Starting a restaurant / cafe

Starting a Restaurant / Café

In News & Stories by Sheela Sharma

For new or existing businesses: stay tuned for the new dates. Our next Food Business Course will be announced soon.

For details or to add your name to our waiting list, please contact us: email, call 020 7460 5050, or fill-in this Contact Form.

See what our past attendees have said about the course below.

  • 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 learn how to start or grow your own food / café business, avoid the mistakes that could be your downfall, save money and time creating the right systems, and how to hire the best staff.

This course will teach you how to open, run, and grow a successful operation and build your own brand.

Our lectures will enable you to create a compelling vision and help you through the operational minefield. They will also provide management insights and help your dream to become a reality.

The usual programme of the course covers:

Intro To Food Industry

  • Introduction session
  • Overview of the market
  • What does it take to succeed

Routes to Market

  • Pop-up
  • Street Food, festivals
  • Street market
  • Catering
  • Restaurant / café premises


  • Legal status: how to decide what’s best
  • Understanding business accounts
  • P&L and Cashflow
  • Getting to grips with VAT and TAX

Business Planning

  • Business Planning
  • Cashflow

Market Research

  • Market Research

Legal Requirements

  • Health & Safety
  • Licensing
  • Food Safety

Funding – Panel of Experts

  • Crowdfunding
  • Loan schemes
  • Traditional funding

Pricing and Purchasing

  • Pricing / cost of food and preparation
  • Kitchen strategy
  • Storage and purchasing

Intellectual Property

  • Protecting your brand
  • Intellectual property

Guest Speakers

  • Branding
  • New product development
  • Challenges of starting a food business
  • Useful tools

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

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 has an idea & wants 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.”


“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!”


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

A. F.

If you have any queries, please call 020 7460 5050 or email us.