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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, Flour & Soul Bakery and Four Sisters distillery.

Put yourself in the mix by registering your interest.



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About Recipe4Success

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.

What will Recipe4Success cover?


Launch Event (1:00pm-2:15pm) - Kampus, Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL


Future Proofing your Food & Drink Business (9:30am-4:30pm) - thestudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN


Strategic Planning for Sustainable Growth - (9.30am-12.30pm) - thestudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN


Keeping it legal: regulation in food and drink - (09:30am-1:30pm) - thestudio, The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1FN


Boost your brand (09:30am-12:30pm) - Online


Digital Marketing (9:30am-1:30pm) - Online


Building a More Impactful Food & Drink Business (9:30am-12:30pm) - Online


Food Photography (9:30am-12:30pm)


Life’s a pitch: presenting yourself with confidence (9:30am-12:30pm) - Online


How resilience and effectiveness can help grow your business (9:30am-12:30pm)


Helping you to polish your pitch (9:30am-4:30pm)