Thursday 4th July, a very sunny day Myself and my friend Ann went on a road trip to London for Start up Food organised by start up Britain http://www.startupbritain.co/events/startup-food
This was an event for foodie start ups, i cant tell you how excited i was about this event, all the advice any food business would want as well as an amazing list of speakers who were:
-Luke Johnson, British serial entrepreneur http://www.lukejohnson.org/home
– Tessa Stuart, Packed http://www.packedbranding.co.uk/
– Tim Roupell, ex-Daily Bread http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about_the_trust/the_enterprise_fellowship/tim_roupell.aspx
– Cate Trotter, Insider Trends http://www.insider-trends.com/
– Mike Salter, We Are Pop Up http://blog.wearepopup.com/
– Becky Jones, PopUp Britain http://www.startupbritain.co/meet-the-team/becky-jones
– Buyers from top high street chain Sainsburys
-Philip Dundas from Pipsdish http://www.pipsdish.co.uk/
-Rekha Mehr Pistachio Rose http://www.pistachiorose.co.uk/
i was particulary inteseted in Pistachio Rose Founder Rekha Mehr who managed to get her Pistachio Rose products into Fortnum and Mason, I was suitably vey impressed
So the subjects and speakers covered all aspects of running a food business from alternative sources of finance to alternate ways to start your business via pop ups and supper clubs, i was scribbling away and had the messiest group of notes but too many inspiring ideas to miss a thing
The floor was also open for plenty of questions, and it was obvious that many foodie entrepreneurs where hoping to get some of the big players to hear out there ideas, the stampede that followed Luke Johnson when he left was not subtle to say the least (hope they caught up with him)
A few food producers bought with them some food samples where i got to try some of the most amazing Luxury Turkish Delight from a company called Gulluoglu crammed full of pistachios, i am not usually a Turkish delight fan but that might have just changed my mind http://www.gulluoglu.co.uk/
A huge fail on my part was why i didn’t take cake?? (and in the voice of Homer Simpson, Doh)
Anyway 2 of my favorite parts of the day was listening to Philip Dundas From pips dish,who opened up a pop up restaurant in a garage, yes a garage, how cool is that, he came across so humorous and passionate about what he does me an Ann were truly in awe
And the 2nd part was very dragons den 5 foodie entrepreneurs pitched there foodie products to 3 buyers from sainsburys with the hope of getting there products onto supermarrket shelves.
I admired them all for having the courage to pitch not just in front of the buyers but also in front of a room full of strangers, I wish them all the very best of luck.
Coming from a hospitality background i did find the focus was quite heavily geared towards retail operations, and some manufacturing but thats not to say the advice wasnt still applicable, the speakers all seemed like experts in there field and were happy to share advice, i came away with my head buzzing full of ideas and it certainly made me think.
i think there may be more start up food events in the future so check out the site or look out for them on Twitter.
Start up Britain will also be on tour with their start up Britain tour bus so if you get chance check out the site to see where they will be next
Oh forgot to mention also got chance to visit the Amazing Borough Market, OMG amazing foodie heaven.well worth a visit http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/