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Portobello Business Centre

Thursday, 28 September 2017 at 10:00 - Thursday, 12 October 2017 at 21:00 (BST)

Start or Grow Your Own Food Business, Restaurant,...

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Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
Food Business Course 2017   more info 27 Sep 2017 £450.00 £25.24
* Prices include VAT

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(For new or existing businesses)

Early Bird Tickets Available: £360 inc VAT - Use the code SYOFB20

Book your place, refer a friend and save £50 each!!!*

For instalments and all the other options please contact us: 020 7460 5050, or email us:



  • Do you want to learn how to increase your potential profits?
  • Are you keen to develop and grow your business in the coming years?
  • Do you want to reduce your costs?
  • Would you like to understand health & safety as well as employment legislation?

Experienced professionals, who have been in the business for decades, invite you to start or grow your own food/cafe business, avoid the mistakes that could be your downfall, save money and time creating the right systems and hire the best staff.

This course will teach you how to open, run and grow a successful operation and build your own Brand. #SYOR #SYOFB

Through our lectures, we will make you able to create a compelling vision and help you through the operational minefield. Provide management insights and help you create your dream become a reality.

The Course will be over 6 days details below:-

1st Day: Thursday 28th September 10:00am - 4:00pm


Intro To Food Industry 10:00am – 12:30pm   Lecturer - James Breslaw, Neds Noodle Bar

  •      Introduction session
  •      Overview of the market
  •      What does it take to succeed
  •      Adapting while in Business
  •      Branding

(lunch 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

 Human Resources 2:30pm – 4:00pm LecturerEszter Szabo, Neds Noodle Bar 

  •     Recruiting staff
  •     Casual staff
  •     Rota plans
  •     Training

2nd Day: Friday 29th September 10-4pm


Legal Requirements  10:00am – 12:30pm -  Lecturer – Euan MacAuslan

  •      Health & Safety
  •      Licensing
  •      Food Safety
  • (lunch 1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Pricing and Purchasing 1:30pm – 3:00pm - Lecturer - Roberto Marroni, Neds Noodle Bar

  •     Pricing/cost of food and preparation
  •     Storage and purchasing
  •     Menu Strategy

 3:00pm – 4:00pm Visit to ‘Parlour Kensal’ to see a working kitchen - lecturer Jesse Dunford Wood


3rd Day: Tuesday 3rd October 6:00pm-9:00pm


Marketing & Social Media  6:00pm – 9:00pm Lecturer -  Eveleen Rooney (Westminster library) & David Taylor The Digital Co

  •      Market Research
  •      Market Overview
  •      Marketing and Social Media 
  •      Branding
  •      Creating Your Own Strategy

4th Day: Thursday 5th October 6:00pm-9:00pm


Finance & Purchasing 6:00pm – 9:00pm Lecturer - Massimo Di Paola, MDP Consultancy

  •      Legal status how to decide what’s best
  •      Understanding Business Accounts
  •      P & L and Cashflow
  •      Getting to grips with VAT and TAX
  •      Purchasing Hard Goods


5th Day: Tuesday 10th October 6:00pm-9:00pm


Routes to Market 6:00pm-9:00pm - Panel of Experts: Tom Reid (Appearhere), Nigel Parsons (, Olivia Sibony (Grub Club), Lou Scott (Scotties Coffee) Nick Kasic  (Market Manager Portobello Road).

  •      Pop Up
  •      Street Food, festivals
  •      Street Market
  •      Catering
  •      Restaurant/Café Premises

Also have a close up look at a Scotties Coffee van and sample the coffee!


6th Day: Thursday 12th October 6:00pm-9:00pm


Funding  6:00pm-9:00pm - Panel of experts: Robert Foster (Redochre), Isidro Garcia (Banking), Laura Campbell (Startup Direct), CEO (Your Credit Union and the Big Cheese)

  •     Crowdfunding
  •     Loan Schemes
  •     Traditional Funding


The initial cost of the course is £450 including VAT. Limited Early Bird Tickets are avaliable £360 including VAT. If you book your place and then refer a friend we offer £50 cashback* to you and your friend as well. For instalments and all the other options please contact us 020 7460 5050, or email us

 You may be eligible for a 25% discount if you live in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (proof of address will be required).  IF YOU LIVE IN RBKC, PLEASE CONTACT JENNI BEFORE BOOKING TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT CODE.  

All sessions will be held at Portobello Business Centre, Canalside House,383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA. However, the PBC reserves the right to make changes to lecturers or locations should the need require.

Here are some of the comments from previous participants

“Extremely beneficial course, James and the other lecturers, were the best, excellent, this has helped us on our way.” Ace Fusion

“I have found this course absolutely invaluable, both in terms of providing a thorough introduction to self -employment  but also giving me the confidence to take my business forward.”


Refund Policy

Please note – once confirmed, 30 days notice is required for a full-refund or transfer to another course if available (last day is Monday 28th August 2017, at 17:00pm).  No refunds, transfers or date changes will be made within the last 30 days (29th August - 28 September 2017) of the course start date.  A £5 admin fee has been charged and is non-refundable.


* The referral fee will only be credited to your account following the first session of the course

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Portobello Business Centre
6 Canalside House
383 Ladbroke Grove
W10 5AA London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 28 September 2017 at 10:00 - Thursday, 12 October 2017 at 21:00 (BST)

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Portobello Business Centre

Welcome to the award winning business development agency described as ‘the best in London’.

We offer a wide range of services for people who want to set up on their own and for already established business planning to expand.

Look through our website to find out about the courses, business advice and consultancy that we offer.

To find out more, call 020 7460 5050 or email us

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