Gateshead November Meeting

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Date(s) - 22/11/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

River Beat


A food start-up in the North East; the roller -coaster ride of launching a food product.

Setting up a food start-up in the North East is challenging, unlike other areas in the country, there is currently no food start-up culture, infrastructure or real support – but change in the North East is a foot! Join Rachel Horton, Managing Director and Co-Founder of CleanShakes, a start-up that makes and bottles superfood shakes mixed with almond milk that nourish so you can flourish.

Rachel will be sharing her experience and learning of a launching a food start-up with a tasty, premium product that has gone on to be stocked in multiple stockists in the North East alongside building up a loyal, engaged Shaker community and strong brand. She will be talking about how you launch a food product, how to get around all the regulatory red tape, the hidden pockets of support available, how to nail a successful sales pitch to a stockist, how to manage your growing network of stakeholders pushing and pulling your business and how she secured meetings with Waitrose, Fenwicks and Booths before even having a tangible product.

Rachel is on a mission to enable, engage and empower others interested in launching a food start-up or wanting to grow their food business through knowledge sharing and networking. Unlike other areas of business, there is a strong focus on collaboration and strategic alliances with the North East food start up world; we are stronger together.

However, this meeting is not just for food starts, come along if you’re interested in learning about elements of business you may not have experienced but curious in finding out more!

Each attendee will get a FREE CleanShake to enjoy and take away!


Members £2 – on presentation of your membership card. If you would like to become a member of the Inspire Network please see our membership page here

Non members £3

Please book your place in advance. If you are unable to attend this event you will need to advise us by the 18th May so that we can re-allocate your place. Please email us at

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Corinne, Kirsty & Gwen


Bookings are closed for this event.