Marcus - Creator of the Artisan Food Club
These early experiences set me up well for my time working with the dairy-farming sector in Devon with Genus Breading and on to my mothers food business Patchwork pate. There I worked on sales nationally and internationally and then created my own business Carter Food House – wholesale to butchers & fish shop across the UK. I also created the Virtual Farmers Market. My one passion for many years has been to help artisan food companies grow with sales. I have also created the My Own Sauce range and My Own Range.
My passion to help small start up independent food companies have a voice has been my driving force for many years and the driver behind many ventures. The Artisan Food Club has become the perfect method for this to happen. One of my mantras is to help start-ups get "un-local" and as your shop trys these companies with very low risk introduction orders you are giveing them a real chance of being a success.
Robert Arpino - The back office
My working life started in 1974 with the family owned ice cream manufacturer where I spent 18 years gaining experience in every area of food production and business management. In 1995 I bought a small frozen foods wholesaler in Oxfordshire which went on to feature in the Fast Track 100 list of companies in 2004 & 2005. Here I specialised in servicing food service outlets by offering bespoke menu development in our own fully equipped kitchens.
Between 2010 – 2012 I helped establish a potato crisp manufacturer in Lima, Peru. Our remit was to commercialise the use of some of the 4000 indigenous potato varieties to create a quality exportable product. I spent some time in Lima at the production plant establishing our production values as well as running the local office for 2 years.
I am passionate about food and the use of interesting, authentic and high quality ingredients to create those same childhood experiences to bring people together. My businesses have always been customer facing and I demand the highest standards of customer service. To this end I have always employed sophisticated technical systems to deliver great customer service.
Aylie - Part Time Voice of Reason for AFC
My name is Aylie (pronounced 'eh lee'!) and I have joined the Artisan Food Club team. I will be helping Marcus and Robert with getting new suppliers on board and developing the processes around how we welcome suppliers to the AFC family. My background has been in food retail operations and purchasing, most recently with Whole Foods Market, where I coordinated a collection of buyers for various food and non-food categories. On having my second child I was fortunate to be able to take some time to spend with him and consider a change in career direction.
And so here I am! I am currently officially working for AFC one day a week on either Tuesday or Wednesday but will endeavor to be super-efficient in that time. I am also studying social media management with a view to being able to run that side by side with my work with Marcus. My professional experience has meant I have had a huge amount of contact with a wide variety of food producers - from those just starting out to well established global brands. I have always most enjoyed the time spent with emerging businesses and the energy that this requires. So being with the AFC is absolutely amazing for giving me that specific exposure again. On a personal level my time is primarily dedicated to two young children at the moment, with little space for much else. Luckily, I mostly love it...! I live with my family in Bristol and my interests are wide and varied but, as you can guess, food is a big theme in my life and I love to cook, feed people, and generally talk about food. I am also a frustrated creative who loves to make things. In another life, I could have been a painter or a textile artist.
My big personal goal, apart from working with AFC, is to reduce my family's plastic footprint. We have a growing community of Bristolians who are doing their bit and lobbying for small changes. This is a particularly relevant topic to the food retail and producer community and I would love to hear more about how your business feels about this area. I'm sure there are lots of best practices to be shared which could benefit all members of the Artisan Food Club family. Looking forward to working with you and please be in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org!
Friends of the Artisan Food Club
Capsule - CRM
We Are Dot Ingenuity
Helping You Making Your Brand Grow
We're a boutique digital and web design agency based in Bromley with a genuine passion for building brands online.We believe that quality is far more important than quantity hence we only require a small team. Our people are our biggest asset. Our creative technicians, efficient managers and sharp strategists are the pulse of our business. We thrive on delivering exceptional, integrated digital campaigns and solutions for clients with both UK and international markets.
Call to chat with Ian on 01691 654321
E2B - Fulfillment House
With over 90,000sqf of warehousing, we safely and securely store a huge array of event equipment, sampling products and stock. The team, practiced in complex kit consolidation, accurate picking and with extensive knowledge of our storage system, are able to provide consistent excellent service. In this way, whether exciting new start-up, or big name brand, we can support our client's creativity as they continue to build brands that perform. http://www.e2b.uk.com
Meet Kassy, Ruth or Mel and Techni-K
Techni-K are a small business, run by 3 lovely ladies, who provide technical assistance to artisan food producers – to help them you meet your food legislation or achieve SALSA. They have a practical approach and provide producers with a more cost effective way of implementing systems. Rather than using the typical consultancy services which can be expensive, they have a range of documentation packs which producers can take, amend and implement, following the instructions provided.
Where additional on site assistance or training is required, they can provide this as well. Documentation packs include SALSA quality management system and also a range of product specific HACCP's. If you have any technical queries Kassy, Ruth or Mel would be happy to take your call and talk you through issues you are having free of charge. Contact email@example.com, 07955 211023 or visit www.techni-k.co.uk.
Michelle Noel – Design & Art Direction
Her studio in Battersea focuses on combining creative thinking, specialist knowledge alongside a network of creative talent to deliver beautifully crafted work that effectively communicates the brands story.
Gourmet Partners - Export Help & Advice
07805 257961 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Satago - Online credit controle
- Automated debtor chasing, with custom templates, by email and letter.
- Credit control CRM with full debt-chasing audit trail.
