Budding foodservice businesses are being offered the chance to win more than £10,000 worth of mentoring, including advice on catering equipment, in a special ‘Pitch to the Experts’ competition at this year’s Food Entrepreneur Show.
The Artisan Food Trail, which promotes and champions small and artisan food producers has put together the package, which will be awarded to the company that makes the best case for its business.
The package is designed to support it in moving their operation forward and creating the growth they are looking for.
A team of nine experts and their businesses are backing the competition to ensure that all areas of business are covered. This includes funding advice from Assynt Corporate Finance, customer relationship management from Lightdegree and catering equipment consultation from Eco Catering Equipment.
Tim Taylor, managing director of Bedford-based Eco Catering Equipment, said the company is delighted to be involved in the competition. “We’ve been long term supporters of The Artisan Food Trail. It’s a great resource for the independent producers out there. It’s often a daunting prospect launching a new business or expanding an existing one. ‘Pitch to the Experts’ is a great opportunity and we’re proud to be supporting this event and look forward to working with the lucky winner.”
Like Eco Catering Equipment, the other eight businesses have all offered their time, knowledge and support to a total value of nearly £10,000 to review the winner’s business and provide them with essential advice in areas where they require help.
Graham Childs, co-founder and partner of The Artisan Food Trail, said: “When starting out it can be hard to get the right advice and help from the right people. It’s also often something that you can’t afford on top of your everyday business running costs. ‘Pitch to the Experts’ will give one business the leg-up that it needs — expert advice from people who have the experience through their own businesses and, like ourselves, want to help other business to grow.”
To be in with a chance of winning the prize, interested parties must submit their entries before 18 September. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to pitch to the panel on the second day of the Food Entrepreneur Show at London’s ExCel, which runs from September 29-30.
To enter the competition click here.