30 July 2015, 11:32 AM
  • Fledgling food and drink entrepreneurs are being offered the chance to enter a competition to win a coveted place on a business breakthrough programme
Compete for a £360K Investment

Six entries will be chosen to be part of the next Grocery Accelerator programme, each securing £60K investment and the chance to turn their emerging businesses into multi million pound successes.

Each business will go through a rigorous selection process before their final pitch at Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2015 (6th-8th September, Olympia London).

As well as investment, the winning businesses will also be part of a comprehensive six month support programme. This combines all of the core components that determine how to make it in the food and drink market including practical experience, commercial insight, inspirational meetings with successful business people and one-to-one mentoring.

The programme is led by a team with a proven track record in building substantial, and profitable, grocery and speciality brands in the UK food and drink market: Paddy Willis, co founder of Plum Baby; Simon Lacey, founder of Idea to Shelf Ltd and Rob Ward, creator of one of the largest fruit businesses in the UK.

Nick Brake, marketing director, of The Rutland Charcuterie Company Ltd said, “Being a Grocery Accelerator winner takes it all to another level – it will undoubtedly be the most important factor in the success of our business.”

James Dawson, partner of t plus drinks Ltd said, “Grocery Accelerator has been instrumental in helping us understand the FMCG market and enable us to accelerate our growth in a way we simply couldn’t have done alone.”

Paddy Willis of The Grocery Accelerator said, “As the UK’s leading showcase of innovation in fine food and drink, we could not think of a better setting than Speciality & Fine Food Fair, for our finalist’s final pitch. SFFF is always a hive of activity for new producers, so hopefully the energy and atmosphere will inspire them - which should make for a really great Dragon’s Den-style battle!”

Applications for The Grocery Accelerator close on August 16

groceryaccelerator.co.uk/apply

Watch The Grocery Accelerator video here

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