The Beginning of a New Chapter – Business Planning

So there I was…free as a bird. Stronger than ever.

I always had a passion for food, especially breakfast and brunches and German breads. Growing up in Germany, it was not difficult to fall in love with the breakfast culture. Over the years I had travelled a lot. I visited Uruguay for 6 weeks, then to Argentina, Spain, various cities across Europe, then to Australia for 3 weeks… So many new cultures, beautiful people, foods and traditions, all of which influenced my passion for Food and my upcoming food ventures.

I have had the idea of opening my own food business for about two years. But I was unsure when I should really go for it? When is the right time? I realised that I could always look for excuses not to do it right now! But I thought surely there will come a time, when it is too late! I did not want to wake up one day and regret I have not tried.

So I started my Business Plan about 1.5 years (on and off) before I actually left my permanent employment. Having returned from Australia in the beginning of 2014, I knew I had to do it. I have developed my concept on paper, I have done my research, I have assessed every possible competitor in town and I have saved up some money. I was ready.

I got out there and connected with people who shared similar ideas and passions and I came across some very exciting projects, which I got involved in.

Grow:Brixton – A mixed-used urban development made from shipping containers in the heart of Brixton. I am part of this project because I love the area I live in and I wanted to see Brixton grow and flourish. Thank you Mak and Will for welcoming me in the way you did. You definitely have the passion and dedication that will make any project a success.

Black Sheep Coffee  (Leave the herd behind) – A new coffee brand using Robusta beans as opposed to the more traditional Arabica bean. The brand was lunched by three entrepreneurs my age who also come from backgrounds in business. Thank you Max for having encouraged me to do what I want to do and having given me the chance to meet your team and get hand-on coffee-making experience.

Lambeth Food Partnership The Lambeth Food Partnership – I got a freelance job as Project Coordinator for the LFP and I will be involved in creating a more sustainable food culture in Lambeth. This is going to be super exciting for our borough.

I am partaking in CREATE – a programme to support food start-ups in the borough. What an amazing course, I can only recommend it to anyone who is looking to open their own food business in Lambeth.

Brixton Cornercopia  Start-Up Seminar – a neighbourhood restaurant, which has been running a successful business in the heart of the Brixton Village Market for five years now, has launched a seminar and one-on-one consultation for women who want to open their own food business. What a fantastic way to share your expertise. Thank you Cornercopia!

All of this illustrates that if you really want something, there are people who want to help you. And this is only the beginning of my journey…

 

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