Ever dreamed of quitting your job to launch a food or drink brand, or even a restaurant or café?
You’re not alone – the UK’s startup food & drinks scene has never been more exciting. Food & drink startups are invading supermarket shelves, street food markets and high-streets the length and breadth of the country. An aptitude for cooking and passion for food and drink are two vital components to running a food or drink business, but there are other considerations too.
How do you juggle getting the perfect cupcake with ensuring your kitchen meets all health, safety and legal requirements? How can you find the right suppliers? How should you price your wares, and – most importantly – how do you get people salivating over your creations and shouting about them from the rooftops? The good news is you don’t need a background in the food or drink industry to launch a successful business. Come and meet the people who have been in your position and took the leap!
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Anthony Fletcher is the CEO of Graze, “the healthier direct to consumer snack brand”. His business specialises in shipping fresh fruit, among many other kinds of produce and bringing manufacturing in-house. The company itself has been shortlisted in the Retail Hero category at the Growing Business Awards.
Jamie Spafford is one of the co-founders of SortedFood, a social media platform that is dedicated to cooking. The company started up as a YouTube channel specialising in how-to-cook videos. Their first videos were in 2010 and the website was simultaneously made to store the recipes featured within the videos. Sorted’s channel now has over 1 million subscribers; becoming the biggest YouTube cooking channel.
Raised in the Netherlands, Double Dutch’s twin founders, Joyce and Raissa, have a natural affinity with superlative drinks and excellent blendings. After all, they come from the birthplace of gin!
But this turned to frustration. While the world’s choice of spirits has continued to grow, mixers and sodas have remained bland … less of a twin, more of a shadow.
Double Dutch is the result of this love affair – uniting great spirits with complementary mixers that enliven and enhance. Richard Branson supported the Double Dutch vision by giving the twins a Foodpreneur award for their innovative Food and Beverage brand.
Kris Ingham is the founder of Rejuvenation Water, a pioneering lifestyle drink company that specialises in drinks that use Staffordshire spring water, natural fruit juices and a unique Amino Acid formulation. Launched in 2016, London-based Rejuvenation Water is the World’s first Amino Acid enriched spring water ever produced.
Dan Broughton is the co-founder of soda company Dalston’s. Dan’s been in the drinks industry for over 17 years, after working in startups and brands of all sizes. He has prior experience with Cadbury, Pete & Johnny Smoothies, Green & Black's, Cawston Press and now Dalston's. Dan has an impressive skillset and knowledge on how to make a business truly thrive and survive.
Who's it For?
You have a great business idea and want to develop a coherent brand before telling the world about it.Or maybe, you’re creating a website, landing page or social media presence for your business and want to know what style will work.
You could be working on your business plan and want to know exactly what your business stands for and who it will appeal to.
Or perhaps you already have a product and want to create a brand brief that will help you design packaging for it.
You could already be running a business but want to get serious about your brand.
Plus! ANYONE that wants to build a powerful, profitable business.
This event will inspire you to think big as you build your own business.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Our keynote speakers are here for one reason - to make a difference to your business.
Their level of expertise is second to none, and their ability to teach and inspire is what makes them some of the most sought-after thought leaders in the entrepreneurship space.
We'll have three opportunities for you to meet and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs. This is where the magic happens and is the biggest game-changer during the summit.
We'll be discussing how to startup, scale-up - and exit your business successfully.
We'll have three opportunities for you to meet and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs. This is where the magic happens and is the biggest game-changer during the event.