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Mintel House

4 Playhouse Yard

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EC4V 5EX

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An opportunity to meet and network with inspiring new young entrepreneurs and learn from experienced business owners, in an infomal and friendly environment.

Young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to discuss big business issues they are facing and receive advice, support and feedback from people who have been there and done it.

Listen to Bright Ideas Trust beneficiary Katy Hogarth of Moo Canoes being interviewed by our founder, Tim Campbell MBE and inspirational entrepreneur Gareth Chambers of Around Noon Sandwiches.

Gareth Chambers took over his parents’ food company Around Noon in a management buy-out in 2016. The energetic 32-year-old is bringing his love of food and travel to bear on Around Noon — which started out as a sandwich-making enterprise from the Chambers’ family home in Newry’s Willow Grove.

Now it employs 330 people, has high-end premises and has made two major acquisitions in the Republic of Ireland and London in the last few years. It produces about 60 different types of ‘food on the move’ — and while the humble sandwich retains its place, it’s also making items like protein pots, filled croissants, wraps, salads and cold-press juices. Taking over Dublin-based bakery Sweet Things last year has also brought a dizzying array of bakery items into the firm, such as a mojito cake — with Gareth calling its innovation in bakery items “bad ass”.

Around Noon products are supplied to customers such as coffee chain Starbucks and Spar store owner Henderson Group. Sandwiches with fillings such as goat’s cheese, sweet potato and mango earned the company three awards at industry bash The Sammies 2017 — organised by the British Sandwich Association.

Gareth, who lives in Newry with his wife Laura, is evangelical about the products and the inspiration behind them. “I’m really, really into food on the move and eating on the go. I love trains, flights and airports,” he says. “I’ve always been passionate about food and people on the move.”

Not to be missed! Registration opens at 17.45 and the event starts at 18.15.

Please Note: You MUST be registered to attend this event due to security reasons at the venue.


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