3–5 September 2017 • Olympia London • Trade Only

Scale Up

Building a business in the competitive food and drink market is a challenge; Scale Up provides a workshop environment where you can gather impressive advice and practical solutions with the aim of helping you overcome some of the everyday business hurdles.

Everyday a different topic will be the focus of the discussions, as Speciality & Fine Food Fair plays host to three roundtables. Each table will explore the challenges of developing a business at 3 stages of its growth - from starting up, to scaling up, to going global.

Sessions will last 45 minutes and we’d suggest you stay around afterwards to further pick the brains of fellow attendees!

Click here to book a seat at Scale Up

Sunday 3rd September - Manufacturing   Monday 4th September - Brand & Marketing Tuesday 5th September - Distribution Channels
  10:15 - 11:00 9:45 - 10:30 9:45 - 10:30
Roundtable Level: 1 Getting started

John Stapleton 

Food Entrepreneur & Business Growth Leader 

Rich Ford

Director of New Business, Sherlock Studio

Claire Brumby

Consultant & Mentor, The Food Guide 

Case Study company
New Covent Gardens soup/ Little Dish Lickalix Claire Brumby
Roundtable Level 2: Scaling up 

Lori Hoinkes

Managing Director, Fresh Montgomery, formerly of Maple Leaf Foods Ltd.

James Read 

Founder & Managing Director, Giant Peach 

Jane Milton 

Managing Director, Grow Your Own Food Business 

Case Study company  World of Zing Fudge Kitchen Big Apple Hot Dogs
Roundtable Level 3: Going Global  Simon Waring

Darren Foley 

Brand & Design Consultant

Adrian Walsh

Food & Drink Trade Specialist, Department for International Trade (DIT)

Case Study company Fudge Kitchen Cawston Press 
New Covent Gardens soup/ Little Dish


What is a roundtable?

A roundtable is an open discussion designed to dissect and hopefully solve(!) a key issue.
Each table will be led by an industry expert and also feature a 'case study' company who’ve already gone through the process.

What will be covered?

 Designed to suit your need(s), select where your business sits currently and join that table...

Roundtable Level 1: Getting Started
Ideal for companies dipping their toes into the food and drink industry for the first time explore the challenges and opportunities faced by other SMEs and learn from their experiences (and mistakes). 

Roundtable Level 2: Scaling Up
Growing your business shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice your integrity, discuss how best to expand whilst staying ‘speciality’. 

Roundtable Level 3: Going Global
Demand was up in every single one of the UK’s top export markets last year, so if you’re looking to take your burgeoning brand abroad, now’s the time! 

Who should attend?

Food & drink manufacturers and suppliers with an interest or involvement in the fast-paced world of food and drink – simply pick the level that is right for you and the day's topic that best suits your area of interest!

How do I get involved?

Booking for these sessions is now open; places are limited to 10 per table, per day - so get your booking in early! Click here to book a seat at Scale Up

You'll have to have your Speciality & Fine Food Fair badge to attend the Scale Up sessions, so if you haven't already register here.

Wonderful to obtain first class advice from experienced mentors who were able to offer objective directions on how best to progress my cheese-making project

Wark Samuelson, Proprietor, The Coach and Creamery