Take your food business to where it deserves to be
If you're ready to either...
Turn your food idea into reality,
Ramp up from your fantastic start, or
Accelerate to £1m and beyond
...I can help you!
Grab a coffee and let's talk about growing your business!
- What are the main challenges you're facing?
- Where do you want to take the business?
- What does success look like for you?
- I'll tell you how I think I can help and/or introduce you to relevant people in my network
Business Start Up
You have an amazing food grocery business idea but you don't know how to bring it to market. You are ready to launch your wonderful product but want to fast track the learning curve and tap into my expertise & network to save you time and money.
How to do a 10-min pitch!
Your brand is already out there and gaining traction in the local and independent market. You are ready for the big time, selling online and offline. You're not sure how to scale, get a retail listing or create the right presentation for investors.
Ready To Accelerate!
Congratulations! Your brand is doing well and you've survived the early challenges. You are ready to accelerate that growth curve. Compound those sources of growth and build sales in the listings you already have, develop new routes to market, or launch additional ranges.
Through my career, I have been a retail buyer with Tesco/Boots and then crossed the table and worked as Commercial Director covering products as diverse as Christmas puddings to ready meals and sushi. I had an exciting career, launching many successful products and brands, growing categories and creating profitable sales.
Now I use that experience to help food businesses whether start ups or established businesses to overcome their commercial challenges and achieve the profitable growth that they deserve. I have written the Amazon bestseller “Recipe to Success – the ingredients of a profitable food business” which was shortlisted for Business Books awards 2018.
I deliver workshops on sales and marketing for a variety of organisations including Virgin Start up, Enterprise nation and others. I speak at various events such as IFE, Speciality Fine Foods Show Food and Bread and Jam. I am also asked by the media for expert opinions on food retail issues, including the Grocer and LBC Business Hour.
I am also lucky enough to be a judge for Great Taste Awards, Grocer Own Label awards and Quality food awards and am a volunteer business mentor for Virgin Start up.
"I’ve been working with Karen for just over a year now and in that time my business has grown exponentially. Karen helped me assess the strengths and weaknesses of my business and then come up with a plan to capitalise on the strengths in order to achieve my goals. With Karen’s knowledge and guidance, within a year we have built a SALSA-approved factory, scaled up production, maximised profits and tripled our turnover. Through her own experience Karen has been invaluable in moving my business forward, by helping me realise my vision and the necessary steps to achieve it.”
"I first met Karen whilst she was mentoring Ks Wors and by watching her involvement and her passion concerning the food world I knew instantly that one day i'd want to work with her. Over the last few months, Karen has made me think outside the box with my business. She holds me accountable and her attention to detail is reassuring. I believe that what she doesn't know about the food industry isn't worth knowing and can't work to continue working with her and to see how Vic's Kitchen evolves."
"Karen’s real strength had been in helping to cut through the noise and offering sound, tested strategies and relevant contacts to get things done far more quickly than I would ever have managed on my own. She keeps me on track, acts as a sounding board, and offers practical support; however it’s her wealth of industry experience and ease of interaction that has made our collaboration so fruitful and enjoyable. I can’t recommend her Food Mentor services and programmes highly enough!"
Food safety and brand protection
“Karen was a speaker for our Future Food Conference, and provides a great energy when presenting. Karen keeps the topics interesting, the content relatable and the audience laughing.Karen's Food Mentor presentation style is informal, engaging and fun.”
"Karen has been a great mentor for me. She has helped me to realise how many unknown unknowns there are with launching a food business and helped me navigate through potential problems. Karen has kept me focused, saved me money and I have met some great people through her. All of which have helped me build my business. I look forward to working with Karen in the future."”
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In a Recipe For Success, Karen shares her business stories, advice and exercises to guide readers through the maze of creating a profitable and growing a product manufacturing business.
Recipe for Success provides a step-by-step guide that enables readers to create high profile food / non food brands that can make and sell products successfully.Buy Now