2–4 September 2018 • Olympia London • Trade Only

Scale Up

Building a business in the competitive food and drink market is a challenge; new for the 2017 edition, Scale Up provided a workshop environment for food & drink suppliers to gather impressive advice and practical solutions.

Everyday a different topic was the focus of the discussions, as the Fair played host to three roundtables. Each table explored the challenges of developing a business at 3 stages of its growth - from starting up, to scaling up, to going global.

The 2017 Scale Up Timetable:

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

John Stapleton

New Covent Garden Soup/ Little Dish

Dominic Gesua, Lickalix Claire Brumby, The Food Guide 
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 Food Business 

Case Study company 

Pritesh Mody

World of Zing


Sian Holt

Fudge Kitchen

Abiye Cole

Big Apple Hot Dogs

Roundtable Level 3: Going Global  Simon Waring, Managing Director, Green Seed Group

Darren Foley 

Brand & Design Consultant

Adrian Walsh

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

Case Study company


Mark Palmer

Cawston Press 

John Stapleton

New Covent Garden Soup/ Little Dish


What is a roundtable?

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

What is 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 in 2016, 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 has now closed for the 2017 event, but remember to sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about the timetable for 2018.

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