Time for a change

By Stuart Gates
Published 29th June 2020

Many things have happened in the world since I last put pen to paper or, more accurately, finger to the keyboard. By now the constant barrage of what-next webinars and what-to-do emails have subsided as information overload and saturation points for the artisan producers may have been reached! Unfortunately, not all the information or advice given had anything concrete to offer.

What is true is that many people have had a chance to reflect on their lives over the last few weeks and many are reluctant to get back into the rat-race again of their B.C. (Before Covid) lives; the daily commutes (flashes of Reggie Perrin and trains being 7 minutes here for those old enough to remember), the thankless tasks, feelings of not making a difference, being one of many, etc., etc.

This could be the time when people feel the need to take that artisan food production idea or hobby they’ve been dreaming of onto the next step.

This could be the time when people feel the need to take that artisan food production idea or hobby they’ve been dreaming of onto the next step. Perhaps it’s a dream to produce a range of sauces your family have used over generations, perhaps it’s a food heritage you’ve been fortunate to enjoy or a love of pickling or smoking foods or whatever floats your boat. Basically, now is when thoughts of working part-time in the old job while taking-up a new challenge occur. You’re now seriously considering if all this time to reflect is in fact an opportune time for a change to your working life.

And it could be, markets are opening, food delivery is the current name-of-the-game and people in general have recently realised the importance of food production, good food and want to support local friends and businesses so, yes, this could be an excellent time for a change providing it is all done properly.

The next steps can be challenging as perhaps you’ll now have to learn new skills or brush up on the old ones as you consider setting up a food business.

That’s where the Seasoned Grocer’s Artisan Food Producer Course could be ideal for you. The course is a series of audiocasts. Eleven episodes that take you through the essential steps from initial set up to meeting and negotiating with store buyers. Rich with advice from me, Stuart Gates (a very seasoned grocer), this course allows you to listen at a pace to suit you. You could even listen while commuting to your present-day job!

With a proven record of success in the speciality fine food sector, my mentoring advice and retail experience is sought by food producers and retailers alike. Check out the testimonials on the website from businesses you know, don’t just take my word!

As for Covid specific advice we await for more details from government on rules pertaining to business operations in the food sector. Changes are occurring by the week but the aim is to make a Covid Speciality Fine Food episode in the not too distant future. Whatever anyone says it is too early to be able to give measured, sound advice. But when the time is ready, we’ll formulate clear guidance for our artisan producers.

The Seasoned Grocer is here to help so please make contact. We can also assist with bespoke programmes.

In the meantime; Stay Safe, Stay Focused, Stay Happy

Illustration: Ailbhe Phelan
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