Summary How to Succeed with a Food and Drink Business


  • Tue 21 Mar 2023   18.30 - 20.30
  • Sat 4 Nov 2023   10.00 - 12.00

If you are looking to start a food and drink business, this class is a brilliant place to start in this insightful session with Chris Barber from CB Food Solutions.

This class will cover a range of areas such as business plans, budgeting, company structure and brand identity, and who better to be taught by than one of the most prominent hospitality, food and beverage experts in Europe.

Here at Leiths we’ve been training food & drink professionals for 40 years; many of our graduates have gone on to start successful businesses, including Camilla Stephens of Higgidy Pies, Tim Price of Silver Birch, Joe Mercer-Nairne of Medlar, Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne of Genius foods gluten free breads and many more.

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!

With recent events such as wage inflation and rising costs of ingredients, you will learn the 12 steps that will ensure you have the best chance of success in the 'new normal'. Chris will discuss all the issues that need to be considered, and give you all the guidance you need for your next steps.

The session will be followed by an additional question and answer slot, for which you can submit questions for Chris in advance. You will also have the opportunity to contact Chris privately if you wish to take your ideas further.

What you'll learn How to Succeed with a Food and Drink Business

The 12 steps to success in food business and what will be covered:

1. Have the idea

2. Research and benchmark your idea, create points of difference

3. Calculate how much money you will need to get from idea to launch

4. How will you fund the business and what will this mean to you going forward

5. What is your company structure and what does its formulation entail

6. Who are the key people you need to help, and where will you find them

7. What is the detailed offer; food, drink, accommodation, entertainment

8. Where will the business be located

9. What is the brand identity, how will you create it

10. What is the future and the exit - one site, multiple sites, different ideas under one umbrella - all this can change but always have a plan

11. Is this a good idea or a great business - create a draft P&L to show experiential and commercial success

12. Bring all of the above into a business plan

* 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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