Food Business Course

Food Business Course

Food Business Course
Thursday 19 Apr 2018
Food Business Course

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm


Our next Food Business Course is coming up on 19th, 20th, 23rd April & 1st May 2018!

If you book your place and then refer a friend we offer £50 cashback* to you and your friend as well. For instalments and all the other options please contact us 020 7460 5050, or email us

You may be eligible for a 25% discount if you live in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (proof of address will be required). 

For details please contact us: email us or call us 020 74605050

See what our past attendees say about the course:

  • Do you want to learn how to increase your potential profits?
  • Are you keen to develop and grow your business in the coming years?
  • Do you want to reduce your costs?
  • Would you like to understand health & safety as well as employment legislation?

Experienced professionals, who have been in the business for decades, invite you to start or grow your own food/cafe business, avoid the mistakes that could be your downfall, save money and time creating the right systems and hire the best staff.

This course will teach you how to open, run and grow a successful operation and build your own Brand. #SYOR #SYOFB

Through our lectures, we will make you able to create a compelling vision and help you through the operational minefield. Provide management insights and help you create your dream become a reality.

The Course will be over 4 days details below:-

1st Day - Thursday 19th April

10:00am - 13:00pm

Intro To Food Industry   Lecturer - James Breslaw, Neds Noodle Bar

  •      Introduction session
  •      Overview of the market
  •      What does it take to succeed
  •      Adapting while in Business
  •      Branding


14:00pm - 17:00pm

Business Planning Lecturer - Maria Stammers, Portobello Business Centre

 Human Resources Lecturer – Eszter Szabo, Neds Noodle Bar 

  •     Recruiting staff
  •     Casual staff
  •     Rota plans
  •     Training


2nd Day -  Friday 20th April

10:00am - 12:30pm

Marketing & Social Media   Lecturer -  Eveleen Rooney, Westminster library,  David Taylor DNAsix, Colin Mordi The Food Sauce

  •      Market Research
  •      Market Overview
  •      Marketing and Social Media 
  •      Branding
  •      Creating Your Own Strategy
  •      Social Media & PR - The Food Sauce Platform


13:30pm - 16:30pm

Pricing and Purchasing Lecturer - Roberto Marroni, Neds Noodle Bar

  •     Pricing/cost of food and preparation
  •     Storage and purchasing
  •     Menu Strategy

 Visit to ‘Parlour Kensal’ to see a working kitchen - lecturer  Kirsten Pedersen


3rd Day - Monday 23rd April


10:00am - 13:00pm

Finance & Purchasing - Daniel Julia (Glass & Co) & Michael Stone (Jamieson Stone)

  •      Legal status how to decide what’s best
  •      Understanding Business Accounts
  •      P & L and Cashflow
  •      Getting to grips with VAT and TAX
  •      Purchasing Hard Goods

14:00pm - 17:00pm

Funding - Panel of Experts: Robert Foster (Red Οchre), Tanvir Ahmed –  (Santander - Traditional Banking),  Helen Mason (Your Credit Union and the Big Cheese)

  •     Crowdfunding
  •     Loan Schemes
  •     Traditional Funding


4th Day - Tuesday 1st May

10:00am - 13:00pm

Legal Requirements   Lecturer – Euan MacAuslan

  •      Health & Safety
  •      Licensing
  •      Food Safety



Routes to Market - Panel of Experts: Nigel Parsons (, Lou Scott (Scotties Coffee), Nick Kasic  (Market Manager Portobello Road).

  •      Pop Up
  •      Street Food, festivals
  •      Street Market
  •      Catering
  •      Restaurant/Café Premises

Also have a close up look at a Scotties Coffee van and sample the coffee!


The initial cost of the course is £450 including VAT. If you book your place and then refer a friend we offer £50 cashback* to you and your friend as well. For instalments and all the other options please contact us 020 7460 5050, or email us

 You may be eligible for a 25% discount if you live in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (proof of address will be required).  IF YOU LIVE IN RBKC, PLEASE CONTACT JENNI BEFORE BOOKING TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT CODE.  

All sessions will be held at Portobello Business Centre, Canalside House,383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA. However, the PBC reserves the right to make changes to lecturers or locations should the need require.

Here are some of the comments from previous participants

"Very amazing & helpful people. Friendly, Educational, Interesting. Many thanks for your kind support and beautiful hospitality. Very professional advice"  - Y. G.

"I would recommend PBC to anyone that have an idea & want to put forward. It is a great place with amazing people with great knowledge. I felt really comfortable to speak and exchange ideas." – G. A.

"I found the course very useful. The welcoming and friendly nature of all of the people involved has been incredibly striking. The knowledge shared was just what I needed and I have much more confidence in knowing where to start as well as knowing I will have support. Really well done." - A. J.

"Every session was beyond informative.  Every speaker went above and beyond for us all and knowing that we can contact them after the course is an added big bonus. I just wanted to say thank you for setting up such a professional course. It was worth every penny from the very first day. I would advise everyone thinking of stepping into the world of food to attend this course first!" – N. W.


"It was a great course" – F. M.

"Really enjoyable, informative & inspiring. Gained a lot of insight and positivity into the business and really want to say a big thank you to the PBC staff.Thank you so much, excellent course! Really enjoyed this very much awaited course. Very informative, the speakers were excellent especially Ned’s Noodle bar team. For their unconditional support advice!" - P.H.

“Extremely beneficial course, James and the other lecturers, were the best, excellent, this has helped us on our way.” A. F.


Refund Policy

Please note – once confirmed, 30 days notice is required for a full-refund or transfer to another course if available (last day is on Tuesday 20th March at 17:00pm).  No refunds, transfers or date changes will be made within the last 30 days of the course start date (the 30 days period starts on Tuesday 20th March at 17:01pm).  A £5 admin fee has been charged and is non-refundable.

* The referral fee will only be credited to your account following the first session of the course