I met up with Dave Howard, Food Safety Manager in Leicester City Council in The Innovation Centre (DMU) he told me to pass Level 2 Food Hygiene course. He told me that it will cost around £25 and it's possible to do it online. https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/courses/food-hygiene-courses/level-2-food-hygiene-for-catering https://www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/food-hygiene/choose-level-2-version.aspx We also discussed about labelling and allergens information on cans, which should be in English language. I am going to send him price list and some pictures of products I am selling in the United Kingdom. I bought him black coffee and cappuccino for myself from the new cappuccino machine. I really like this new machine. It's costing 50p/drink only.
DMU Innovation Centre is improving, new sofas and now there are business books to read as well :) FREE WiFi is super-fast and professional.
Starting a new study about food...
Meeting up with Dave Howard for a coffee next week on Tuesday in The Innovation Centre at De Montfort University. Dave is Food Safety Team Manager in Leicester City Council.
Leicester Business Festival 2017 is coming back to life By Business for Business - 23rd October to 3rd November
Leicester Food Park, which aims to help local food and drink firms develop and grow was officially opened by Sir Peter Soulsby, the Mayor of Leicester City, Chamber Board Director James Bowie and Keith Vaz MP.
Leicester Food Park will attract new start-up businesses, provide space for existing food and drink businesses to grow, and create dozens of new jobs.
Its three steel-framed buildings – developed close to a business park off Lewisher Road – house nine high-quality units, ranging in size from 1,000 to 5,000 sq ft.
A number of tenants have already been welcomed to the site, including Alassala Ltd, a producer of Moroccan argan oil products, Colombian coffee merchant Shelton's Coffee, premium instant tea maker Royaltea and twin-tub sauce specialist Jibby Ltd.
The remaining units are all under offer and a waiting list is in operation.
Commissioned by Leicester City Council, the Food Park will be managed by the East Midlands Chamber.
Sir Peter said: “Smaller food and drink businesses have been waiting for a specialist facility like this for years so I am very pleased that we have been able to deliver this high-quality scheme.
“We want to cement Leicester’s position as a place where food and drink businesses can set up and thrive – and this significant investment will also ensure that dozens of new jobs are created in this part of north-east Leicester.
“I was delighted to officially open the park and welcome its first tenants.”
Chamber Chief executive George Cowcher added: “The food and drink sector has a strong capacity to grow and this fabulous new facility will play a key role in helping the sector to develop by giving start-up firms the opportunity to take on their own premises, and existing firms the ability to upscale.
“From an inward investment point of view, it also has the potential to attract firms from outside of the East Midlands to set up and do business in Leicester. I think the response from potential tenants and the fact we have filled the units so quickly shows just how much demand there is for a facility like this.”
The East Midlands Food and Drink Forum – a not-for-profit organisation that supports the local food industry – will be on-site, providing technical and business assistance to the Food Park tenants, while working with the council to support the wider food and drink sector across the city.
The project was financed with £3.4m from the European Regional Development Fund, with the city council contributing a further £2.4m
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months.
The stay is partly financed by the European Commission.
As a new entrepreneur, you will benefit from on-the-job training in a small or medium-sized enterprise in another Participating Country. This will ease the successful start of your business or strengthen your new enterprise. You can also benefit from access to new markets, international cooperation and potential possibilities for collaboration with business partners abroad.
As a host entrepreneur, you can benefit from fresh ideas from a motivated new entrepreneur on your business. He may have specialised skills or knowledge in an area you do not master, which could also complement yours. Most host entrepreneurs enjoyed the experience so much that they decide to host other new entrepreneurs afterwards.
It is really a win-win collaboration whereby both of you can also discover new European markets or business partners, different ways of doing business.
On the longer-term, you will benefit from wide networking opportunities, and, possibly, decide to continue your collaboration, possibly as long-term business partners (e.g. joint ventures, sub-contracting activities, contractor-supplier relationships, etc).
"Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs" is financed by the European Commission and operates across the Participating Countries with the help of the local contact points, competent in business support (e.g. Chambers of Commerce, start-up centres, incubators etc.). Their activities are coordinated at European level by the Support Office of the Programme.