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Blog #3 Can food businesses be successfully scaled for public benefit?

I am hugely grateful to have been awarded a Churchill Fellowship with support from the Rank Foundation.

I will travel to Bolivia and Peru during the month of May, to explore how community food businesses can be successfully scaled up for public benefit. https://www.wcmt.org.uk/about-us/news-events/news-full-list-2019-churchill-fellows

When I return I will share my findings with community-owned food businesses in the UK and with support providers. In particular I will be exploring the themes of leadership, scale and support needs/provision.

So I am looking to speak to community food businesses in the UK first, so that I can understand where they are at, motivation, aspirations and challenges.

So far I have identified over 40 food enterprises in the UK and spoken to five of them, including Sutton community farm, Nemi Tea, Elysia Catering and HISBE supermarkets.

In Peru and Bolivia I will be visiting food cooperatives deep in the Amazon rainforest, community owned food chocolate businesses, community kitchens and other local food enterprises, and a number of incubators, investors and support providers.

I will use this blog to summarise my visits and findings. Stay tuned…

If you know community food businesses in the UK or South America who might be interested in this research please do let me know!

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