Some of Manchester’s most innovative and creative food and drink businesses will be sharing insights, advice and their ‘tips of the trade’ at a free seminar being hosted at Manchester’s Central Library on October 3rd at 6pm.
Called Recipe for Success the free event, being hosted in Central Library’s performance space, will feature Jason Bailey from celebrated street food promoters GRUB; Jim Morgan from the world-famous Rudy’s Pizza in Ancoats; Dave Rigby from the award-winning gin distillery Manchester Three Rivers; and Andy Young and Oliver Lloyd-Taylor from the rapidly expanding cereal and milk bar business, Black Milk.
A collaboration between Central Library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC), and Manchester Food & Drink Festival, Recipe for Success is designed to help, inspire and support food and drink enthusiasts who are interested in turning their passion into a business.
The event will see the panel discussing the lessons they have learned in setting up their own businesses, some of the specific the challenges and pitfalls you can face in the food and drink sector, and what opportunities they see ahead for both themselves and for Manchester’s evolving food and beverage industry.
They will also be quizzed about dealing with critics, the role of social media and PR to help establish a brand, and what benefits or barriers being based in Manchester brings to a fledgling food and drink business.
This year’s Recipe for Success follows on from a similar event first held at Central Library two years ago. Hosted by Richard Bond, a director at SKV Communications and a trustee of the Central Library Development Trust charity, the evening featured top Manchester chef Mary-Ellen McTague, Tampopo founder Dave Fox and Tomas Maunier, director of the Fazenda restaurant group.
Richard, who is himself a keen home cook and a former wine merchant, will be hosting again this year. He said: “It was a real pleasure to host the first Recipe for Success in 2015 and everyone who took part, and those who attended, had a really engaging and rewarding night out.
“However, since then Manchester’s eating and drinking landscape has expanded rapidly, and in many different directions, and all our panellists this year have played a key part in driving the thriving and diverse food and drink scene we all enjoy today.
“It promises to be a fascinating night for anyone with an interest in starting or growing their own food or beverage company, and for people who are simply curious about what goes on behind the scenes in the world of restaurants, cafes, distilleries and street food.”
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, said: “Recipe for Success brings some of Greater Manchester’s most innovative food and drink businesses together, to help inspire other budding food and drink entrepreneurs.
“Central Library’s Business and IP Centre is the city’s hub for connecting local people with business opportunities, fresh ideas and expert guidance. Our team have worked hard to put this event together and will be on hand to talk to anyone who is interested in taking the next steps towards starting their own business.”