Running your own food business can be a rewarding experience – seeing someone enjoy your creations and have a great experience are all very satisfying. However, it is a tough and saturated market with many hours doing other things than just cooking.
The path to running a successful food business can be strewn with obstacles and hurdles, however, having a good grounding and introduction into setting up a compliant food business can make the difference between failure and success. And when it concentrates on providing healthier and ethical food and work practices, it has an added benefit of helping the local community too.
That’s what the Good Food Retail Food Business Workshop aims to do. Our first workshop as part of the Mayor of London’s and the Sustain’s London Food Link Good Food Retail initiative, delegates heard from speakers from Croydon Council on healthier food alternatives and the Eat Well Croydon initiative https://www.croydon.gov.uk/healthsocial/phealth/eat-well-croydon, how to register a food business with the local authority and how to get a pitch in Surrey Street and other district markets.
They also heard from restaurant and food and beverage outlet design and fit out experts IFSE Group on how to design and project manage the fit out of a physical space including deciding on the right equipment needed for the premises.
The delegates also heard from Keith Miller of the Croydon Enterprise Loan Fund http://croydonloanfund.co.uk/ on the finance options available locally and also heard from Shuba Rao who ran an award winning healthy option restaurant, The Tiffin Room, on the Isle of Wight.
If you have your own plans of setting up and running a healthier food business and are interested in joining the next workshop on 19 February 2020, go to the Eventbrite link here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/good-food-retail-food-business-workshop-19-february-2020-tickets-83136384163?aff=ebdssbeac
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