Welcome to The Grocer’s entrepreneurs hub. Here you’ll find the best of our coverage on the UK’s thriving food startup scene as well as tips and advice for entrepreneurs and early-stage fmcg brands. Discover plenty of free resources as well as a selection of our premium articles for Gold and Platinum members

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Former Typhoo sales director to support small brands with export agency

Exporting is Great will offer support to challenger brands amid Brexit uncertainty

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Female-founded businesses are being let down by investors

The investor community has some catching up to do on gender diversity, says Kerstin Robinson, co-founder of Nix & Kix

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Pollen & Grace reach out for £350k amid new listings

Pollen & Grace has launched the funding drive ahead of new regional listings, which will see it expand into 55 Tesco and 50 Co-op stores in May

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Propercorn founders back £300k boost for Nice canned wine

“Nice is quality wine that has mass market appeal and is 100% recyclable, which made it a no-brainer to Sainsbury’s.” said development manager for Future Brands Tom Elliot

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Hands-off launches like RXBar reflect increasing hunger for ‘independent’ brands

Acting like a nascent business allows big companies to create the impression they’re keeping pace with innovation

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Time for a break: how a holiday can be a business milestone

If you can leave for more than a week without causing the business stress, then you are out of the startup phase

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Gato & Co secures £200k cash boost after rejecting Dragons

Seven new investors have backed the pudding supplier in the new funding round

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Healthier crisps startup Corners lands Sainsbury’s listing

The brand this week rolled out four heat-popped SKUs via Sainsbury’s Future Brands initiative

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The Vevolution’s here: how the vegan movement is honing its business skills

As Beyond Burger finally launches into Tesco and vegan festivals hit the mainstream, the business appeal of plant-based is growing

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Vegan cheese startup scores £25k from investors including Vita Coco's Giles Brook

Ellie Phoebe Brown of Kinda Co was unanimously chosen as the winner by a group of investors including Giles Brook oof a Dragons’ Den-style pitching session at this year’s Bread & Jam festival

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Alana Spencer and Alan Sugar launch Cakepreneurs

The business is aimed at “budding business-minded bakers”

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Challenger brands must act now to avoid a talent shortage

Challenger brands are buzzing but there’s a potential talent shortage looming, warns Thea Alexander of Young Foodies

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Tuk Tuk Chai ditches dragon's investment for crowdfunding

The chilled drink manufacturer appeared on Dragon’s Den but confirmed after filming it decided to walk away from the deal in favour of a £150k cash injection from the crowd

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AB InBev unveils fund for startups tackling sustainability

Successful applicants will be announced in September during the UN’s climate week

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There has never been a better time to start a food business

Changing consumer habits are fuelling demand for disruptor brands, says Bread & Jam festival founder Jason Gibb

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M&S's retail tech venture shows it's serious about being digital-first

M&S is ramping up investment into its digital operations Marks & Spencer has just announced an exclusive joint venture UK partnershipwith startup accelerator Founders Factory to develop emerging retail technologies. The news follows barely a month after forging a partnership with Microsoft to integrate AI technologies into ...

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Amelia Harvey on collaboration and The Collective

The self-styled ‘quasi-entrepreneur’ on building a £32m business from scratch

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How thinking like a startup can help revive old fmcg brands

Many brand managers of conglomerate-owned brands are overly protective of their brands, says Neil Davidson of HeyHuman

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Apprentice winner's Sweets in the City makes official debut

It offers gifting lines via Harrods, Selfridges, Kingdom of Sweets and online

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Vita Coco CEO Giles Brook invests in snack startup Bepps

The new “partnership” makes Brook the largest investor at the company