- Customer risk profiles with integrated Experian credit data
ZeeMaps - Free
ZeeMaps is an enterprise-class mapping service that allows you to easily create, publish, and share interactive maps. You can construct dynamic visualizations of geographic information, producing maps from your list of people or places. For example, you can create a map of places you have visited, or maps that mark the addresses of your customers, sales leads, friends, and relatives. All maps are stored on our servers, and can be instantly accessed any time, anywhere, from any standard Web browser on a computer or mobile device.
Vista Print Busness Cards
07508 877370 - Darren Oakes
Email: email@example.com Website: www.ponteurope.com
Kingsway Printers – Label Manufacturer
As well as having the capabilities for high volume demand with the latest flexo presses, we have two HP Indigo digital label presses which are ideal for high quality - low volume requirements and multiple products. Of particular interest is that our digital presses do not require plates, so as your product portfolio grows and brand develops, so to can your labels without having to pay for expensive plates for each new product added or change in artwork design/content, which is ideal for the artisan producer and start-up business where budgets are tight. We are also experienced in producing labels suitable for the chiller cabinet and freezer, along with wine and beverage labels with added wet strength materials suitable for the ice bucket, we can also add special embellishments such as metallic foiling and pattern varnishes to further enhance shelf appeal.
If you would like to discuss your label requirements in more detail, arrange a sample pack or a meeting, then please contact David Wooster direct on 07971 523180 (Mobile) or email firstname.lastname@example.org you can also visit our website at www www.kingswayprinters.com for more information.
We are pleased to offer Artisan Food Club members a 10% discount on your first label order.
Milk Hut Productions (video)
Who are weThe explosion of internet video has changed the way that organisations are communicating with existing and potential partners and clients. MilkHut are at the forefront of this revolution, working with our clients to produce stunning videos, helping them communicate more effectively and directly than ever before.
What We DoMilkHut productions is an independent Videography and Photography company based in Southampton, United Kingdom. Our goal is to create compelling work which brings to light the experience and quality of every company we are invovled with. From the simplist of photography shoots to corporate event video's.
Jeff Gill – Design, Branding
People like you, the people who make great food, are my favourites. You believe in what you're doing and your enthusiasm is infectious. That's why I loved designing Halen Môn's salt pouches and their factory tour. I loved creating the identity and label for Patchwork's 'by Mags and Jen' smooth pâtés. I'd probably love to work with you too.
Debt Recovery - Debt Advocate
We're dedicated and professional but we're also approachable and friendly! The whole team at Advocate take great pride in the outstanding results we achieve and the strong long-term working relationships we build with our clients. And when it comes to debt recovery you will find we do things differently.
Call 0117 332 0092
Wayne Graham email@example.com
The Design Works Exhibitions Ltd
If you have a low budget but looking for a maximum impact whilst at the show then why not consider our 'Shell Wrap' option.
We can dress your existing shell scheme with seamless graphics which makes your branding stand out from the surrounding shell schemes.
If you would like further examples you can view our website www.dwexhibitions.com
Finance Consultancy and Accounting - Bethan Davies
The services offered range from just doing end of year accounts and HMRC compliance to being an in-house finance manager one day a week and can include anything in between. At whatever level she will always make finance as easy and understandable as possible and offer a more personalised and tailored-to-you service.
If you would like to find out more, Bethan is available on firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer a fixed-fee service that eradicates the complexity of intellectual property, guiding you through the entire process so that you can get back to doing what you do best – making great food.
Get in touch for a chat today: email@example.com or call Dom - 07988846870
This Way Up Design
Take a look at our work www.thiswayupdesign.com
Or Call Chris on 07710 236 170
AB Food Nutrition & Labelling Expert
Formerly the Nutritionist for the Co-op, Anne now works freelance specialising in calculating the nutrient composition of products and recipes for the purposes of mandatory nutrition labelling, whilst also providing impartial advice on food labelling, applying nutrition & health claims and using her practical, evidence based approach to develop nutrition policy.
From many years of experience calculating the nutrient composition of recipes for labels, menu boards and magazines and using just your product recipe, Anne can take the hassle out of nutrition labelling compliance whilst providing an inexpensive, confidential and personal service, no matter whether you are start-up or well-established larger business.
For more information contact Anne: 07966 363767
RELISH FOOD MARKETING
To find out more visit www.relish-marketing.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Jo on 0772 335 1884
In-Store Food Promotion/Tastings
Lucinda is the owner of an in-store promotion company called Lucinda Lucinda. If you have a store needing some promotion work done she is the lady for the job. She has a team of great people ready to promote your food as if it were their own. They can help with anything from a one day tasting in store to a weeks in store support. Whether it's helping at a market or a food show Lucinda will back you all the way.
Concept Management | Food Tastings | Promotions
email@example.com - @hellolucinda_
Alex Coveney Video Producer
Artisan Provender - In Store tastings
Artisan Provender was started in 2013 by Charlie Hanks who recognised how time consuming and costly it was for suppliers to travel to London to keep customers happy with instore tastings and representation at events. Charlie has ten years of food sales under her belt and trains her well presented foodies to become loyal ambassadors who represent and sell food and drink brands with enthusiasm and integrity. We're delighted to be friends of Artisan Food Club & look forward to meeting you!
Female Foodpreneur Collective
After 5 years as a banking compliance consultant working for big banks like Santander and Barclays, Ashanti is a Virgin Start Up Mentor and Contributor, Connector for Women In Food and Business Consultant. She also hosts a podcast for women in food, monthly women in food events and a fast growing facebook group for female food entrepreneurs.
Becca and Simon