Nick Kilby, TeaPigs

Co-Found and Tea Evangelist

Nick’s entrepreneurial light-bulb moment was when he was working for a major tea company and realised that mass produced tea lacked the quality of natural whole leaf and whole fruit tea. So in 2006, along with tea-taster co-founder Louise, Teapigs was born.

Their ‘tea temples’ now sell in 35 countries, they have offices in London and New York and sales top £10million. Let’s raise a cuppa to that.

Speaking At:

The Trouble with Starting a Food Business that Succeeds

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

Ryan Kohn, Propercorn

Co-Founder

Since launching Propercorn in 2013 Ryan has built his ‘posh popcorn’ brand into one of the UK’s fastest-growing snacks. With distribution in all the UK multiples and in 10 countries around the world, last year they turned over £10 million.

He now employs 40 staff, including an ex-Innocent commercial director. He isn’t however resting on his laurels and plans to make Propercorn the number 1 global snack brand.

 

Speaking At:

Pop it Like it's Hot! Pioneering Category Revival

Leaders' Lectures - Sunday 13th November

 

 

Marisa Leaf, Hubbub

Founder & co-CEO

Marisa founded her online platform Hubbub in 2008 with a mission to deliver artisan foods to busy customers directly from specialist delis, butchers, bakers and fishmongers. Hubbub has brilliantly combined the convenience of shopping at a supermarket with the quality, variety and provenance found in these specialist shops.  

Fast forward to today and Marisa is now working with hundreds of independent stores, selling 15,000 products and operating a fleet of delivery vans servicing homes across London. Prior to founding Hubbub Marisa worked as a human rights lawyer and studied jurisprudence at Oxford University.

Speaking At:

Business Modelling for the Modern Foodpreneur

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

Anna Mackenzie, Cuckoo Foods

Co-Founder & Director

Straight out of University Anna co-founded Cuckoo with a mission to shake up the way we eat breakfast. Her answer was to create five innovative flavour combinations for on-the-go Bircher muesli that were ideal for busy people.

After just 3 years of trading Cuckoo products can be found in Selfridges, Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose and at hundreds of independents across the country.

 

Johnny Martin

Johnny is an experienced Finance Director who now passionately demystifies business numbers and jargon for entrepreneurs and corporate teams.  He is a mentor for the Royal College of Art Innovation Unit and a regular speaker for Startup Britain. He is a British Library Business Partner where he runs the popular  “Get Cash Flow Confident"  workshop.  His events have previously been awarded High Impact status by Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Speaking At:

Forecasting For Food: What You Need To Know & What Investors What To See

Startup Studios - Sunday 13th November

Pippa Murray, Pip & Nut

Founder

In 2014 Pippa handed in her resignation after winning an ‘Escape the City’ competition to live in a shed. Maybe not the most auspicious place to start but she took full advantage, raising £120,000 from Crowdcube in just 9 days and launching Pip & Nut.

Her naturally nutritious nut butters turned over more than £600,000 in the first year of sales. This figure is expected to hit £3.3 million in 2016 and her range is now found in more than 2300 stores nationwide, including M&S, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Selfridges and Wholefoods.

Speaking At:

Brand Identity

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

Tom Newton, Graze

Co-Founder

Tom is one of the brains behind Graze’s meteoric rise to become the UK’s fastest growing companies. As a co-founder he has seen sales of their snack subscription boxes top £70 million last year and more recently their conquering of the US market where they gained 100,000 customers within just 3 months. With a background in design and branding in Tom joined forces with 6 other friends in 2008, including LoveFilm’s co-founder Graham Bosher, to develop a ‘fresh food in the post’ concept.

 

Speaking At:

Brand Identity

Shoptalk - Saturday 12th November

 

Emma Macdonald, Bay Tree Company

Founder

Emma spotted a gap in the market for small-batch chutneys and capitalised on this by launching the Bay Tree Food Company in 1994. Having started by making the products in her kitchen in Somerset she now employs 75 staff and recorded £7.5 million worth of sales last year.

 

Speaking At:

The trouble with starting a food business that succeeds

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November

 

Chris Ormrod, Ministry of Cake

Managing Director

In 2005 Chris bought W T Maynard & Son with one thing on his mind - to make himself Prime Minister. Renaming the business the Ministry of Cake his ambition was realised. He also grew the business fourfold, and now riegns over 280 employees and makes three million slices of cake a week.

Speaking At:

Come Fly With Me: Lucrative Routes to Market

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November 

 

Duncan O'Brien, Dalston Cola

Founder

Duncan is the Founder behind Dalston Cola which sold 230,000 bottles last year. They make three products: the Dalston Cola, the Raw Fiyah ginger beer, and the real lemonade. Duncan has around 140 customers, which includes Quality Chop House, Ozone Coffee and Dalston Superstore. Peyton and Byrne was a bit of a coup – we’re now sold across the whole group.

speaking At: 

Ka-Ching! Seed Funding for Your Food Business

Shoptalk - Sunday 13th November