Free support for food businesses

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April 16, 2017

Free support for food businesses

A new business support programme has been set up by the council to help the borough’s food, catering and hospitality businesses.

Wandsworth has 2744 registered food businesses, plus 214 registered home caterers. There are also 52 registered street traders living in the borough.

The free programme is being delivered on behalf of the council by CPG Executive Consulting and aims to grow the borough’s food sector and make it more professional and sustainable.

It is aimed at start-ups, established small independent businesses, and people intending to start up a business and will offer advice, support and training. There will be advice on coming up with a clear business strategy, developing a brand and creating new products.

Participants will get

  • One-to-one business advice sessions
  • Specialist workshops in food safety and food hygiene
  • Advice on how to sell to major retailers, food packaging and finance
  • The chance to take part in a local food talent showcase
  • Trial trading to help businesses market test, develop a brand and achieve a trading record.

Helen Roberts, Founder & MD of CPG Executive Consulting Ltd, said: “The support we provide will give Wandsworth business owners practical tools they can implement in their business, which are essential for growth.”

The council’s business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy said:

“We want to ensure new and fledgling businesses get all the help they need to succeed and grow.   A flourishing food sector helps create a strong local economy, vibrant town centres and and  employment opportunities.”

To find out more and sign up email hello@wandsworthfoodies.co.uk

The programme is part of the council’s ‘Your Business Your Growth’ support programme, which is free for Wandsworth business owners. For more information visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/yourbusinessyourgrowth

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