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Food Business Start-up

8th May 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12th May 2017 @ 4:30 pm£825 inc.

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Are you launching a food business?

For budding foodies, ideas are not always new, such as starting a gin brand/distillery, food truck selling gourmet burgers or a quirky cafe with a Peruvian themed menu but the possibility to disrupt the market with a new innovative solution or niche focus, seem endless.

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A leading UK independent business resource recently listed 28 trending businesses and subsequent opportunities for new business. Nine of the 28 listed were food-related businesses (that’s 32%). There were five food businesses in the top ten and of the 28 businesses listed, in 1st, 2nd and 4th positions were all food businesses. In first place is the ‘ginnaissance’, estimated to be worth £1.3bn by 2020.

Our business course attracts foodpreneurs of all ages who want to dodge becoming a statistic surrounding failed start-ups and carries 4 accreditations including 1 business qualification. The accredited 5 day programme uniquely merges relevant business advice for aspiring owners with meaningful case studies and interviews from successful food businesses/owners.

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It is widely reported that 90% of start-ups fail. 50% fail in the first five years but then survival in the first two years often means that the business is less likely to subsequently fail. These cold statistics should not discourage entrepreneurs, rather encourage them to work smarter.

Our course provides the skills needed to help prepare and maintain your business. Our students also have private access to a forum to enable professional discussions amongst graduates.

Accredited Qualifications Gained

  • Food Business Start-up, Level 1 Certificate – WhitePepper Chef Academy
  • Preparing to Set Up a New Business, L2 Award – SFEDI
  • Key Skills for Food Business Owners, Certificate – Kingston Maurward College
  • 9 Qualification Framework Credits – Ofqual

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Units Covered

  • Understanding the Challenges and Risks of Starting a New Food Business
  • Understanding How to Plan for a New Food Business
  • Understanding Finance in a Business Context
  • Principles of Marketing and Selling in a New Food Business

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Course Syllabus

DAY 1 – Risks

  • Understand why vision and values are important to a new food business
  • Understand the potential opportunities and risks in a new food business
  • Professional analysis and case studies of successful food businesses

DAY 2 – Planning

  • Understand the factors to be considered when planning to start a food business
  • Understand the layout and purpose of a business plan
  • Understand how to get information, help and advice when planning a food business
  • Interview with prominent food business

DAY 3 – Finance

  • Understand ways of financing a new food business
  • Understand how finance is managed in a food business context
  • Understand how cash flow is managed in a food business
  • Food business case study

DAY 4 – Marketing & Selling

  • Understand how to identify and meet customer needs in a new food business
  • Understand how to market products or services in a new food business
  • Understand how to prepare for selling products or services
  • Professional discussion of a successful food business

DAY 5 – Inspiration

  • Guest lecture from a prominent industry figure
  • Behind the scenes view of a food business
  • Advice and support direct from the ‘horses mouth’

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What’s Included

  • 5 days tuition (930am-430pm)
  • Course folder and programme
  • Assessment fees
  • Certificates on completion
  • VIP access to student forum

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Student Facilities

Just 2 hours from London but a world away…

  • 5 days delivered in the Whatmoor room at Kingston Maurward College (pictured below)
  • Overlooking the lake on the 750 acre estate 
  • On site cafe and gardens to explore during breaks

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Please submit your queries here or read our general frequently asked questions.

How to Apply

This qualification runs throughout the year but class sizes are deliberately kept small, so please be vigilant to secure your place well in advance of the course start date. Courses are advertised up to 18 months in advance.


8th May 2017 @ 9:30 am
12th May 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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WhitePepper Chef Academy
+44 (0) 1202280050


Kingston Maurward College
Dorchester Dorset DT28PY United Kingdom + Google Map
+44 (0) 1202 280 050