Plunkett is the lead co-ordinator for Urban Food Routes - a unique initiative funded by the Mayor of London and Seeds of Change® – which has been supporting a range of vibrant small food enterprises in London since June last year, including food growers, producers, eateries and retailers. The aim of the support has been to see these enterprises thrive and benefit their local communities. The programme has dedicated a total of £134,000 in funding and more than 80 days of expert business advice to 32 businesses working in the capital.

The support has been delivered to meet the bespoke needs of each business and has included advice on business planning, financial management, marketing and branding and running successful volunteering programmes, for example. The initiative was also part of the recent inaugural Urban Food Awards which recognised the capital’s best, good food small enterprises.

Furthermore, some participants of Urban Food Routes have also benefited from mentoring from Seeds of Change employees, plus study visits to other successful businesses to assist them to learn new ways to engage their communities or overcome business challenges.

The programme of support will be concluding with a final networking event at the OXO Tower restaurant in London on Tuesday 10 March. The event will provide food businesses working in London – from those that grow and produce it, to those that cook and sell it – the chance to meet and make new business connections. Tickets are still available and can be booked here; contact Monica Dolan on 01993 814385 or by emailing monica.dolan@plunkett.co.uk.

Visit www.urbanfoodroutes.org.uk to watch a short film about the enterprises we are working with and the work of the Urban Food Routes partnership.