Vegetarian Society influences, inspires and supports people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. They work constructively with businesses, government agencies, policy makers and professionals, whilst always remaining independent. In order to achieve their prestigious  food & drink guild accreditation for the cafe, UCSP needed to demonstrate that the cafe’s menus met the following criteria;

  • Free from animal flesh or any ingredient resulting from slaughter
  • Contain only free range eggs
  • GMO Free
  • Cruelty Free – no animal testing
  • No cross contamination with non-vegetarian ingredients during the production process

Perched on the edge of the University of Plymouth campus overlooking the Drake’s Reservoir and Gardens, the Cafe is one of only a handful of dedicated vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Plymouth. It is already very popular with students, staff, local residents and local businesses in the North Hill area however the staff are keen to welcome members of the Vegetarian Society wishing to sample their food.veg_soc_approved_full_rgb-jpeg-for-web

Click here for more information about the Vegetarian Society.

Click here for more information about the Reservoir Cafe.

UCSP Ltd Welcome Column Bakehouse to the University of Plymouth Cafes

Column Bakehouse new suppliers of University cafes' bread (L-R) Jon Denley (Column Bakehouse) and Paul Mansfield (Plymouth University). *** Local Caption *** Column BakehouseUCSP are delighted that they are now stocking Column Bakehouse Products in the University of Plymouth Cafes. As Matt Hodson, Commercial Services Director at UCSP Ltd said: “We are real admirers of the fantastic food produced by the Column Bakehouse and are delighted that we can introduce them to the Students, Staff and Customers in our award winning campus cafés. We take our responsibility to deliver a high quality, sustainable and good value experience very seriously and this arrangement with Column Bakehouse will certainly support us in this mission. It is a fantastic example of like-minded South West businesses collaborating to succeed.

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Early Years team launch new uniform

Timg_0241he Early Years team based at Freshlings Nursery have recently had a uniform upgrade which reflects their status as professional early years practitioners. The design was settled upon after a collaborative exercise involving the whole team.

As Early Years Education Manager Vicky Smith explained; “It was really important that the uniform was smart, professional yet practical enough to enable the team to carry out their duties in comfort. We are all really pleased with the result and feel that this change brings us right up to date.”

Freshlings Pre-School Children Graduate

Freshlings Nursery Graduation 2016
Freshlings Nursery Graduation 2016

The children at Freshlings Nursery celebrated leaving pre-school with a graduation party with their families on Thursday 14th July 2016.

40 children, their parents and wider family members joined the staff in a celebration event in Drakes Park which included a graduation ceremony, picnic and party games. The children enjoyed making the graduation hats prior to the event and we would like to thank everyone that was able to join us.
 
We wish all the graduating children all the very best for their future as they make the exciting move onto school.

Eat Drink Kernow Ready to Open

Eat Drink Kernow Team at PIC
Eat Drink Kernow Team at PIC
After several weeks of hard work, UCSP’s new services at the Cornwall Innovation Centres in Penryn, Pool and Truro are ready to go live. From Tuesday 30th August 2016, UCSP’s Cornwall based team will be providing catering designed to enhance all three of the Centres excellent conferencing and event business. In addition, the Cafes in the Tremough and Pool Innovation Centres will be open serving hot drinks and food throughout the day. For the whole of the first week, both cafe’s will be hosting a “free coffee week” where all hot drinks are on us. It will be a great way for our team to meet and get to know building occupant and visitors alike.

For updates on the cafe’s, menus, service etc please feel free to follow Eat Drink Kernow on Twitter and Facebook

Freshlings Nursery Supports Innovative South West Company

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Vicky Smith, Richard Adams; Sally Marks and Kim Webster with children from Freshlings

We are delighted that children from our nursery are amongst the first to sample the innovative new Totsup Big Red Bus, a fun and interactive reward charts from South-West start up firm Totsup. As UCSP Childcare and Education Development Manager, Vicky Smith said:

“At Freshlings nursery we are very open to new ideas and love being the first to try out new products or ways of working. It was great to see how well the children responded to the Big Red Bus, particularly Elodie and William who worked really hard on their pictures.”

A huge thank you most be given to Totsup Founder Sally Marks who donated the products to the Nursery. As Sally explained:

“I have been developing the Totsup red bus over the last two years and it has undergone extensive testing as well as input from an educational psychologist and early years educators. While we now have a really good grasp of how it works in the home, we have less experience of seeing it in a nursery, so this is a great opportunity for me to get some ideas on how it can best work in a childcare environment.


My reason for donating the buses was primarily to thank Plymouth University for the support they’ve given me in getting Totsup off the ground. As a GAIN20 member I’m delighted that they were able to give me match funding to support my Crowdfunding campaign, which has been invaluable in getting Totsup to launch stage.”

For the full story please visit https://gaininbusiness.com/news_items/south-west-firm-share-success-with-plymouth-nursery-children

UCSP Ltd win Innovation Centre catering contract

New venture will see award winning catering services operating from Cornwall’s Tremough, Pool and Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centres

  • The cafés in the Pool and Tremough Innovation Centres will be open from 1st September
  • UCSP Ltd keen to work with Centre clients, management and visitors to shape an offering which enhances the Centre experience
Tremough Innovation Centre
Tremough Innovation Centre

UCSP Ltd and Cornwall Innovation Centres have recently agreed a contract which will see the Plymouth based commercial services company offer their award winning catering at each of the three Cornwall Innovation Centres.

The Tremough, Pool and Truro based centres are focused on supporting all growth, knowledge and innovation-led businesses including those from the media, creative, eco, environmental, and health and wellbeing sectors. Support is offered to businesses at all stages of their journey from incubation through to mature enterprises looking to innovate and grow.

As part of this offer, commercial conferencing facilities are offered and UCSP will support by offering event catering. In addition, their award winning, local, sustainable and fresh food offerings will be available within the building’s cafés.

Matt Hodson, UCSP Commercial Services Director said; “Our team has significant experience running modern cafes linked to serviced buildings/ facilities, hospitality services to underpin business activities and event catering for large scale events. We are very much looking forward to working with Innovation Centre Clients and Management to ensure we provide a service which really enhances the experience of working in or visiting the Centres. We want them to feel that it is their café.”

Pool Innovation Centre
Pool Innovation Centre

Richard Snell, Centre Manager at the Tremough Innovation Centre agrees; “It is vitally important to us that the overall experience of the centre is a positive one and the standard of food and drink has a large part to play. I have experienced UCSP’s offer at their University of Plymouth outlets, and am hugely excited that they will be bringing their expertise to the Cornwall Innovation Centres.”

Currently, UCSP is supporting catered events and mobilising the Cafés in the Pool and Tremough centres. It is expected that there will be a full service from 1st September.

Fantastic Reception for Reservoir Cafe at Flavour Fest 2016

ffest1The ffest2UCSP team manning the Plymouth University stand at Flavour Fest in Plymouth have been blown way by the reaction to the Reservoir Cafe range of vegetarian and vegan food. During the first day of the festival, the stand saw a large amount of interest from visitors to one of the largest and most successful food festivals in the South West. The food on offer is inspired by the fantastic vegetarian and vegan menu of the Reservoir Cafe which is run by UCSP and located on the Plymouth University campus.
In addition to the stand, Vicky Whitmarsh (one of the UCSP’s team of chefs) gave a joint cooking demonstration with local celebrity chef Peter Gorton which highlighted the use of fresh, local produce.
The festival continues until Sunday 5th June and our “Reservoir Cafe” stand will be there throughout.