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Starting a Healthy Business - Panel Event at Kensington
Wed 19 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Ever thought about starting your own healthy food business? Be inspired by some of the leaders in the industry at this special event, hosted at our Kensington store.
Joining us on the panel will be Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella), Olivia Wollenberg (Livia’s Kitchen), Cassandra Stavrou (Propercorn), Alex Hely-Hutchinson (26 Grains), and Pip Murray (Pip & Nut). Make sure to bring your burning questions—this is an exciting opportunity to learn from the best!
Each attendee will also receive a goody bag to take away of some of our favourite healthy food products.
About the Panelists:
Ella is an award winning cookery author. She writes the popular blog, deliciouslyella.com, and is a champion of healthy well. Her first book, published in January 2015, has been the best-selling debut cookbook ever in the UK, Amazons best-selling book of the year, a NY Times best seller and has been translated into 15 languages. She has since released a second best-selling cookbook, as well as a number one app and has recently opened her first deli - the mae deli - in London, as well as launching a line of food products with her husband, Matthew.
Olivia is a neuroscientist-turned-business-woman with a never-ending love and passion for food. Olivia studied Psychology and Neuroscience for 5 years at UCL. After graduating, her newly diagnosed food intolerances opened her eyes to a large gap in the market for free-from food which actually tasted good. Although she had neither a food nor a business background, it was apparent to her that determination and drive were better keys to success than experience ever could be.
Her determination and drive gets stronger with each day. She sayd, "Each day I believe more and more in what I do and what my company stands for. I am entirely dedicated to Livia’s Kitchen, eating (literally), breathing and sleeping it. I am the creative mind behind all aspects of the company, but love to take on advice from others around me and thoroughly enjoy watching my team grow stronger. I always intend to have an active role in all aspects of the company, from the operational side to the creative parts. I enjoy absolutely every aspect of running a business, and feel utterly blessed to have this opportunity and I will do absolutely everything in my power to make the most of it every single day."
Cassandra is the co-founder of PROPERCORN, the UK’s fastest growing premium popcorn company. Starting out in her kitchen when she was just 25, Cassandra now leads a team of 40 from their offices in London, selling more than 3 million packs of their award-winning popcorn per month.
Since first launching in 2011, Cassandra has worked tirelessly to create a dynamic business, grounded in passion for food and creativity. Unwilling to compromise on taste or health, PROPERCORN’s gluten-free collection is now available 10 countries across Europe, with the business emerging as the fastest non-tech start-up in the UK.
Since successfully launching PROPERCORN, Cassandra has made mentorship of others, both internally and externally, an enormous part of her working life. Her passion for entrepreneurship has seen her involved in Warehouse’s Women to Watch initiative, Marie Claire @work live and Ted X events. This year, Cassandra has also worked with DEFRA as a Great British Food Pioneer Cassandra was recently rewarded for her efforts in both business and mentorship, receiving the prestigious Veuve Clicquot New Generation Award.
Pip Murray, 28, is the Founder of the award-winning nut butter brand, Pip & Nut (www.pipandnut.com). The idea for the brand emerged through Pip's love of running as she used to to eat peanut butter as a post-run snack. However, most she disliked that most available nut butters were packed full or palm oil and cane sugar, while the healthier alternatives were quite plain and unexciting. Pip wanted to bring something new to the category by creating a healthy product that appealed to a wider, younger demographic.
After initial market testing at Maltby St Market in Bermondsey, Pip entered her business plan into the ‘Escape to the Shed’ competition, run by Escape the City. After beating 3,000 other entrants, she left her day job as a Producer at the Science Museum, to spend the next three months living, working and launching her business from a shed in central London. During this time she successfully raised £120,000 in nine days on crowdfunding website Crowdcube in order to launch the brand in January 2015. Nineteen months later, the brand is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Just 26 years old, Alex Hely-Hutchinson is a rising star of the UK food scene.
Alex was inspired by Nordic cooking, and in particular their use of ancient grains and spices, while living and working in Copenhagen.
The Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced heu-gah) has no direct English translation. It evokes feelings of warmth and well-being, comfort and cosiness. It is finding pleasure making ordinary, everyday things – like cooking and eating – more meaningful.
This is the ethos behind Alex's company, 26 Grains, which offers a range of delicious and wholesome dished based on grains, spices and fresh ingredients. 26 Grains can be found at various pop-ups, and at her space in Neal's Yard.
Alex has also just released her first book, with 100 recipes that use wholesome grains from oats to amaranth. Her delicious cookbook spans energising breakfast porridges through lunchtime salad bowls and to nourishing dinners.