Meet the entrepreneurs behind Pizza Express, Gü, Biscuiteers and Higgidy and discover their recipes for success.
Food and drink remains the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, but in a competitive and crowded market food entrepreneurs need to be savvier than ever to survive.
In partnership with Barclays and the British Library, Manchester Libraries will be hosting a special screening event at the Midland Hotel, bringing four of the food giants that have successfully penetrated the industry together to discuss their ingredients for success to an audience of start-up and growth businesses at the flagship ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ series on 19 June.
This panel discussion will be streamed live from the British Library in London, with the chance to hear from local entrepreneur Jan Rogers (Marble Beer) in Manchester. You’ll have the chance to put your questions to all speakers, and following the screening you can network with other local businesses.
Guest speakers are:
Luke Johnson, experienced entrepreneur with expertise in starting his own chain, Strada as well as buying and selling national chains such as Pizza Express and Giraffe. He is also part owner and chairman of Patisserie Valerie, APT Controls and Gail’s Bakery. Luke is passionate about entrepreneurship in the UK and is a founding member of StartUp Britain.
Harriet Hastings co-founded Biscuiteers with her husband after spotting a gap in the high-end gifting market to provide personalised home-made luxury biscuits. Since launching in 2007 the business has grown hugely, and Biscuiteers are stocked in large retailers including Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Harrods, and recently opened their first Biscuit Boutique & Icing Café in Notting Hill.
James Averdieck came up with the idea for Gü, a top-notch chocolate pud brand when he was working in Belgium as a strategy consultant. From seed capital of just £65k, Gü grew to become an international brand with the business selling for £29m six years later – one of the largest returns ever achieved in the food industry. James now provides advice and expertise to a variety of businesses and is co-presenter of the Sky show ‘Cooks to Market’.
Camilla Stephens started her homemade pie business Higgidy in 2003, following a career as a food writer. Today, the company has a range of 20 products, stocked in retailers including Sainsbury's, Waitrose, the Co-operative Food and Boots, and employs 180 staff, mainly in the kitchen, which produces 190,000 pies, quiches and slices a week
The screening marks the beginning of Manchester Libraries’ partnership with the British Library, which will see the establishment of a Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) when Central Library re-opens in spring 2014. As well as Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and Newcastle will also have BIPCs.
Barclays are funding the roll out of the British Library’s well-established programme of ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ events to the six cities, enabling the webcast of their London events out to each of the city libraries helping to inspire entrepreneurs from each region.
Rebecca McNeil, Head of Lending at Barclays Business said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to be inspired by successful entrepreneurs. Small and Medium Enterprises are the life blood of the British economy and it is programmes like this that can help develop the next giants of food industry.”
Contact Manchester Libraries to book your place on 0161 234 1991 or go to: http://recipeforsuccessmanchester.eventbrite.co.uk
Wednesday 19 June
Networking from 17.45
Event 18.00 – 21.15
The Midland Hotel
Inspiring Entrepreneurs in partnership with Barclays Recipe for Success Business & IP Centre Manchester