Starting

If you are ambitious, with an idea for a scalable business, I can help you to develop and investable business plan, find partners, get word out and start selling.

These are the key issues for most start-ups. Together can we take a look at how to best tailor my support and advice to your priorities:

The concept – developing new products and services, exploiting your IP

The brand – developing your brand and USPs, differentiating yourself from the competition, identifying the right channels to raise awareness

The business – creating a compelling value proposition and strategy, planning and developing an effective organisation, bringing scale to your business

Customers – finding, winning and growing profitable customers, increasing footfall, penetration and average spend

Sales – understanding what it costs to ‘play’, how to maximise sales and profit, finding the right  markets and channels

The team – building a high performance team

Funding and investment – attracting the right funding, getting your business investment ready

Daniel Edwards, Co-founder of  The Lido Cafe , Winner in the Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards 2011, said: “working with Monique has been really beneficial to us. It is helping us to manage ourselves better as a business, working towards becoming more mature and hopefully meeting our longer term aims (ie. making a profit and expansion)”.


12 Responses to Starting

  1. whiterabbitchocolate@hotmail.co.uk' Sally Hawkes says:

    At a crossroads with my business.Don’t know which road to take – stick with the brand I have built up since 2005, invest in bringing its image up to date and in an e-commerce facility, or dump the brand (mainly because of its unclear message) and relaunch with a new image under the name: Queen of Chocs. If you think you can help me through my decision-making in one of your 70 minute sessions please let me know.
    Many thanks

    • Monique says:

      Hello Sally, thanks for getting in touch! How did you hear about me? An initial consultation is just a 70 minute session … which means we can’t cover everything your business might need, but we can definitely hone in on your most pressing issues and how you can overcome them. I will e-mail you with my thoughts on the way forward. Best, Monique

  2. btp1000@hotmail.co.uk' Biju Thekkethala says:

    Hi Monique
    My name is Biju Thekkethala I would like to start a chicken curry paste business in UK.I will prepare the spices and make the curry paste myself in my kitchen. Customers just need a chicken. I will try two type of curry paste 1) Spicy 2) medium spicy. I believe there is a market.

    I am using my kitchen to make curry paste and I have spoken to the council in, UK and council staff inspect my home and check my kitchen and gave me licence to make the curry paste.

    I will try the local market first, church fair local trade fair etc.The entire supermarket is selling curry paste but not like our kerala style. I tried on my work place chicken curry sometime and they like it.
    I need more about what kind of packing materials I need and equipments.I need more help for process and cooling and keep in freezing details.

    Kind Regards

    Biju ThekkethaL

    United Kingdom

    0044-7886432195

    Btp1000@hotmail.co.uk

    • Monique says:

      Hello Biju, thank you for your note and getting in touch. I will reply to the email address above with my suggestions on how I may be able to help accelerate your plans. Best, Monique

  3. sorrentis6@hotmail.co.uk' Lorraine Blower says:

    Hi im thinking of starting an eatery somewhere different ihave lots of ideas for this and really think it could work with what i want to do, i have no funds only myself and hard work to make this work, so i think maybe i need to do a watertight business plan to take to the bank? i have no idea how to start ?? im not sure if you could help me but thought i would try thanks many regards Lorraine

  4. oscarricher@hotmail.com' Oscar says:

    Hi, Monique,

    me and my girlfriend have an idea for a vietnamese eatery in my local town, thinking a fixed premises or a food truck. i think at the moment this food is still niche and there isnt much Asian competition in the area. I just dont have any business experience and where to start. what services can i gain from you?

  5. annasurmer@gmail.com' Anastasia says:

    Hi Monique,
    I have two ideas in my mind
    1) I would like to cultivate herbs for medical purpose. Do you think it would be demanded on the UK market?
    2) I would like to use an ecosystem for protect a land at the same time.
    Could you please give me some advise what would be my first step.
    Kind Regards,
    Anastasia

    • Monique says:

      Hello Anastasia, thanks for your note. Interesting idea! Your first step without doubt is to start with the end in mind: what is bringing you to the table? Is this going to be a hobby, a lifestyle or scalable business? Then making sure your business idea(s) fit(s) into the category you want. The next steps are to research the market (size, growth, competition, trends) and to really understand what difference your product(s) will make to your target customers’ lives. Drop me a note via the website to me know how you get on. Good luck! Monique

  6. birdiebaker@nutritiousfoodcompany.com' Birdie Baker says:

    Dear Monique
    I am planning to open a deli. I am a chef and have cooked for 27 years. Worked as a head chef in Deli’s in Australia, New Zealand and London. Plus have had my own outside catering business and worked privately cooking for VIP’s in their homes.
    I am selling my flat and moving out of london and using some of the money to put into the deli. It would be wonderful if I could contact you for more advice.
    Kind reards
    Birdie

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