Stuart Gates

Background

Over 35 years experience within the speciality food and retail industry,including roles in buying, operational and senior management. This was with three great companies Fortnum & Mason, Harrods and Daylesford Organic.

The last 8 years I have been mentoring artisan food producers through programmes with organisations such as Bord Bia,The Welsh Government, Invest NI, Scotland Food & Drink and private companies. Alongside this planning and managing a wide range of promotional events at a variety of venues from markets to food halls.

Just finished recording a series of prerecorded pod cast training sessions for start up and newly established producers to listen and learn to at home or in the gym. Being released Summer 2019 under the brand of The Seasoned Grocer.

One of the founders and Chair of The Guild of Fine Food for a number of years. Presently a judge and arbiter for The Great Taste Awards and judge at The Guild of Shop of The Year Awards.

What skills can you bring as a mentor?

Having held roles as a buyer and heading many product development projects I am aware of what buyers are looking for. I can give clear objective advise on many aspects and support in areas that new producers need to concentrate and focus on to be successful.

What do you think makes the difference between a good business and a brilliant business?

Success is planned. Failure just happens.

If you had your time again in business, what would you do differently?

To have mastered at least one other language and learn more about preparing and cooking fish. Also gaining a better knowledge of how best to use Social Media. No regrets in my choice of career loved it all from the people, producers, great foods and of course the customers.

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