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Calling all food entrepreneurs

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Calling all foodie entrepreneurs! Got a culinary business you want to grow?  Thinking about starting one up? Our friends at Enterprise Nation are running a Food Exchange event on April 30th – find out more below:

Small business network Enterprise Nation is to deliver a day-long Food Exchange which will see new British food firms linked up with buyers from top retailers. Attendees will also get tasty tips and insights from an impressive line-up of successful food entrepreneurs and journalists.

The April 30th event will serve up gourmet advice on funding, packaging, pricing and promotion and builds on last year’s inaugural event which saw hundreds of start-ups walk away with a bellyful of inspiration.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation said: “Starting a food business is an exploding trend but taking it from the kitchen table to the consumer and eventually onto independents or supermarket shelves takes relentless passion, wings of steel, contacts – and of course a delicious and unique product.

“This event is intended to help those who are at the beginning of their start-up journey to circumvent some of the challenges they might face by linking them directly with buyers, other producers who have lived it and breathed it, and loading them up with tips from a raft of experts who know the secret ingredients of success.”

Baby food entrepreneur Paul Lindley will dish up the starters, talking about how he built Ella’s Kitchen from scratch, and there will be a chance to hear from buyers from Sainsbury’s and Fortnum and Mason.

An elevensies panel of foodies who have built livelihoods from making marshmallows, Greek yoghurt lollies and frozen baby food, while Muddy Boots founder Miranda Ballard will explain why she felt a contract with Tesco wasn’t right for her business.

Afternoon tea will consist of an insightful instruction on the art and psychology of packaging, first from Packed author Tessa Stuart and then moving onto the nitty gritty with Jellybean Creative and design consultant Darren Barber.

The event is set to be held at Microsoft Offices in Victoria, Central London, and starts at 9.30am.  It finishes at 4.30pm and includes networking over drinks.

For more details and to buy tickets, go to the event website here.

Want a website to go with your burgeoning epicurean business? Check out our food and drink website templates.

If it’s inspiration you’re after, see how these successful food businesses created their websites.

And have a read through our tips for branding and personalising your baking business (we focus on cakes and cookies in the article but the tips can be applied to any food business).


Amita Parikh
Editor and writer @Moonfruit

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