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1. The food and drink business growth programme

The food and drink business growth programme is for any Ealing based businesses producing food or drink products (including dark kitchens) that have been trading more than two years.

The council, in partnership with Jane Milton, has a separate programme for hospitality businesses – cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, takeaway and street food businesses. Please see the other column on this page for the details and how to apply.

Stage one

  • One-to-one bespoke online discussion with industry expert Jane Milton about your business.
  • Focussed, tailored look at where you are now and where you want to be in three years.
  • Identify and address your obstacles with advice and connections you can action immediately.

12 businesses will be selected to participate in stage two, where they can receive more in-depth help.
The selection will be made with consideration to several factors including:

  • How businesses have been affected by the pandemic and Brexit
  • Food categories, creating a diverse mix of businesses
  • Supply models
  • The impact we think the programme can have on each business

Stage two

  • 20-minute test highlighting your key strengths and the drivers that shape your thoughts and actions. We will ask you to share your results with us together with a little bit about what you learned about yourself from the test.
  • Four 2.5-hour workshops to help in shaping your business growth strategy and learn to you use your own time effectively. We will share best practice on finding and retaining staff and help you with business planning so you can optimise your Return on Investment (ROI). Ensuring you have all your key business figures to track and grow your business. We will also consider diversity in your team and cultural sensitivity in food. You will learn how to use search engine optimisation (SEO) and content planning for social media and to assist you in marketing your business.
  • A final one-to-one online session to discuss your completed business growth strategy and ensure you have all you need to move forward successfully.

Considering the changes that many businesses had to adapt to in the last few years, you have the opportunity to draw a line, move forward and work on what you want your businesses to be.

Ealing Council is committed to supporting businesses in the borough to grow, offer good jobs, support equality and improve sustainability. The council has partnered with Jane Milton to help 25 food and drink businesses in Ealing create a clear business strategy, refocus on what they want to achieve, identify immediate and future opportunities. There is no charge for businesses participating in this.

We understand all businesses are tightly resourced so we value your time and want you to get a strong return.

Much of this programme is delivered live online, so you can be straight back to your business after it.

It is key too, that you put everything you learn into practice each week, so you start to benefit immediately. At the end of the programme you will have created and implemented your own business growth strategy.

It only takes five minutes to apply but could really change your business for the next three years

2. The hospitality business growth programme

The hospitality business growth programme is for any Ealing Borough based cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, takeaways, and street food businesses that have been trading for more than 2 years.

The council, in partnership with Jane Milton, has a separate programme for businesses producing food or drink products (including dark kitchens) – see the other column on this page.

Stage one

  • One-to-one bespoke online discussion with industry expert Jane Milton about your business.
  • Focussed, tailored look at where you are now and where you want to be in three years.
  • Identify and address your obstacles with advice and connections you can action immediately.

12 businesses will be selected to participate in stage two, where they can receive more in-depth help.
The selection will be made with consideration to several factors including:

  • How businesses have been affected by the pandemic and Brexit.
  • Types of business, creating a diverse mix within the group.
  • Supply chains, procurement and sustainability issues.
  • The impact we think the programme can have on each business.

 

Stage two

    • 20-minute test highlighting your key strengths and the drivers that shape your thoughts and actions. We will ask you to share your results with us together with a little bit about what you learned about yourself from the test.
    • Four 2.5-hour workshops to help in shaping your business growth strategy and learn to you use your own time effectively. We will share best practice on finding and retaining staff and help you with business planning so you can optimise your Return on Investment (ROI). Ensuring you have all your key business figures to track and grow your business. We will also consider diversity in your team and cultural sensitivity in food. You will learn how to use search engine optimisation (SEO) and content planning for social media and to assist you in marketing your business.
    • A final one-to-one online session to discuss your completed business growth strategy and ensure you have all you need to move forward successfully.

Considering the changes that many businesses had to adapt to in the last few years, you have the opportunity to draw a line, move forward and work on what you want your businesses to be.

Ealing Council is committed to supporting businesses in the borough to grow, offer good jobs, support equality and improve sustainability. The council has partnered with Jane Milton to help 25 food and drink businesses in Ealing create a clear business strategy, refocus on what they want to achieve, identify immediate and future opportunities. There is no charge for businesses participating in this.

We understand all businesses are tightly resourced so we value your time and want you to get a strong return.

Much of this programme is delivered live online, so you can be straight back to your business after it.

It is key too, that you put everything you learn into practice each week, so you start to benefit immediately. At the end of the programme you will have created and implemented your own business growth strategy.

It only takes five minutes to apply but could really change your business for the next three years

INSTRUCTIONS

  • 1. Download the form and fill it in
  • 2. Send it back to businessgrowth@janemilton.com
  • 3. You will receive a notification that we have it (please check your spam folder)
  • 4. We will be in touch directly with you.

Please complete a short equality and diversity questionnaire

Why are we asking for this information?

We want to ensure the best possible service for everyone and your information will help show us if we can improve the way we work. All of the questions are voluntary and completing or not completing them will not affect the success of your application for this programme in any way.

The information you provide is completely confidential and is being collected separately so it cannot be attributed to any one person or application. Only group results will be reported on.

What happens to this questionnaire after I have filled it in?

The information will be used to check that Ealing Council is working fairly with everyone and to find out if we need to improve our service to any groups. For example, we may find that policies need to be changed to take into account the needs of different groups.

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Let Me introduce You to Giles Christopher ,Food, Drink & Hospitality Photographer
byJane Milton

Let me Introduce You to Giles Christopher, the food, drink and hospitality photographer

 

Giles and I met many years ago through his wife and business partner Abi, and since then we have all worked on a lot of jobs together and have spent a lot of time together socially chatting about business and life.

 

He got some great advice from his Dad about offering to do things nobody else likes to do at work and making himself a valuable team member and sound found he had multiple job offers …

 

He’s run his own business for over 20 years and we talk about how basic business skills should be part of the curriculum for everyone nowadays

 

He shares about the prep that goes into shoots and how technology has changed the job so much and how much time photographers now spend in post production too. And about the sheer weight of kit that he takes to ‘location’ shoots too.

 

Giles loves tech and is always pushing himself to learn new ways of doing things , or master new equipment and he also talks about keeping up with and ahead of that if you can

 

A really interesting insight into all that food and drink photography involves, and some great tips for podcasts and business blogs to watch out for too.

 

I’m really pleased we managed to book Giles for a chat in this last episode of series 3…

 

Let me introduce you to Giles Christopher


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