What is it?
As part of our M&S Food Business Bootcamp this May, we’re looking for innovative, new food businesses who’ve got an amazing product and drive to take their business to the next level. The Small Producer Spotlight Competition is an amazing opportunity for superstar food producers to pitch their product to M&S and be in the running for an M&S Reward.
What’s the prize?
Five shortlisted applicants will get the chance to pitch their product to our panel of M&S buyers, who’ll be on the lookout for something special. One talented producer will be selected to a special prize from M&S, ranging from mentoring to a listing in some of their stores.
Am I eligible to participate?
If you are an ambitious entrepreneur with a shelf ready product that is not already widely available in supermarkets, you are eligible to join the competition. You also need a valid ticket for the Food Business Bootcamp.
How do I apply?
When you get your ticket for the Food Business Bootcamp, you will receive an email with the application form. To take part, put together a 30 second video of your sales pitch, fill in the application form and send us a sample of your product in its retail ready packaging.
Do I really have to make a video?
Yes! This industry is all about sales and we want to see what you’ve got. We don’t need a Hollywood production, you can record it with your smartphone or webcam at home. We want to see your personality and passion shine through. We’re looking for a clear concise pitch, a great delivery and lots of enthusiasm!
How will this help my business?
You will be able to participate in our Food Business Bootcamp where you will learn how to take your food business to the next level. The five shortlisted producers will get to showcase their business to high profile industry experts and get featured on our blog.
When do I have to apply?
The deadline for the competition is on the 29th April, just a few days before the Food Business Bootcamp day on 5th May. We need to see, hold and taste your samples before the big day, so don’t be late! Applications made after 29th April will not be accepted.
When do I find out if I’ve won?
The 5 shortlisted producers will be announced on the day, so if you’ve applied, come ready to pitch to M&S! After the pitches, our panel will take a few moments to deliberate and the winner will be announced.
What if I have more questions?
Just get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions or help you with your application.