The UK’s eating out market has never been so vibrant, with street food operators and fledgling concepts driving the majority of innovation in a sector that is expected to grow by 2.3% to a total of £87.1bn in 2016.
Will the next Wagamama be found at the local street food market or the new Nando’s operating in Hackney High Street? MCA’s Founders Forum series will shine the light on the next generation of entrepreneurs and concepts who, with your help, could shape the industry over the next few years and beyond.
The Founders Forum takes place over a half-day and is exclusively for rising, fledgling operators, from up and coming street food vendors through to operators with one to five sites. As well as the networking opportunities, these operators meet to hear from, and learn from, industry experts across property, finance, technology and logistics and bring these learnings back to their business.
On the principals behind the Founders Forum, Entrepreneur and London Union founder Jonathan Downey says:
“The hospitality industry is not very generous when it comes to sharing advice and experience – too many of your colleagues and competitors can’t wait to see you fail – and new business owners should grab every opportunity they can get to learn and gain inspiration from the people who have already been there and done it. Every week I see beginners in business making the same crazy mistakes and it sickens me.”
“My biggest regret in business is that there was never anyone there in the early days with more friends, contacts, experience and money than me to advise and guide me. Had that been the case, I would have got a lot richer a lot quicker.”