Food Futures at Sheffield Food Festival 2018
1st Floor – Town Hall – Pinstone Street – Sheffield – S1 2HH

Are you a budding food and drink entrepreneur? Do you dream of running your own restaurant or cafe? Have you got an idea for a food or drink product you would like to bring to the masses? Or have you taken the first steps on your journey and are looking to take your business to the next level?

In the Town Hall from 11am until 6pm on Saturday 26th May, Food Futures at Sheffield Food Festival is a one day programme of talks, discussions, mentoring and advice aimed at new or developing food and drink businesses, and people who are considering starting up. The programme features a host of experienced industry professionals sharing their experience and knowledge with you, along with opportunities to discuss your own ideas or business challenges with them.

The Innovator Market will include exhibition stands from SCR Launchpad, the NMTF and Sheffield Hallam University, plus showcase trading pitches for innovative new local businesses.

Join us for the whole day, or drop in for particular sessions. You can reserve your FREE place at


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12:00 - 12:30 Markets, festivals, and fairs - the launchpad for your food business!
Brendan Dyson, Field Support Officer, NMTF

How do you get started trading on markets, festivals, and fairs? What do you need to consider before you even set out your stall or park your truck? Brendan Dyson from the NMTF, the only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers, and mobile caterers in the UK, can tell you more. #marketsmatter

SHU Sheffield Business School
12:30 - 13:00 Essential core values for running a successful restaurant
James Ellerby, Senior Lecturer, Hospitality Business Management, Sheffield Hallam University

Owning and running your own restaurant is a dream for many people, yet managing to achieve and maintain long-term success can be a challenge. James shares findings from his research identifying the core values that our most successful restaurateurs share.

University of Sheffield Enterprise
13:15 - 14:15 The Entrepreneurial Recipe: How to get started in the Food Business
Panel discussion produced by Darren Chouings, Evolve Start-up Business Coach at University of Sheffield Enterprise

Starting a business can be a daunting thing and working in the food industry can bring about even more challenges. The University of Sheffield proudly presents an in depth panel session on what it really takes to survive in the food business and where our speakers appetite for it all started.

William Chew / Mak Tok
Jerome Jacobs / Phrooti
Ted Ki Tae Kim / Diversitea
Yvonne O’ Donovan / The School of Artisan Food
Justin Rowntree / SweetSpot Hospitality Consultancy
Natalia Welch / Pura Panela

Sheffield Innovation Programme
14:30 - 15:00 Supporting Local SME Food Businesses
Ophelie Robertson, Research Fellow for the ERDF funded Sheffield Innovation Programme and Associate Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University

While running a food company is exciting and rewarding, small and medium businesses may suffer from a lack of resources to develop their products. Ophelie Robertson is a research fellow for the Sheffield City Region Innovation Programme and will present how this regional initiative supports SMEs around Sheffield to promote business growth through a range of academic and technical expertise.

Bhayani Law
15:00 - 15:30 Discover the 5 biggest employment & HR pitfalls that cost restaurant & pub owners time & money
Jay Bhayani, Bhayani Law

Jay Bhayani is the Managing Director of Bhayani Law, a team of employment law & HR specialists who support companies in the hospitality industry in Sheffield.

SCR Launchpad
15:45 - 18:00 Mentoring, Support and Advice - World Cafe
Introduction from Irshad Akhbar, Business Mentoring Manager at SCR Launchpad

An opportunity for you to discuss specific issues relating to your business or business idea with some of our experienced mentors and speakers, including:

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