Local business thrives on back of Council’s support programme

Release Date: 20 November 2017

One of the Council’s support programmes for new businesses, set up for Richmond’s food, drink and catering businesses has helped one independent business double its turnover in five months.

The now completed programme, one of several funded by Richmond Council, aimed to grow the borough’s food and drink sector, making it more sustainable and professional by providing advice on coming up with a clear business strategy, developing a brand and creating new products.

Business owners who signed up got one-to-one business advice sessions, specialist workshops in food safety and food hygiene and advice on how to sell to major retailers, food packaging and finance.

Stana, who runs Coffee & Cake Co in Sheen Lane, got in touch with the programme to get advice and support in meeting new challenge facing her business.

Stana said:

“We are all sceptical when we hear that there is a "free seminar" and loathe as business owners to give up, what little free time we have. It was lucky that I ignored my initial scepticism and launched into the program that Richmond Council initiated in conjunction with CPG, "Richmond Foodies".

“I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to network with other local business owners and have access to business consultants; to gain business advice and support in the current challenging climate.”

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Cabinet member for Environment, Business and Community said:

“Programmes like this are great for start-ups, established independent business and people who are intending to start a business. It provides owners with useful tips, support and training to help make their new business a success.

“The Council is committed to supporting our entrepreneurs and small business owners as we aim to encourage and grow a diverse economic base here in Richmond. Visit our website to find out which programmes would best support your business.”

If you’re a new or aspiring small business owner you can find out more about the Council’s future Workshop Support Programme here.

Note: Although the Richmond Foodies workshop programme has just finished, businesses can check out other offers on our website.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P538/17

Updated: 1 December 2017