Do you know any fledgling food businesses that want a boost?
The Good Food Boost is an eight-week mentoring programme to provide support and guidance from leading mentors to give good food businesses a boost.
This year the Sustainable Business Network has partnered with Wellington City Council to bring the Good Food Boost to Wellington for the first time.
It has previously been run by SBN for three years in Auckland together with Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED).
Congratulations to the winners of the Wellington Good Food Boost!
The winners are:
· Pomegranate Kitchen: Middle Eastern food prepared for catering and lunch delivery by cooks from a refugee background
· The Drunken Nanny: Lush fresh soft goats cheeses farmed in the Wairarapa
· Baker Gramercy: Handcrafted fermented breads made from local grains, and artisian pastries
· Ritual Tea: A range of hand-blended local, organic and Fairtrade leaf teas
What winners receive:
- Four mentoring sessions from experts in food and business development during September and October 2017. This will give the winners tips and inspiration on how to develop a tasty product that looks good, sells well and endures the test of time.
- Strategy session with the FoodBowl or NZ Food Innovation Network’s FOODPILOT project.
- One on one business development session with Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency.
Financial support and advice are not included.
Winners last year said:
“The Good Food Boost programme helped us a lot as a new business. It forced us to face up to decisions early on and really think about our direction. The mentors were really easy to talk to and have ongoing relationships with.”
“It was with great delight I found out I was accepted into the Good Food Boost mentoring programme. However it exceeded any expectations I had about what the course would entail. I learned so much about my business, myself, my product.”
“The mentor programme allowed us to define what the key areas of our business are, focus on the areas where we needed guidance and move forward with achieving those goals. The insight from the mentors and the passion that they showed us was inspirational. The experience brought us to a new level in such a short time.”
The Wellington 2017 judges are:
- Sarah Meikle (Wellington Culinary Events Trust)
- Jo Madden (NZ Food Innovation Network)
- Sarah Adams (Wellington City Council Urban Agriculture)
- Matt Morrison (All Good Organics and Karma Cola)
The Wellington 2017 mentors are:
- Kathryn Robinson (The Assignment Group)
- Teva Stewart (CommonSense Organics)
- Richard Shirtcliffe (Coffee Supreme)
- Shepherd Elliott (Ti Kouka and Shepherd restaurants)
For further information please contact:
- Sarah Adams, Community & Neighbourhood Advisor, Wellington City Council, Sarah.Adams@wcc.govt.nz, 021 227 8361
- Laurie Foon, Wellington Regional Manager, Sustainable Business Network, email@example.com, 021 741 515
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