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Summary How to Start Up a Successful Food Business - Evening Course

Products, pop ups, Direct To Consumer, Hospitality and more.

If you have an idea for a food business or are toying with a career change, our new short course is a brilliant place to start. The new landscape since the dawn of the pandemic has seen a multitude of opportunities for the entrepreneur to start up in the food business, but to succeed you have to work and act smart.

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.

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!

You will learn the fundamentals of drafting a business plan including financial forecasts, P&L and menu writing, helping you to create a successful business from a bright idea.

During the course we introduce guest speakers to give essential insight not only into their successes, but also into their mistakes and how to avoid them.

Using a voucher to pay for this course? Vouchers can't be redeemed through our online booking system just yet, so please call our bookings team on 0208 749 6400, thank you.


What you'll learn How to Start Up a Successful Food Business - Evening Course

The magic numbers behind the business, menu engineering, building a business plan

• Finding the right property and location, procurement, company creation and the low down on legals

• Human resources, marketing, branding and PR

• How to pitch your business plan to investors

Every business needs a great concept at its heart, and during the course you will create a business idea (which you may already have in mind), and share it with your fellow students in the final session ‘Dragons Den’ style.

From session one you will be thinking like a food business expert, and on completion you will have the very best chance of success, as others who have taken this course have, including - Tom Smith who has launched Cambodian street food concept, Barang Street Kitchen. Also, Kolamba in Kingly Street, London was partly founded by one of our graduates and Barang Street Kitchen as well as Keythorpe Hall has recently launched as a gastronomic private hire venue in Leicestershire, founded by two graduates from the course.

Practical info How to Start Up a Successful Food Business - Evening Course

What you need to bring:

A notebook and pencil.

What is included:

Light refreshments are available on arrival.

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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