Foodies programme is recipe for success

Release Date: 19 April 2017

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

Richmond has 1,105 food and food related registered businesses and nearly 9% of employee jobs in the borough are in the accommodation and food sector – that is around 7,000 jobs.

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

Initial workshops will look at helping businesses increase their sales and boost profits, selling products into a large retailer, understanding merchandising and store layouts, food packaging, labelling and branding and managing finances for growth in business.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Business, said:

“The food sector is big business in this borough. We want to ensure the businesses continue to succeed and grow – particularly new start-ups. This new programme, along with the other support we offer businesses aims to create a strong local economy, vibrant town centres and employment opportunities.”

Helen Roberts, from CPG Executive Consulting Ltd, said:

“We are thrilled to work with Richmond Council to deliver a programme of business support for Food & Food related businesses in the borough.

“The support we provide will give business owners practical tools to implement in to their business; which are essential for growth. We are genuinely excited to work with Richmond Food businesses, Pre Start, Start Up or SME’s; anyone that’s interested in growing their business. We will provide massive value for all.”

Workshops will be held on the below dates:

  • Wednesday 17 May: Increasing your sales and boost your profits
  • Wednesday 7 June: How to Sell Your Products into a large retailer
  • Thursday 6 July: Merchandising and store layouts made easy
  • Tuesday 26 September: Food packaging, labelling and branding made easy
  • Tuesday 7 November: Managing your finances for growth in business.

For more information, go to Richmond Foodies.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P177/17

Updated: 22 June 2017