Food Business Start Up Courses

Are you ready to set-up that artisan food business you’ve always dreamed of? Our start-up courses take your business from wishful thinking to commercial reality. From introductory level courses that challenge you and your concept, to the Advanced Certificate that allows you to work through the stages of start-up in a supportive, dynamic environment, we have designed a range of ways for you to take part.

Take a look at our business courses:

Food Business Start-Ups (Two Day)

This introductory start-up course challenges you to see if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. It provides a methodology to test your vision in a safe, collaborative environment. With essential guidance and extensive resources, developed over years of working with artisan producers, you will leave with focus and a clear action plan.

Led by our expert tutor Yvonne O’Donovan - the School’s Head of Business and Enterprise – you will work through an outline business plan, using creative workshops, practical exercises and live examples.


Artisan Business Start-Up Certificate

After almost a decade of delivering the Creating an Artisan Business course as part of the Advanced Diploma in Baking (Level 5 accredited by the FDQ), we are delighted to offer our expertise, bespoke facilities and alumni networks to those with a love of food and a foodie idea.

Take the crucial steps to transform your business concept into reality. Join a collective of like-minded food entrepreneurs of the future and work together to test bake your idea and kick start your artisan food enterprise.

Following on from our introductory Food Business Start-ups course, this modular programme delves into five core business areas in depth, working with you in a dynamic environment using workshops, practical exercises and evidence-based case studies.

Tutor Yvonne O’Donovan is the School’s Head of Business and Enterprise and has nurtured many food business start-ups over the years. With her expert guidance and deep understanding of business, she will equip you with the knowledge, confidence and drive to get your idea off the ground.

The course has been specifically designed for those planning an artisan food or drinks business and those who are already trading and wish to expand or diversify. We have split the course into separate three day modules to suit your work/life commitments. Whether you are a career changer, an early retired or an aspiring starter, whatever your age, responsibilities and background, irrespective of the scale of your ambition, these modules take you on the journey to commercial sustainability.

It is important that you attend Module 1 so we can get under the skin of you and your business. It is possible to mix and match the syllabus to fit your individual requirements and availability, however we highly recommend taking all five modules in sequential order to gain the Artisan Business Start-Up Certificate.

By the end of full course, you will have the essential tools to make your business happen.

The modules include:

Module 1: You & Your Business - FIND OUT MORE
Module 2: Marketplace - FIND OUT MORE
Module 3: Finance - FIND OUT MORE
Module 4: Operations - FIND OUT MORE
Module 5: Business Plan - FIND OUT MORE

£595.00 per module.

Special offer: Book all five modules for £2,595 – just enter code ABSCGLWP to receive the discount.

Creating A Successful Micro-Bakery (One Day)

The growing popularity of artisan bread, cakes and pastries across the UK is creating an ever-increasing demand for locally produced, real bread and baked goods. This one-day course with successful bakery owner Ian Waterland shares his secrets to setting up a thriving baking business.


Creating An Artisan Drinks Business (One Day)

Dream of launching your own artisan drinks business? Join award-winning cider maker Simon Reed on this one day course as he shares his tips & guidance on setting up a viable drinks venture.


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