Artisan Business Start-Up Certificate - Module 3: Finance


Ensure commercial viability for your business by joining Module 3 of our Artisan Business Start-Up Certificate.

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 FDQ accredited 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.

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.


This three-day module looks in detail at one of the most important aspects of any artisan food business – its finances. You will explore the basics of managing the finances of a small artisan food business and discuss defining a price structure and potential profit margins.

Guided by Yvonne and working alongside future food entrepreneurs, you will examine:

  • How to serve your market and make a profit
  • Commercial viability – how much will your customers pay and is it enough to survive?
  • The importance of financial literacy - can you run the numbers?
  • Finance for small business start-ups - terms of trade, wholesale and retail, profit margins, mark-ups, spreadsheets and budgets
  • Access to funding.

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Refreshments will be available throughout each day, as well as a buffet style lunch prepared by our team of chefs. All learning resources and a PC are provided. However, you may wish to bring your own laptop or tablet device.


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


Mon 14th Jan - Wed 16th Jan 2019

Places left: YES


Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm

Duration: 3.0 day(s)

Cost: £595.00

Subjects: Food business start-ups


Yvonne O'Donovan

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