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10 things to consider when starting a food or drink business

10 things to consider when starting a food or drink business
Dan Adair Wright
Dan Adair Wright
Small Business Community Manager
Enterprise Nation

Posted: Thu 5th Aug 2021

The UK food and drink industry is booming. It’s also fickle and highly competitive so you have to stand out from the crowd. The Enterprise Nation community is overflowing with ambitious entrepreneurs looking to combine their love of food with a desire to be their own boss.

In this post you’ll find all the resources you need to give your food and drink business every chance at success. You’ll also meet expert advisers who are on hand to help you get it right first time.

Let’s tuck in!

Write a business plan

When starting out, it's important to have a business plan to give you a sense of direction and prioritise your first steps.

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This guide will walk you through how to create your own business plan and includes a detailed template for you to follow.

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Meet Petra Barran, founder of KERB, and hear how to start and grow a food business - from idea to plan.

Connect with an expert adviser

Jo Crebbin has over 25 years’ experience in the food industry and has worked with brands of all sizes. Book a discovery call with Jo to find out how she can help your business to start planning.

Raise funds

Whatever stage your business is at, there’s a range of funding opportunities to consider – from government grants to crowdfunding campaigns.

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Explore what funding options are available and how to raise money for your start-up.

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Crowdfunding adviser Clive Reffell provides an introduction of what crowdfunding is, different types of crowdfunding, and how you can use it to grow your business.

Connect with an expert adviser

Unsure which funding option is best for your small business? Nigel Farren can help you decide - and obtain what you need. Book a discovery call with Nigel to get started.

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Research your market

Market research should never be underestimated. Conducting regular market research allows you to understand both your customers and competitors, and to stay abreast of market trends.

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Not sure how to get started with your market research? This guide will help.

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This webinar discusses how to do market research to identify consumer trends and new customers.

Connect with an expert adviser

Life-long foodie and founder of Food Marketing Expert, Vhari Russell, will leave no stone unturned when it comes to researching your product or idea. Book a discovery call with Vhari.

Ace your accounting

From company formation and bookkeeping, to securing finance and filing your tax return – there’s lots to consider when starting your business.

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This article will help you choose the correct business structure, register your business and make sure your intellectual property is protected.

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In this webinar, learn how you can start managing your accounts and make them feel less of a chore!

Connect with an expert adviser

The team at Finance Box will take the agro out of accounting. Contact Steven Case to discuss your needs. Book a discovery call with Steven.

Stand out from the crowd

There’s more to building a winning brand than simply whipping up a logo. It also includes your company’s offering, message, values and personality.

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Discover why and how to build a brand identity for your business.

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Enterprise Nation adviser Aarti Parmar works with businesses to build authentic and meaningful brands that help them achieve their goals. Find out how.

Connect with an expert adviser

Self confessed ‘shopper stalker’ Tessa Stuart has worked with many food and drinks brands to ensure their products stand out. Book a discovery call with Tessa.

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Spread the word on social media

People eat first with their eyes, so social media is perhaps the easiest way to get your food brand out there. A solid social media strategy will help you reach new audiences.

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Discover how social media tools can help you to plan, monitor and manage your social media.

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There are many ways you can utilise social media for your business. Here are three videos that’ll help get you started.

Connect with an expert adviser

Social media expert Fin Whycherley can help you build your social media sales machine. Book a discovery call with Fin.

Get your products into the aisles

Is your dream to see your product on the shop shelves? Competition is fierce, but with a little guidance you can secure your spot in the supermarket aisle.

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Checkout this definitive guide to finding and pitching supermarket buyers with your product.

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Discover what James Bailey, Managing Director of Waitrose, is looking for when stocking the aisles and discover how you can come to the attention of the buying department.

Connect with an expert adviser

Karen Green, former retail buyer with Tesco, has launched many successful products and brands. She can help you get pitch perfect. Book a discovery call with Karen today.

Make your space work

From fast food outlets and street food vendors to full-service eateries, food service accounts for more than half of all food sales. Making your retail space work for your business is vital.

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If you own and operate a food business it’s highly likely that you also have a landlord. This article is all about how to negotiate lease terms as a hospitality business.

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Pop-up shops can be a great opportunity for e-commerce brands to meet customers in person and test physical retail. Find out what it takes to successfully set-up and sell in a pop-up.

Connect with an expert adviser

In the world of physical retail it’s not enough to have a high quality product. Your retail space needs to get people talking too. Dara Coko Mihajlovic designs remarkable spaces that deliver on dreams. Book a discovery call with Dara.

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Make sales and maximise profits

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Develop a profitable product ecosystem and maximise every sale.

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This webinar will provide some practical tips for making your food business more profitable.

Connect with an expert

With over 25 years’ food and drink sales experience David Orr will help you to explore new sales channels. Book a discovery call with David.

Export your product

Exporting goods can make small businesses more competitive, innovative and productive. While it can be intimidating and time-consuming to explore international opportunities, it’s easier than you think.

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This article will help you to understand the rules of origin and how to comply with them.

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Discover how to prepare for export in a post-Brexit world.

Connect with an expert adviser

Nicola Thomas is passionate about helping food and drink businesses build sustainable and profitable sales overseas. She’ll deliver practical support programmes for new and experienced exporters. Book a discovery call with Nicola.

E-learning support: Get access to exclusive e-learning with the Food Fellowship programme. From developing your idea to creating an online presence, the e-learning modules will allow you to accelerate your food and drink business. Sign up here.

 
Dan Adair Wright
Dan Adair Wright
Small Business Community Manager
Enterprise Nation
 
As Enterprise Nation's small business community manager, my role is to guide our members through every stage of their user journey, developing and improving their experience within the Enterprise Nation community, and arming them with the knowledge and resources they need to start and grow their business. I have over 20 years of experience working in customer and B2B support. Having also managed a small business for many years, I understand the struggles that they face am passionate about helping them grow. I love to hear member success stories, particularly those in the food and drink sector.

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