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El-gan goes Vegan

Business Gateway worked closely with Sarah Doonan to help bring Moray's first vegan café to life.

About the business

Café Kombucha is Elgin’s first and only 100% Vegan café and is a must-try in the historic county of Moray. Sarah Doonan opened Café Kombucha in 2018 after finally realising her dream of offering delicious, seasonal meals in a quirky environment that is unlike anything else the town has to offer. In keeping with the café’s eco-focused business model, all produce is sourced from local suppliers and patrons are encouraged to bring their own containers to the steampunk-inspired café in order to cut down on waste.

From one-to-one support, advice on my business plan, advice on HR issues and help with funding applications, Business Gateway support has been invaluable.

How Business Gateway has helped

Business Gateway worked closely with Sarah from the early stages of Café Kombucha’s journey, offering support through the funding and business advice services that were available. As a result of this advice, Sarah was able to secure initial funding which meant that the Kombucha dream could become a reality.

Sarah Doonan, Owner of Café Kombucha said: “Business Gateway has supported me from the very beginning of my business journey. From one-to-one support, advice on my business plan, advice on HR issues and help with funding applications, the support provided has been invaluable.”

“What has been nice is the people coming in who are open to trying a new independent restaurant that focuses on producing high-quality food and drink, not just vegans. This demonstrates the need for somewhere like Café Kombucha in Elgin. I’m so grateful to Business Gateway as, without them, none of this would have been possible.”

Lorna Williamson, Business Gateway Adviser said: “Sarah first accessed our one-to-one business advice service in 2017 and since then she has truly taken things in her stride. The best part of my job as an adviser is guiding entrepreneurs, like Sarah, who have the passion coupled with a raw business idea and equipping them with the connections and skills necessary to get their business off the ground.”

Support Provided

1:1 Business Advisor Support

Advice on Business Plan

Advice on Funding

Advice on HR

What’s next?

After recently being shortlisted for Scottish café of the year at the Scottish Café Awards 2019, Café Kombucha shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to her award-winning vegan cuisine, Sarah is set to introduce a packed calendar of gigs and events.

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