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Summary How to Start Up a Successful Food Business: Two Day Workshop

If you’ve got a great idea for a food business, our new intensive weekend course is a brilliant place to start.

Here at Leiths we’ve been training chefs for 40 years, and many of our graduates have gone on to start successful food businesses, from Camilla Stephens of Higgidy Pies to Joe Mercer-Nairne of Medlar.

We’ve worked with Chris Barber, who has years of hands-on experience as a chef, hotelier, restaurateur and business adviser, to bring you our essential guide to starting a new food business.

Whether you’re hoping to start up a supper club, street food stall, gourmet popcorn brand or vegan meal service, our aim is to inspire and support you, while making sure you’ve considered potential pitfalls and hidden costs!

We’ll equip you with a fundamental foundation in drafting business plans and cash flow, as well as financial planning and menu writing, helping you to create a successful business from a bright idea.

Our guest speaker will give an essential insight not only into their successes, but also into their mistakes and how to avoid them.

You will learn:

• The magic numbers, menu engineering, building a business plan
• Finding the right property and location, procurement, the low down on the legal stuff
• Human resources, marketing, branding and PR
• How to pitch your business plan to investors

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Allergies and dietary restrictions

Please call the school to discuss any relevant allergies with a member of staff. You can read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.


Practical info How to Start Up a Successful Food Business: Two Day Workshop

What you need to bring:

A notebook and pencil.

What is included:

Tea, coffee and elderflower cordial will be served on arrival, and delicious sharing platters prepared by the school will be served at lunchtime each day.

Allergies and dietary restrictions:

We are happy to make adjustments where possible. Some classes are however unsuitable for people with particular intolerances – where the menu would need to be completely different. We need 10 days' notice to be able to properly check the class and adjust the order accordingly. Please read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here.

* All prices correct at time of publishing. Please note that prices are likely to change at the end of each financial year (April).


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