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Hello & welcome
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.
Whilst bank funding is still hard to come by, particularly for small businesses, the picture for availability of capital has been improving. This is largely due to a number of new, non bank, entrants in the market including Crowdcube, Funding … Continue readingby Monique April 24, 2014
Many of us have trouble using our weekends well: chores, errands, inefficient email checking, unconsciously chosen TV marathons, chauffeuring children to and from their activities … This is the paradox of the weekend: You’ve got to commit to taking time … Continue readingby Monique February 27, 2014
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 2013 Use the break to reflect on where your food business is going. Revisit your business, or growth, plan. Review … Continue readingby Monique December 28, 2013
If you’re like me, the holiday season is a time to reconnect with friends and family, drink a few glasses of bubbly and somewhere in there slip away with a pot of tea and a great book. This season, one of my gifts … Continue readingby Monique December 23, 2013
The winter winds are always inspiring me to reflect on next year – and perhaps try something new. Once Christmas trading is done and dusted, the New Year is a particularly good time to sit down and plan. So, what does 2014 hold for … Continue readingby Monique December 2, 2013
You want to increase turnover and profit, but you’re too busy working for your food business to even think about how to do it, much less do it? For those of you who missed my talk on how to grow … Continue readingby Monique September 14, 2013
Products (and services) may come and go but brands, good ones that is, can endure and leave a lasting legacy. Product parity is rife in many markets, not least in food and drink. Even if you actually do make the … Continue readingby Monique August 19, 2013
What is the difference? Yes, popular products (and services) can become brands in themselves and brand names can refer to products … but there are some fundamental differences. Companies make products. Consumers make brands: products with low emotional involvement are easily … Continue readingby Monique August 8, 2013
How to get a foot in the door … Your product has to be great, that goes without saying, have shelf presence and be supported by a robust marketing plan. Tip #1 Do thorough market research Buyers will expect you … Continue readingby Monique July 4, 2013
Raising equity capital is challenging at best. If you can answer all the questions below it’s more likely that you’re ‘investor ready‘. The size and growth of your market And this includes the potential, as well as limitations, of your product(s). Your business plan … Continue readingby Monique May 21, 2013Next Page »