M&S food business bootcamp 

9:00 - 18:00, 5 May at M&S HQ, London

Come along to our one day food business bootcamp to learn how to finance your business, how to create a plan and put it into action, what it takes to create a successful brand, how to pitch to retailers and more...


  • You've developed a great product, but you're not sure how to market it
  • You're listed in a few places, but think it's time to scale up
  • You want to hear from successful food entrepreneurs who've been there
  • You want to know what M&S buyers think of your product


  • A chance to pitch your product to M&S with the Small Producers Spotlight
  • A toolkit to help you jot down all your plans for the future
  • Networking with your fellow producers, our industry experts and M&S
  • Breakfast, lunch and tea time treats provided.


  • How business roadmaps are in and business plans are out
  • How to finance your food business
  • How to pitch your product with ease
  • What retailers are really looking for
  • How to keep your sales steady and sustainable
  • What to do to drive things forward after you've started up





Prices are exclusive of VAT

pitch to m&s buyers & win an M&S reward

Enter the Small Producers' Spotlight Competition to be in with a chance of pitching to M&S buyers. Five shortlisted applicants will get to pitch their product to an M&S panel, and one lucky producer will win an M&S Reward, ranging from getting listed in their stores to mentoring and advice towards becoming retail ready. All Food Business Bootcamp ticket holders are eligible to enter the Small Producers' Spotlight.

All you need to do is get your ticket, send us your samples and make a 30 second video of your pitch. We're not looking for anything fancy, we just want to see your personality shining through.

Not sure how to go about it? Filmmaker Steven Mayatt shares his tips on how to make a fantastic film just your iPhone in this video.

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Tickets are limited so avoid disappointment by getting your ticket now. tickets ARE only £125


Prices are exclusive of VAT

Learn how to nail your food business strategy with Philip as he takes you through the nuts and bolts of food business success. Learn how to articulate your foodie vision clearly and put the plans in place to execute it. Having started his career at Marks and Spencer, Philip is a commercial leader across sales and business development and has worked with Waitrose, Asda, Tesco & Harvey Nichols. 




Is export right for your business? Understand what establishing your brand in overseas markets can do for your business and how to identify opportunities that fit. Hear from Robert Gunn, Tastes of Angle and John Farrand, Guild of Fine Food.

On 14th December 2016, the regulations are changing for food nutrition declarations. Hear from Mike about how you can accurately display your nutritional information and save yourself from thousands in packaging and label printing errors by getting it right the first time.


Does your product have a unique nutritional claim? Hear how you can incorporate your claims into your food business strategy and make your brand stand out. Understand the impact of product claims on your sales and how you can reformulate your recipes to increase your sales potential without compromising on quality. Charlie helps food businesses add value and credibility to their brands and is experienced in devising nutrition strategies that get results.


It's tough managing your finances and all the bits and bobs that come with it. You know you ought to be better at your bookkeeping and forecasting, but somehow there isn't enough time in the day to get on top of everything. Learn how you can use technology to streamline and automate your accounts so you spend less time chasing invoices and balancing your books. Jennifer has spent 20 years as a Finance Director and set up Finling Associates to help entrepreneurs manage their money.


White Bear Studios are a branding agency based in Hackney passionate about taking food brands to the next level. Learn how to refine your brand identity and deliver powerful messages that both consumers and retailers love. Take part in this fast moving workshop that'll help you understand your market and how you can leverage your USP so you always stand out on the shelf.




Our design panel will help you build a powerful food brand that everyone wants to get to know. Get your questions answered by Tessa Stuart, Tussie Collier of Hurricane Design and Jayne Lily from The Collaborators. Understand what it takes to build a brand strategy and how you should be spending your budget to get results.

Having worked on groundbreaking projects with the likes of Tesco, the BBC and Pringles, Alison is the person to speak to about all things social media. Learn how to create a fuss free strategy that works, gets the results you need and doesn't take up all your time! Learn how you can use social media to get in front of retail buyers and into your customers' lives using the platforms that suit your brand. 


So, you've got an amazing product in some pretty amazing packaging. What next? Make sure everyone knows about your food brand by putting together communications that count. Clare is the founder of Monkhouse Food & Drink, a PR agency with a practical focus on communications.


Running a food business is all about having the balls to go out and get what you want. Hear from The Food Marketing Expert about how to grow your business by getting yourself out there and getting the listings and coverage you deserve. Vhari is a lifelong foodie, having worked with Rebel Kitchen, The Foraging Fox and Simply Good Food TV. Vhari is also a cofounder of Grub Club Cambridge, an award winning networking group for food businesses.


If anyone knows how to ace sales of food & drink, it's Marcus! Hear about what you need to be doing when planning your pricing strategy and the costs you need to consider before putting together your price lists. Understand your margins and make your price list sell for you. Marcus is the founder of the Artisan Food Club, a distribution company that helps new producers get to market.


Pitch to M&S

Our Food Business Bootcamp day ends with the Small Producers Spotlight. Enter the Small Producers Spotlight by 29th of April to be in the running to win an M&S Reward! Send us a 30 second video pitching your product and your samples to be one of five shortlisted producers to pitch to M&S on the day. We're looking for talented, tenacious producers who want to get their product out there! Only entrants will be considered on the day to pitch, so please make sure you apply.

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Tickets are limited so avoid disappointment by getting your ticket now. tickets ARE only £125


Prices are exclusive of VAT