Restaurants, cafes, pubs, delis and food entrepreneurs were among the attendees receiving practical support at a special event for the south-coast catering industry last week.
‘Feed Your Growth’, which was hosted by SMB finance specialist Rangewell, saw catering businesses from all over Hampshire, Bournemouth, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight head to Southampton for a day of networking and advice.
Attendees had the chance to try out product prototypes and samples from food photographers, alcohol wholesalers, branding and patent specialists and commercial kitchen designers.
“Our events are always free for small/medium businesses, and we want to help them with more than just making finance transparent. We want to connect them with every type of supplier in the catering industry, to help them learn, network and grow” said Rangewell.
The event also saw a series of talks from local experts, including Hampshire Chambers of Commerce and Get Set for Growth.
The organisers said the event was held in response to the “huge growth” the region has seen in the food and drink sector and aims to be a one-stop-shop for everything a food and drink business needs.