Food Business Start-ups


If you're setting up your own food business or planning to do so, this specialist two-day course will show you the way. Join Yvonne O’Donovan - the School’s Head of Business and Enterprise - in a series of workshops, practical exercises and lectures.

This course is ideal for those wishing to establish and run a food business, and provides guidance and resources as you explore key principles.

Classes will focus on how to develop each section of a fast-track business plan. A sample business plan model will assist you in working through the steps to start-up by mapping milestones and designing the route to a successful launch.

This course will provide a forum to discuss specific areas such as finance, marketing, management and sustainability.

Price includes refreshments and lunch.

Thinking of attending? Here are a few more details…

12 is the maximum number of students on this course. We like to keep our class sizes small and personal to ensure that there is the opportunity for one-to-one time with the tutor.

Who is this course for? This two-day course is predominantly for those who are still exploring options and are unsure how to take their potential business idea forward. It’s also suitable for those who already have an outline plan as we test the assumptions and explore if they are viable.

Do you expect participants to have made progress with their chosen ideas before attending the course? Previous participants have ranged from those who have just a glimmer of an idea with no work or research, to those who have already tested the market by selling their products. It makes little difference, as attendees will be given the task of reworking their assumptions as well as the numbers.

What would you expect participants to gain from the course? The course is not an academic overview of entrepreneurship, but is instead an intensive experiential two days with the focus on fast-tracking critical decisions in the initial phase of your business. It is built on the experience and knowledge of the tutor, who has worked with hundreds of businesses over several decades. This course provides the building blocks for a sustainable and viable model by addressing the key issues pre-start up.

'It gave me a lot to think about and highlighted gaps in my ideas and potential problems. It has also given me enthusiasm to continue on my journey.'

'Yvonne has a lot of knowledge and experience in this area and the fact that she has so many real business examples to share, gave us all such a great practical insight as well as the theory.'

'It has given me a more coherent timeline and actions. Well worth it. What it also gave me was a connection with others in similar positions, helping to contextualise and step outside my own thoughts. Would I recommend this course? Absolutely.'


Thu 10th Nov - Fri 11th Nov 2016

Places left: YES


Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm

Duration: 2.0 day(s)

Cost: £295.00

Subjects: Business


Yvonne O'Donovan

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