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, Flour & Soul Bakery and Four Sisters distillery.
Put yourself in the mix by registering your interest.
REGISTRATIONS TO THE PROGRAMME ARE NOW CLOSED
Recipe4Success is a comprehensive programme of support for Greater Manchester-based SME food and drink businesses* (pre-start and early stage businesses - 0-3 years) 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
“I would definitely recommend anyone starting a small food or drink business attend the Recipe 4 Success workshops.
Having access to a number of knowledgeable folks all through the same course just makes life easy when you have so many things to think about.
R4S really helped us to focus on the areas that were important to us and the experts guided us to achieve maximum impact in a shorter period of time.
Thanks to R4S, we have been able to start our business on the right track and have built strong foundations for our operations, sales and safety."Dan Wright - Hideaway Brewing Co.
Launch Event (1:00pm-2:15pm) - Kampus, Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL
As part of the Festival of Enterprise we will be hosting the Recipe4Success launch event and this will be an opportunity to find out more about the programme, the potential to meet some of the experts and network with like-minded businesses.
Register to attend here Festival of Enterprise | GC Business Growth Hub
Future Proofing your Food & Drink Business (9:30am-4:30pm) - thestudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
Helping you to get into a “futures” mindset to help generate sustainable growth and resilience planning. Exploring various techniques to better prepare your business for the future in order to grow and prosper.
Strategic Planning for Sustainable Growth - (9.30am-12.30pm) - thestudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
EY will be facilitating a workshop focused on your Customer strategy which will enable you to identify the enablers for growth and develop a road map to accelerate your business.
Utilising the EY 7 Drivers of Growth framework, Ernst & Young will run a 3 hour facilitated workshop, working alongside Business Growth Hub Advisors to share insights around what they are seeing other market leading organisations doing to achieve sustainable growth. This Customer strategy session will cover customer experience, products markets and channels, marketing, sales and pricing. As this is a group session you will also be able to share your thoughts and ideas with your peers. You will finish this workshop with a clear action plan to deliver on your strategic goals.
What’s in it for me?
Listen to the value Elan Raja, CEO of SCAN Computers feels himself and his leadership gained from EY facilitating a 7 Drivers of Growth strategic session.
Keeping it legal: regulation in food and drink - (09:30am-1:30pm) - thestudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN
Essential information to ensure you are compliant with the laws and regulations around food safety and labelling is a crucial early step to ensure the success of your business. This session will be delivered by expert environmental health officers. They will help you understand what to expect when they inspect, provide tips and advice and ultimately help you ensure your products are safe for your customers.
We will also cover guidance on allergens and what needs to be included if you are looking to export your products.
Boost your brand (09:30am-12:30pm) - Online
Branding is a core part of business growth - developing a brand strategy can help you stand out from your competitors and help influence your target market to buy from you. Learn the art of storytelling, consumer psychology and how to bring your brand to life.
Digital Marketing (9:30am-1:30pm) - Online
Marketing is about building relationships with your potential and existing clients before you can make a sale.
In this session you will learn how to get the attention of your audience through developing a clear and streamlined strategy that you can implement, utilising both offline and online channels of communication. You will master the technicalities of keyword research and Search Engine Optimisation and social media, so you leave feeling confident and clear on how to promote your business in a way that is achievable and doesn’t drain all your time and money.
Building a More Impactful Food & Drink Business (9:30am-12:30pm) - Online
A workshop for Food and Drink companies looking to understand how they can be more impactful now, in the near future and as well in the long-term. We’ll look to the B Corp framework to introduce and understand better the mindset as well as each of the pillars: Workers, Customers, Suppliers, Community and Environment.
Food Photography (9:30am-12:30pm)
Come along to this comprehensive food photography session and learn how to make your photographs standout from the crowd, just by using your phone. This session will be tailored specifically to shooting food and drink without professional equipment and in a natural environment. Harness the full power of your phone and find out just how accessible beautiful food photography can be (even without a DSLR!).
Life’s a pitch: presenting yourself with confidence (9:30am-12:30pm) - Online
Replace with The ability to present is one of the first and most important skills that anybody involved in business must master. They are important in persuading people to buy. By the end of the workshop you will be able to create and deliver better pitches, particularly in sales situations and will have developed an outline pitch.
How resilience and effectiveness can help grow your business (9:30am-12:30pm)
This virtual workshop is about coping with running a business in a post Covid world and building a better business by improving personal effectiveness.
Helping you to polish your pitch (9:30am-4:30pm)
An opportunity to share your pitch with your peers and a number of experts/advisors. Based on this feedback, you will then be in a position to pitch your products(s) to buyers face-to-face.