Food: Stepping Into the Industry

The food industry is always something I’ve felt rather passionate about. I’ve preferred to buy from smaller, more independent brands who genuinely care about the ingredients and (most importantly) the final product.

 photo 15c16f2b-b748-45f9-bc38-f7a96dde8243_zps62fd85a6.jpgOne of my dreams is to set up a small company selling frozen pastes in individual portions. Curry paste, pesto, even pasta sauces – they’re great timesavers for busy people yet all too often I can never finish a jar. Homemade is far better and I’ve been making and freezing these things for a while now – and I’d love to share. This pipeline dream is likely to take a backseat for a while as my chosen career is far too time-consuming, but who knows where the future will take it?

 photo Young Entrepreneur Scheme Logo_zpsv655vgfl.jpgAnd if I do decide to go for it, I’ll definitely remember Cotswold Fayre and their Young Entrepreneur award. They are offering £1,000 in funding and on-going mentoring from company Founder, Paul Hargreaves to help progress the chosen business.  An amazing opportunity, not just for the funding but the knowledge you would gain.

 photo Chris Overly_zpsgvzp6din.jpgLast year’s winner, Chris Hannaway, co-founder of Overly said: “Winning this award has been great. As a business, we’ve managed to get a listing with Cotswold Fayre, the UK’s best wholesaler for farm shops and delicatessens. They really are a great team that are so helpful and supportive to new suppliers. On an individual note Paul’s advice has been great. He’s helped me to develop the way  think about the industry and has given me some great ideas as to how we can take the business forward.”

Applications are open until the end of June for 16-25 year olds, so if you have a dream to get a food or drink business off the ground its worth having a go – I think if I had more time I would be applying!

*Sponsored post, as always all opinions are my own.

Would you like to see recipes for some of the freezable sauces I make? What kind of food & drink company would you love to set up?

  • ReelCarina

    I love your little business idea with the little portions of homemade pasta sauce! Whenever I open a jar I’ll end up having the same meal for at least three or four days because I’d have to throw it away otherwhise. I’m sure this happens to a lot of people so you’re lovely idea might actually be really successful!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Maybe one day I’ll have the guts to give it a go! x

  • I can definitely never finish a jar on my own! Particularly not of curry pastes as I don’t like my food to be very spicy and so only use a teaspoon or two at a time. Since you asked…. 😛 if you know how to make your own Balti paste then I would be very interested to see a post on that! 🙂

    Becca x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I’ll definitely post a couple of recipes over the next few months! x

  • That’s a great idea, I can never finish a jar either! Especially living on your own or at uni – it means having the same pasta dish everyday for like a week! You should totally pursue this and this seems like a great opportunity!

    josievictoriaa / fashion, travel and lifestyle

    • ninegrandstudent

      Maybe one day I’ll give it a go – it’s definitely a dream I have for the future! x

  • Oh, I would definitely buy those from you! I rarely buy jars just because I struggle to finish them. This award sounds cool, and very helpful!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Will definitely have to give it a go one day! x