In our third talk, we’re bringing together some of the Thames Valley’s most exciting, game changing entrepreneurs to discuss how to scale a consumer business. Our expert panel will share their aha moments, back stories, lessons learnt, and missions:
· Nick Coleman, Founder & CEO, Snaffling Pig
· Suzie Walker, Founder & Chief Fire Starter, The Primal Pantry
· Joe Munns, MD, BakedIn
· Kyle Turner, CEO & Co-founder, Fungry
We’d love you to join us as we get an inside view from other start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Nick Coleman co-founded Medical Supermarket in 2010. Pitched as the Amazon for healthcare, the business delivers over 15,000 products to healthcare companies across the UK. In 2014, on the back of a bet he founded Snaffling Pig. Inspired by the food and drink category and seeing a gap in the market to innovate a traditional pub snack, he focussed on taking the humble pork scratching to places it’s never been before. He has appeared on Dragons’ Den, gaining investment from Nick Jenkins and in 2017 awarded Virgin’s Food Entrepreneur of the Year.
Joe Munns - Bakedin started as a hobby in Joe's kitchen and now the business is set to turnover £1.2 million this year. The fast-growing team of 12 located in Basingstoke produce and manufacture all their products in their SALSA accredited factory which has recently doubled in size. Bakedin produces fun, simple baking kits, trendy mug cake mixes, celebrations cakes and just launched Boozy Baking Kits. With a growing base of over 250 stockists, Bakedin’s products are sold in retailers such as Tesco, Lakeland, Topshop, Urban Outfitters, Scribbler, Hobbycraft as well as online on Amazon, Not On The Highstreet and Wicked Uncle.
Kyle Turner, recently completed his PhD at Oxford University, which looked at ways to help prevent childhood obesity. Obesity is an enormously complex challenge, but he founded Fungry because he wanted to do his bit and try to improve the quality of takeaway food being sold in the UK. Fungry is a delivery service for leading independent restaurants in Oxford, offering customers high-quality, freshly-made, delicious takeaway food made by local chefs.
Suzie Walker has always had a complete passion for wholesome real food. Suzie transitioned to a paleo lifestyle 7 years ago and started to utilise this dietary framework when working closely with her clients. She came across a major challenge; many of her clients struggled to find healthy on-the-go snacks that were overly processed, free from grains, refined sugars, soy and dairy. In mid 2013, with some nuts, some coconut and a blender, she embarked upon making her own raw bars. With recipes approved and packaging designed, The Primal Pantry was launched in February 2014. In the two weeks before launch the company sold 24,000 Primal Pantry Bars as pre-orders, demonstrating the appetite for real food in the UK.
Her mission? To challenge the processed food industry by pioneering the real food revolution through educating consumers to make healthier choices and informed decisions.