Starting a Food Business – Your Roadmap to Success


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Event Date:  10:00am, 1st March 2021

Location:  Zoom,

Ticket Price: €10


Booking Closed

The Local Enterprise Office Dublin City are hosting this unique event for those interested in starting a food business, or anyone within the first 24 months of having started out already. Learn from guest speakers James Burke, Ireland’s leading advisor in the food sector, Margaret Hoctor of Killmullen Farm, Harry Colley of Harry’s Nut Butter and Carmel Biggane from Supervalu Food Academy. Each presenter will draw on their wealth of experience and share knowledge with those attending. There will also be an opportunity for questions, and group mentoring with the speakers after the presentations.

Target Participants

Whether you are just thinking about a food idea, or already selling at a local farmers market or to a local shop/cafe, this event is for you. The diverse panel of experts will all focus on giving you tips and suggestions on how to successfully start or grow your food business.  



10:00 – 10:05  Opening and Welcome by Ross Curley, LEO Dublin City.

10:05 – 10:15  James Burke, JB&A - “The Food Start Up Roadmap to Success”. James will provide an overview of the supports which are available for early stage food producers and food entrepreneurs.

10:15 – 10:35  Margaret Hoctor, Kilmullen Farm - Facing redundancy from the corporate world, Margaret used the assets of her farm to create a successful enterprise. She is a leading expert on farmers markets and will have lots of tips on how to achieve success.

10:35 – 10:55  Harry Colley, Harrys Nut Butter – Harry’s Nut Butter started off life in the Fumbally Café in Dublin 8. It has developed somewhat of a cult following and is now available throughout Ireland. Harry Colley will share his story and tips about how he has succeeded in the food sector.

10:55 – 11:15  Caramel Biggane, Supervalu Food Academy – “Supports for Producers”. Supervalu has collaborated with Bord Bia and the Local Enterprise Office to bring you the Food Academy programme. As well as structured workshops and mentoring, hear from Carmel how the programme provides a trial for suitable candidates in their local Supervalu stores.

11:15 – 11:30  Q&A and Group Mentoring (Each speaker will take a group of participants into an online breakout room for a brief discussion (random selection applies)).

Click here to book – Nominal €10 booking fee

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Dublin Food Chain is a collaborative initiative of Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin area. The Dublin Food Chain is part of an ongoing effort to harness the power of the 'collective', in order to ensure that Co. Dublin's unique food heritage benefits from the attention it deserves.

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