Small Food Business Mentoring Seminar

Mentoring Seminar

Safe Food

• DATE: Friday 15 June 2018, 09:30 - 14:00

• VENUE: Castleknock Hotel, Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Safefood in partnership with Dublin’s Local Enterprise Offices / Dublin Food Chain are hosting a special SME seminar in Dublin aimed at food business in a pre-start up phase or those that have been operating for less than 36 months. This workshop is targeted at Food Producers, or those with an idea for a food product and the workshop will cover topics such as business support options, allergens training and will feature group mentoring sessions focused on HACCP, finance and marketing/branding. Knowledge Network Advancing food safety knowledge and skills.


09:30 Registration (Tea/Coffee/Networking)

10:00 Welcome from safefood

10:05 Business support available from LEOs

Learn about food support programmes, mentoring options and possible grant assistance you may be eligible for from Mariea Mullally (LEO Dun Laoghaire)

10:25 Allergens and Food Safety Dr James McIntosh (safefood)

11:00 Tips to help achieve success on your food journey

Hear from Food Expert James Burke, about the top tips for succeeding with your product, and the pitfalls to watch out for.

11:30 Bord Bia presentation

Bord Bia supports and services that inform your insight lead strategic marketing development. Presented by Maria


11:45 Tea/coffee and light lunch

12:15 Learning from my Journey

Meet successful food entrepreneur Maria Betts, and learn from her experiences of what works, and what to avoid.

12:35 FSAI presentation - Ms Clodagh Crehan

12:50 Question and Answer Session

13:00 Group Mentor Sessions:

• Food Safety/HACCP – Victoria Flanagan and Dominic Foley (The Food Safety Company)

• Food Business - Maria Betts (Award winning Food entrepreneur)

• Finance - Yvonne Scully (Former investment banker and former food producer)

• Marketing & Branding – Maria O’Connor (Former SuperValu Owner. Former trading Manager, Musgrave Wholesale partners) Participants will get the opportunity to participate in two

30-minute mentor sessions of their choice (Maximum 15 per mentor group. First come/first served).

14:00 Close

This workshop is FREE to attend but places may be limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To register please click here or visit

For further information please contact Michael Hills at

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