Our first of five trade missions in 2017 is a food and drink focused trip to Paris on 27-28 March. We'll be meeting Britain's ambassador to France, buyers and distributors, food bloggers, sales development experts and food and drink market specialists to help entrepreneurs discover, explore and successfully enter the French market. 

We've already told you about some of the inspiring entrepreneurs joining us, but here are some more!

Andrew On Own In Field W Land Rover CopyAndrew Watmuff, Watmuff & Beckett

Describe your business in one sentence. 

We make delicious fresh soups and risottos using sustainability-farmed ingredients.

How did you come up with the idea for your business? 

My best friend at school became a chef and I have a love of farming; together these two passions created Watmuff & Beckett.

Product 1 Perfect Pea  Mint Soup CopyWhy do you want to go to Paris and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

We want to introduce our fresh soups and risottos to a new market we have never explored before. We are hoping the trip will provide a unique 'leg-up' to contacts and local knowledge that would normally take months to acquire.

What's your one top tip for business success? 

Do what you enjoy.

Anna PicAnna Richey, Two Chicks

Describe your business in one sentence.

We sell egg based convenience food products into retail under our Two Chicks brand.

How did you come up with the idea for your business? 

The idea of starting a company to sell liquid egg white in retail in the UK and Ireland came to me while I was living in Los Angeles. I was struck by the popularity of egg white in America and was aware that we didn’t have such a product in England.

On my return to the UK I spoke with my good friend Alla who really liked the idea and also saw that there was a gap in the market. We came across numerous magazine articles that recommended eating 'skinny' egg white omelettes to stay in shape and included quotes from celebrities and sports stars advocating eating egg white on a regular basis. 

In addition, we knew of plenty of people (ourselves included) who were separating eggs and would benefit from being able to buy liquid egg white.We were therefore convinced there would be a market for it. We set up Anna Alla Ltd to sell Two Chicks convenient egg based products.

LogoWe have expanded our line to include a free range liquid whole egg, a healthy snacking product – Chirps – high protein bites made with egg white, and a fresh ready-to-use gluten free pancake mix.

Two Chicks products also sell overseas in France, Holland, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Why do you want to go to Paris and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

We have our products stocked in La Grande Epicerie and I would like to get into mainstream retailers in France as I have done in the UK so I'm looking to meet buyers and distributors.

What's your one top tip for business success? 

Believe in your product, never give up, and don't look down!

Jn CuppingJason Nichols, New Kings Coffee

Describe your business in one sentence. 

New Kings Coffee provides a selection of quality, single origin, Fairtrade and Organic ground coffees, individually wrapped in coffee bags (like teabags) for freshness, convenience and choice.

How did you come up with the idea for your business? 

Seeing tea selection boxes at hotels and conferences and wondering why the same didn't exist for coffee. Then being served coffee in a coffee bag and connecting this idea to the selection box and hey presto!

From Bean To Bag Fb CoverWhy do you want to go to Paris and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

Primarily a research trip (with a secret hope for some sales!). It's a fantastic opportunity to meet some major buyers and market specialists, to take their advice and learning and apply it to my business.

What's your one top tip for business success? 

Still early days for me but so far I'd say get out there and test the market with your idea.

Joanna Morgan PhotoJoanna Morgan, Radnor Preserves

Describe your business in one sentence. 

Jam with attitude.

How did you come up with the idea for your business? 

Customer demand.

Rp Base Logo1Why do you want to go to Paris and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

To build on a trade mission made during SIAL Paris international food exhibition last October.

What's your one top tip for business success? 

Perseverance.

FrankieprofileFrancoise Snobel, Tipplesworth

Describe your business in one sentence.

Channel your inner "tippler" with Tipplesworth's top-notch cocktail mixers, kits and cases.

How did you come up with the idea for your business? 

After working many moons as a cocktail bartender, I could see a massive gap in the home cocktail and spirit gifting market. Inspired by vintage whisky suitcases that existed in the 50s, I decided to create a cocktail case, filled with everything you need to make the drink and packaged in a gorgeous handmade case. The business has now grown to include a range of smaller kits and is about to launch a new and exciting range of products (which are under wraps until June, so stay tuned!)

Why do you want to go to Paris and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

A couple of retailers in Paris were interested in stocking Tipplesworth last year, but I didn't have the resources to export there. I am now aiming to export to France and other international markets in 2017.

What's your one top tip for business success? 

Self-belief. Knowing that deep down that you have the potential to do incredible things opens up the doors to actually achieving them.

Smiling KooksKuldip Sahota, Mr Singhs

Describe your business in one sentence. 

Mr Singhs is a family business which started from a shed in East London making chilli sauces, pastes and chilli crisps.

How did you come up with the idea for your business? 

Our business started by accident when I spotted my dad soaking wet from the rain trying to sell his chilli sauce. On a whim (and with £900 on my credit card) I booked a stand at the BBC Good Food Show and convinced my family to make 1,000 bottles of sauce so I could make my money back. With the bottles of sauce still boiling hot from being cooked the night before, we sold out and Mr Singhs was born.

Mr Singhs Range Of ProductsWhy do you want to go to Paris and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

To secure new customers in France.

What's your one top tip for business success? 

Always try one more time. What if it works!?

Tania 00028Tania Hannaford, Mielie Foods

Describe your business in one sentence.

Tasty ways to be healthier, without the effort or waste

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

In 2015 I was diagnosed with genetic breast cancer at 35 years old. At the time my children were three and five years old and I didn't want them to grow up without a mother as my brother and I did (my mother also had breast cancer but sadly didn't survive).

In order to give myself the best chance of survival, I significantly increased the amount and variety of fruit and vegetables in my diet. It seemed to work because I not only felt better, but I also got better.

When life returned to normal after my treatment, I found that my diet also deteriorated. I had a senior job for a massive organisation and didn't have the time to routinely juice and make smoothies.

I was desperate to find a solution that allowed me to make a really nutritious smoothie without the hassle (or time). I didn't want something frozen that requires freezer space, not to mention the apple juice needed for the current solutions to taste ok. I didn't want anything with added sugar or preservatives. I didn't want powders (who knows what is in them... and now I know that they are made from juices, so they are significantly less nutritious). 

I didn't want smoothies that claim to have vegetables or a variety of different fruit and veg, when they actually only have small quantities of each. I didn't want to pay a fortune and most importantly, I wanted a solution that mean less food waste. 

SmoothiesI hate food waste. It is bad for the environment and bad for our wallets, not to mention all those people around the word that still die of starvation.

When I realised that I couldn't find the solution and that I knew lots of people who would pay for such a solution, I decided to create that solution myself.

Why do you want to go to Paris and what do you hope to get out of the trip?

I want to learn from the people we meet and the people joining the journey.

I want to open some doors. I believe that you make your own luck, but it helps putting yourself in situations that bring the luck. I am hoping this trip will bring some luck to everyone that attends. If I can sell my products in France, it will be a worthwhile trip.

What's your one top tip for business success? 

Listen, learn and pivot, but not at the expense of what you believe to be the best thing for your business.

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