Growing food businesses

Monique-Borst-head-shot.jpgHi, 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.

If you’d like to talk about how I can help your business, get in touch or take a look at the consulting and mentoring services I currently have available.

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.


Alternative finance for growth

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 reading

by Monique April 24, 2014

Winning at the weekend: good weekends need a plan

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 reading

by Monique February 27, 2014

How to make the most of the holiday down time

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 reading

by Monique December 28, 2013

Holiday reading: business books for some out-of-the-box thinking

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 reading

by Monique December 23, 2013

A fresh start

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 reading

by Monique December 2, 2013

How To Grow Your Food Business – key notes from my talk at Speciality Fine Food Fair 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 reading

by Monique September 14, 2013

Making a product or building a brand?

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 reading

by Monique August 19, 2013

Brand or Product?

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 reading

by Monique August 8, 2013

Pitching to food halls & supermarkets: how to wow the retailers …

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 reading

by Monique July 4, 2013

Are you investor ready?

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 reading

by Monique May 21, 2013Next Page »