Collaborative Food Hub

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Collaborative Food Hub

Kitchen Table Projects By Kitchen Table Projects

Kitchen Table Projects is a new approach to nurturing entrepreneurship. We want to launch an accelerator programme that enables food startups to grow in a collaborative and sustainable way.

Brixton Idea stage

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Our 90-day programme will help up to 30 artisan food startups kickstart their business. We will provide them with a fully-fitted retail platform and manage their sales, so they can grow their business in an affordable and manageable way. As well as selling their products on the High Street, food startups can access to a co-working space, industry-specific workshops and business support, a growing network of service providers and mentors and in-store measures to help them engage with their customers and understand their needs. At the end of the programme, our startups will be part of a Buyers Fair, enabling them to engage with local buyers of artisan food products such as independent grocers, delis and specialist food shops.

Following a successful pilot, we expect the programme to run quarterly, helping up to 120 food startups every year. 87% of businesses that use an incubator programme are still thriving after five years and we hope to achieve this within the food startup sector.

What we'll deliver:

  • We will transform an empty retail space into a buzzing food hub
  • We will transform up to 30 emerging artisan food startups into self-sustaining enterprises
  • We will create at least 6 new jobs and help 30 food startups take on their first recruit (total potential: 36 new jobs)
  • We will enable our food startups to sell their products on the High Street for the first time
  • We will help our food startups create products that their customers really want
  • We will send them their revenue every fortnight, so artisans can receive a regular income
  • We will make starting a food business affordable and achievable
  • We will help our startups get their products in local shops

Why it's a great idea:

More than 10,000 new food products launch every year and the artisan food sector (worth £5.7 billion) is expected to grow by 14% in the next few years. However, 1 in 10 food startups do not survive their first 18 months. We believe that food entrepreneurs should have the opportunity to do what they love. We believe that this inspires a positive impact on themselves, their work and their local community. .

We spoke to over 150 food entrepreneurs, industry experts and enthusiastic foodies to better understand the food startup sector. We found that many faced common barriers, particularly with developing a strong mentor network (78%) and accessing customer feedback. In addition, 3 out of 5 highlighted the importance of networking with fellow artisans, sharing advice and collaborating to succeed. Our research demonstrated how a food hub on the High Street is really needed.

Overall, 94% believed that the High Street would benefit from Kitchen Table Projects.

Steps to get it done:

  • We will open applications to join our programme to our flourishing foodie community and beyond
  • We will invite up to 30 successful applicants to join us and run business workshops for those who aren't quite ready
  • We will call upon our community of experts to run industry-specific talks and workshops
  • We will connect our startups with local service providers to help them
  • We will open an events and co-working space, to facilitate these relationships
  • We will collect customer feedback for our startups, so they know how to move forward
  • We will hold in-store tastings to showcase and trial new food products
  • We will host pop-up supper clubs, for chefs who want to trial their new ideas

We are a business with a social mission. We believe that by adopting a collaborative approach that pools our resources, we can have a broader positive impact that ripples through the community.

We have developed a strong local network, with strong links with the Lambeth Food Partnership, whose initiatives closely parallel our own, Transition Town Brixton, Impact Hub Brixton and the Hatch Incubator, run by One Planet Ventures. We believe that this network is an integral element to running a successful food startup accelerator programme.

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Location Brixton

Brixton has 16 other projects and £905,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Empty retail space

Council

Lambeth Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £22,119

Property rent - £10,000 (45%)
Programme Manager - £5,000 (23%)
Fit out - £2,000 (9%)
Utilities and Administration - £2,000 (9%)
Events - £1,000 (5%)
Other - £2,119 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

45%
Property rent
£10,000
23%
Programme Manager
£5,000
9%
Fit out
£2,000
9%
Utilities and Administration
£2,000
5%
Events
£1,000
10%
Other
£2,119
  • Transaction Fees
    £919
  • Spacehive fees
    £740
  • VAT
    £200

Total £22,119

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