Online Food Business Start up (two day)

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THIS COURSE IS DELIVERED LIVE ONLINE. If you are looking for the in person two day Food business start up course, please click here

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:
During this intensive course, you’ll take part in a series of creative workshops and practical exercises and learn how to turn your goals into reality.

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to develop your fledgling business, the course helps you explore your options for making a successful artisan food business. You’ll test out your ideas, find out how to make those first important steps and develop plans.

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 you’ll get the chance to visit them and learn from the best.

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’ll also have opportunity to get one-to-one advice from our expert tutor. Yvonne O’Donovan draws on experience gained while working with hundreds of businesses and can share real business examples and provide practical insights.

So, is this is for you?
Our artisan food start-up tool kit is designed to help develop business ideas whatever stage in your career. We’ve helped chocolatiers, cheese-makers, butchers and charcutiers, fermenters, pickle and jam makers, drinks producers and pop-ups and supper-club provider.

We’ve worked with people at the start of the career as well as those wishing to change direction. Perhaps you also have a spark of a business idea, have a hobby that you’d like to develop or are even already trading. Maybe you’re looking for a side hustle and simply 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 of people attending this course 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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