Tags1-2-1 about me About you accelerating your learning artisan food producers become a better entrepreneur black diamonds boot camp brand exposure brilliant stuff bringing people together burn-out business development business finance business guidance business plan business planning Buyers' Walk buying cafe cafe concept can you afford to give up your day job? casgh flow charcuterie Charlie Richards chestnut brownies choosing a name clever ideas CMO consultancy create a powerful network creating a powerful network customer analysis customer engagement customer experience customer segmentation DairySOS Debbie & Andrew's delegating deli Easter easy contact favourite foodie finds 2011 feedback financial management focus group food business expert food business start-up boot camp food cost food producer food quality food retail food service food start-ups forecasting free from future of food get in touch getting business momentum glut cooking Good Taste Food GP% gross profit margin growth hanging garden have you got what it takes help help clients thrive in life help is at hand holistic how I can help you how to be Twitter savvy in-aisle research in-depth industry knowledge increasing footfall independent retailers independents inspring people instilling confidence jenny linford Key Performance Indicators la fromagerie latest business thinking le charcutier anglais lessons learned LinkedIn making connections Maltby Street market Marc-Frederic Berry mark-up market analysis marketing marketing strategy marketing tool market research maximising GP% maximising sales mentoring menu engineering mini garden my kitchen cupboard naming your business neal's yard dairy networking New Covent Garden Market olives omega operational support peas Perigord planning practical advice pricing produce profit improvement Qkies QR codes quick wins quince quince pies recipe recipes regular mentoring restaurant revenue forecasting risks & opprtunities analysis risotto rococo RRPs Rude Health Rupert Parsons Safer Food Better Business salad from the sky sales growth seasonal seasonal baking seasonal recipes selling price sharing your vision shopkeeping shoulder of lamb smart execution SMEs social media chart 2011 social media marketing sounding board spend per head Springwise start-up start-ups Stephanie Biteau store concepts strategy stress management Sudi Pigott supermarkets supply chain SWOT tailored solutions the big idea things I love Thomas Coles tools top tips for going it alone top tips for happiness Trine Lai truffles Twitter understanding customer needs unique selling point useful stuff USP what makes a good food shop wholesale prices why start-ups fail wild garlic Womersley Foods working together
Hello & welcome
Hi, I’m Monique.
I help entrepreneurs to start and grow their food businesses.
This website is one way I do that, with the others being consulting, mentoring and my forthcoming book.
I decided early on that I didn’t want to be the type of consultant who leaves behind a PowerPoint presentation which sits on the corner of a desk and gathers dust. That serves no-one, least of all you!
My goal is to give you the practical advice, tools and, perhaps most importantly, the confidence to manage your food business more effectively and more profitably.
I look forward to working with you!
In the meantime … what’s new?
The section below is where I, and guest writers, post topics, events and news that come onto my radar and which I think will be of interest to you. Do join the conversation: I love to hear your views and comments!
It’s updated frequently, so you’ll want to check back often or, even better, subscribe to the “News” rss feed.
Is it better to seek as much input as possible or keep your cards close to your chest? On the one hand, the more you share your business idea with others, the more feedback you’ll receive to help you refine your … Continue readingby Monique February 11, 2013
Quiet time can be a challenge for the always-on-the-go entrepreneur. Plan ahead to make the most of the down time to recharge your batteries and refocus. 1. Reflect on 2012 Use the break to reflect on where your food business is going. Revisit your business, or growth, plan. … Continue readingby Monique December 28, 2012
As an ambitious foodpreneur, you want a better 2013 for your business and for you. Better than you are now, better than the competition and better than you’ve been before! Here are some of the characteristics I come across in … Continue readingby Monique December 18, 2012
Most entrepreneurs I meet are conquerors, not empire builders. You need to be both! If you want your food business to succeed in the long term, you need to build solid business foundations: 1. recruiting the right people, inspiring commitment and … Continue readingby Monique August 21, 2012
Been busy writing your food business plan? Let’s make sure that you’ve covered all the ground … You as a person Do you fully understand your own personal objectives? Are you clear about your business objectives? Are you … Continue readingby Monique July 10, 2012
Before you start a business, you MUST carry out market research; it can be the difference between success and failure. Here’s how you find out more about your competitors, potential customers and – crucially – their reaction to your prices. What’s … Continue readingby Monique July 4, 2012
1. No real demand 2. No business plan 3. Lack of funds 4. Wrong attitude 5. Lack of advice 6. Growing too fast 7. No plan B or C or D 8. Inability to forecast or budget 9. Under pricing/over … Continue readingby Monique June 29, 2012
Would you ever consider setting off on a long, unfamiliar journey without your SatNav or road map and only a dribble of fuel in your tank? I’ve heard business planning being compared with going on a journey and I think it’s a … Continue readingby Monique June 29, 2012
Whilst you’re busy growing your food business, it can be all too easy to take your eye off your cash flow. A business owner relying on the online bank balance to determine available cash to pay bills is something I come … Continue readingby Monique May 9, 2012
For most entrepreneurs, the business name is one of the first things they think about when starting their venture. And rightly so, because it’s one of the most important decisions you will make. All great companies have a clear, memorable and appealing name, free … Continue readingby Monique April 13, 2012Next Page »