10 August 2012, 15:28 PM
Learn from the Experts in the Small Business Forum

Generally speaking, artisan, regional and speciality food companies tend to be quite small. From the customer’s perspective, this is often seen as a benefit as they appreciate the personal thought and attention that goes into the business and its products. However, when it comes to the owner, it can mean less resource and expertise to help with expansion plans.

To help small or medium sized businesses and restaurants get ahead of the competition, the Speciality & Fine Food Fair Small Business Forum provides case studies, solutions and practical advice on a wide range of topics from a series of experts, such as how to tackle tricky business issues, key trends in food and drink, technicalities behind manufacture and processing, creating a striking window and store display, and understanding how to make social media both beneficial and successful. 

The seminars are free-of-charge and run on a first-come-first-served basis. This year, the Forum will play host to a hand picked selection of speakers, from food industry expert Jane Milton and MD of Cotswold Fayre Ltd Paul Hargreaves to Lisa Hewish, Food Techonolgist at Rogue Foodies Ltd.

For visitors looking for one-to-one advice, there is also the opportunity to book a session with these industry experts in the Business Mentoring Centre. The free-of-charge 30 minute sessions provide an opportunity to tackle business issues, whether they’re to do with marketing, finance, HR, online, social media, supplier relationships or logistics.