Small food business mentoring seminar

Date: Friday 15 June, 2018

Time: 09:30 - 14:00

Location: Castleknock Hotel, Porterstown Road, Dublin 15

safefood in partnership with Dublin’s Local Enterprise Offices / Dublin Food Chain are hosting a special SME seminar in Dublin aimed at food business in a pre-start up phase or those that have been operating for less than 36 months. This workshop is targeted at food producers, or those with an idea for a food product and the workshop will cover topics such as business support options, allergens training and will feature group mentoring sessions focused on HACCP, finance and marketing / branding.



Registration: Tea, coffee and networking


Welcome from safefood


Business support available through your Local Enterprise Office

Learn about food support programmes, mentoring options and possible grant assistance you may be eligible for from Mariea Mullally (LEO Dun Laoghaire)


Allergens and food safety

Dr James McIntosh (safefood)


Tips to help achieve success on your food journey

Hear from Food Expert James Burke, about the top tips for succeeding with your product, and the pitfalls to watch out for.


Bord Bia presentation

Bord Bia supports and services that inform your insight lead strategic marketing development​. Presented by Maria Stokes


Tea, coffee and light lunch


Learning from my journey

Meet successful food entrepreneur Maria Betts, and learn from her experiences of what works, and what to avoid. 


FSAI presentation


Question and answer sessions


Group mentor sessions

  • Food Safety / HACCP – Victoria Flanagan and Dominic Foley (The Food Safety Company)
  • Food Business - Maria Betts (Award winning food entrepreneur)
  • Finance - Yvonne Scully (Former investment banker and former food producer)
  • Marketing & Branding – Maria O’Connor (Former SuperValu owner. Former trading manager, Musgrave Wholesale partners)

Participants will get the opportunity to participate in two 30-minute mentor sessions of their choice (Maximum 15 per mentor group. First come / first served).




Please note: Photography and video recording may take place at the event and these images may be used in safefood promotional materials, publications and website content. By attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any safefood materials. These training workshops are part of the safefood Knowledge Network programme of activities to enable professionals within the agri-food sector to meet new and emerging food safety challenges.​