Virgin StartUp Meetup Bournemouth: how to start a food business
Ever dreamed of quitting your job to start up a food stall, restaurant or café? You’re not alone – the UK’s startup food scene has never been more exciting. An aptitude for cooking and passion for food are two vital components to running a food startup, 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 industry to launch a successful business. Come and meet the people who have been in your position and took the leap!
6:30-7 Networking Opportunities
7-7:20 Rupert Holloway, Founder of Conker Gin. From an old Victorian Laundry on the backstreets of Bournemouth, entrepreneur and Conker Spirit founder, Rupert Holloway, has become Dorset’s first independent gin distiller. Beginning the journey only 3 years ago, after losing the love for his career as a chartered surveyor, Rupert had the lightbulb moment of producing a beautifully crafted spirit representative of the Dorset landscape. Rupert's here to tell you how he launched a drink company - as well as giving you a sample of their award-winning local Gin.
7:20-7:50 Barbara Cox is a highly regarded nutritionist, health article author and businesswoman. She became passionate about the importance of eating healthily during a ten-year stay in Japan. On her return to the UK in 2004, Barbara founded Nutrichef, a company that produces high quality healthy meals and delivers them to customers’ homes. In 2008 Barbara was awarded the National Title of Entrepreneur of the Year by the British Chambers of Commerce. Barbara a contributor to over 15 major magazine publications plus the book Fit for Motorsport, Kitchen Table Tycoon and the nutrition chapters in Teach yourself Aromatherapy. After the sale of Nutrichef in March 2015, Barbara wrote her first cookbook Rainbow Recipes and continues to educate and inspire on healthy eating and entrepreneurship. In 2015 Barbara partnered with Mr Lees Noodles as Head of Nutrition and is responsible for product research and development of a new snack range and nutritional boosts for the noodles. Barbara will share her wealth of experience in this industry and tell us how she created and sold her massively successful food company.
7:50-8:15 Damien Lee, founder and CEO of Mr Lees Noodles. Damien Lee is an ex-Australian Special Forces, a former City headhunter, a single dad of two and stage 4 cancer survivor. Self defined as ‘unemployable’, Damien has always applied creative thought to a vast network of start-ups with results, including a successful financial recruitment firm and what became one of the world’s largest maritime communication companies. He is no stranger to innovative business, so he created his own 100% tasty, 0% nasty gluten-free noodle in a cup that is now in market. With our appetite for Asian streetfood on the rise and with his high-tech approach to sales, Damien Lee is certainly on trend" and he's here to tell you how he created his food company as well as letting you sample his delicious new noodles.
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