Food Business Start-ups (Two Day)

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£295.00 per person
Duration: 2.0 day(s) Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm Tutor: Yvonne O'Donovan
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Recently reduced by 25% to encourage those looking to transform their lives during these turbulent times.

Do you have a passion for food and a dream to start up your own artisan business?

If you have a seed of an idea but not sure where to begin, then our two-day food business start-up course is for you.

What it involves:
You’ll take part in a series of creative workshops and practical exercises, learning how to turn your goals into reality.

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to develop your fledgling business, this course helps you explore your options for creating a successful artisan food business. You get to test your ideas in a semi-realistic environment in order to assess the viability of taking it forward.

It all takes place within The School of Artisan Food in the beautiful and tranquil surroundings of the historic Welbeck estate. The estate is already home to a thriving community of artisan food businesses and some visits and introductions may be included.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to take your business concept forward
  • How to write an outline business plan
  • How to develop a clear action plan to launch your own artisan food business
  • How to build a viable business model.

Thanks to small group sizes, you will have the opportunity to get one-to-one advice from our expert tutor, Yvonne O’Donovan. Drawing on the experience of working with hundreds of businesses, she shares real examples to provide practical insights.

So, is this is for you?
Our start-up tool kit is designed to help develop business ideas whatever stage in your career. We’ve helped chocolatiers, cheese-makers, bakers, butchers, charcutiers, fermenters, pickle/jam makers, drinks producers and all types of specialists foods with a focus on quality.

We’ve worked with people at the start of the career, those wishing to change direction and early retirement. Perhaps you have a hobby that you’d like to develop into a livelihood? Maybe you’re looking for a part-time business in an area that you love. If food is your thing then this course is for you.

Success stories
Don’t take our word for it. A large number attending our courses have already gone on to run successful businesses across the UK and abroad. Read on:

Case Studies

  • Sara Percevicius successfully launched her new business, The Bake Lab, in 2016. She said "I found the business classes run by Yvonne O’Donovan so helpful. She’s very good at planting the seeds that turn into original ideas for your own business. The work placements the School organised were great. I still use the ideas and experience I picked up during my placements in my baking now.” Read Sara's full story here.
  • Moya Sketchley, said "Yvonne was great. I enjoyed her delivery and her performance was comprehensive and super relevant to my business."
  • Pavan Vanvadhesha, said: "Yvonne was brilliant and so supportive. She answered every random question I had and has helped to change the way I think and feel."


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