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Greater Manchester has a long history of creating innovative, exciting food and drink products, from Vimto and parma violet gin to the Manchester Egg and Eccles Cake. Outstanding food and drink produced in Greater Manchester is enjoyed by consumers across the UK.

We’re passionate about brilliant food and drink at the Hub, too. We’re looking for sparkling producers based in Greater Manchester who want help to grow their business. Our Recipe4Success programme is designed to do just that.   

Whether you’re a brewery, bakery, soft drink, ice cream or other producer, or a restaurant, deli or cafe looking to commercialise a great product – our Recipe4Success programme’s got something for you. 

Previous programme graduates include Didsbury Gin, Zymurgorium, Loaf Manchester, Four Sisters distillery (pictured), Spice Story (pictured), Africa Al’s (pictured), Sunset International Ltd - Crave (featured).

Put yourself in the mix by registering your interest. 

(to register your interest please complete the form at the bottom of the page)

About Recipe4Success

Recipe4Success is a comprehensive programme of support for Greater Manchester-based SME food and drink businesses with the aspiration to grow. 

Take your business to the next level with our tailored series of food and drink specific workshops and networking events designed to help you overcome barriers and succeed.

The programme culminates in an exciting opportunity to pitch your product to a panel of buyers, ranging from hyperlocal to nationwide chains. You will get the opportunity to practice your pitch and present to a number of industry experts (as well as your peers) for a critique, prior to submitting it to the buyers. 


*Eligibility and suitability criteria apply

  • Based within the 10 local authorities within Greater Manchester
  • Employ fewer than 250 people
  • Turnover less than €50m OR balance sheet (less than €43m)

"If you are a small food and drink business in the Greater Manchester area and get a chance to be a part of Recipe 4 Success program, don't miss it.

The best thing about the program is that it is fully funded and you get experts from the food and drink industry. R4S helped me with the retail side of the business and now, I am stocked up in 12 Farm shops in the Greater Manchester area. The programme also helped me with forming great connections with other Food and drink businesses which is helpful even today. The pitch to a national buyer session is the best to get feedback from industry experts.

I would highly recommend Recipe4Success to anyone with a food and drink business."

Rijul Shukla – Spice Story

Food & Drink Sector Support At GC Business Growth Hub

Recipe4Success is our comprehensive programme of support for Greater Manchester-based SME food and drink businesses looking to take their business to the next level.

We caught up with the programme lead, Marc Appleton, to find out more about Recipe4Success.


Cohort 9 dates

10.05.23 - 09:30 - 16:30

Food for thought – Develop your Strategy

16.05.23 - 09:30 - 13:30

Keeping it legal: Essential regulations for the Food & Drink Sector

24.05.23 - 09:30 - 13:30

Digital Marketing – Establishing your Presence

14.06.23 - 09:30 - 17:00

Winning Sales

Specialised masterclasses

The specialised masterclasses are due to start on 22 March for cohort 8, but are also available to people booking on cohort 9 to attend.

22.03.23 - 09:30 - 13:00

Future Trends & Sustainability

29.03.23 - 09:30 - 12:30

Boost your brand

05.04.23 - 09:30 - 12:30

Eco-Design and Sustainability

27.04.23 - 09:30 - 13:30

Stand out Food Photography


Polish your pitch – Maximise your potential

Register your interest