Marks & Spencer to launch event series to help food and drink start-ups

March, May and June events will provide networking opportunities and advice for UK artisan foodie businesses on becoming ‘retail ready’

A series of businesses events designed to help UK artisan food and drink start-ups bring their products to market has been announced by Marks & Spencer (M&S), in collaboration with Kitchen Table Projects.

Taking place in March, May and June 2016 at London’s Waterside House, the three events will provide advice and guidance on managing growth and navigating the UK’s food and drink retail landscape.

The first event, Speed Mentoring, will take place on March 24 and will give producers three minutes each to ask questions to mentors and experts before a buzzer sounds and they move on to the next.

May 5 will see a food business bootcamp focused on growing your business and how to become ‘retail ready’, with five start-ups selected to take part in a Dragons’ Den style pitch. The final event, Artisan After Hours, will take place on June 23 as an informal networking event with food producers, consultants, media, retailers and distributors.

Kirsty Grieve, deli product developer for M&S, said:

“M&S is committed to supporting the next generation of UK food and drink brands. Partnerships like this are invaluable, not just for those looking to grow their food and drink business – but also for M&S in helping us to discover the next big thing for our shelves.”

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