Virgin StartUp meetup: How I started 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!
Gem Misa, Co-Founder of Cauli Rice
Cauli Rice Co - founded by Gem Misa, is the only long-life, ready to heat version of the global health food phenomenon ‘cauliflower rice’.Crowned one of the UK’s Food Pioneers, backed by over £2m in crowdfunding and already on the shelves of over 1,300 supermarkets, the pioneering, healthy startup has won the affection of many a health-conscious consumer.
Tom Barton Co-Founder of Honest Burgers
Honest Burgers has become the go-to place in London for people who like their meals with no frills, no fuss, just brilliant quality. In five years it has gone from one tiny food stop to 12 restaurants, with the latest just opened in Covent Garden and more on the cards this year.
Mike Stevens,Co-Founder of Peppersmith
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