Starting a business can be a daunting idea for even the most capable of people. There will never be a RIGHT time to start, you just have to define your idea, product or service and go for it. With the right amount of research, hard work and passion your goals can be achieved.
Take 3FE coffee shop in Dublin for example. 3FE was started in 2008 by Colin Harmon who at the time was working in Dublin's financial district as an investment banker. With little to no experience in the coffee industry Colin decided to dedicate his life to coffee.
What I love most about Colin's story is the fact that he had the courage to give up a great job in pursuit of his passion. It was this passion that led Colin to win the Irish Barista Championship and place 4th in the World Barista Championship in 2009.
Against the odds and up against multi-national players such as Starbucks, 3FE has emerged as one of the best coffee houses in Ireland. It is this kind of Passion & Purpose that will create jobs and make Dublin in to one of the best small cities in the world.
Another great Passion and Purpose success story is that of Sweetgreen. A salad shop started by three college graduates that is on the cusp of international expansion. Sweetgreen is as much a lifestyle brand as it is a health food brand powered by Passion and Purpose.
If you're passionate about starting a food or drink business Newmarket Kitchen is the perfect place to start. Whether you need a place to cook, prep or tweak your recipe Newmarket Kitchen has some of the best facilities and prices in the market. Don't be shy, get in contact!!!!
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Delighted to have Marie Claire Digby in with us last week. Amazing to think that less than 12 months ago Newmarket Kitchen was just an idea scribbled down on a piece of paper. If I was asked to give one piece of advice it would be to just go for it! There will never be a perfect time.
Following on from the success of their Baggot Street outlet, Chopped’s first franchise has opened at 109 Grafton Street. It seems that healthy eating has hit Ireland and is here to stay.
Chopped is going through massive expansion at the moment and is set to open a number of new premises in early 2016. With that come a lot of new jobs and more healthy food alternatives.
I like the Chopped brand and can see it going from strength to strength here in Dublin but I wonder how people outside the pale will take to the idea of a salad joint opening up next to their beloved Supermacs.
These days, it seems everywhere I look I am greeted with new healthy food offerings, gyms, juice companies and cookbooks by anyone who knows how to cut a carrot. Some people may think that this new health craze is a fad. I don't think so. How can living a healthier, fitter lifestyle be a fad. Young professionals these days are opting for healthy salads, juices and whole foods filled with fibre instead of the old sambo or chicken fillet roll.
People are now idolising their favourite celebrities and food brands on social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and more recently Snapchat. Hat tip to the lads over at Happy Pear in Greystones. Their daily Snapchat stories are strangely addictive to watch. I'm not sure if its their non-stop energy "KALEEE DUDESS", daily sunrise pics or regular handstands but the twins are giving a deadly insight in to their day to day hustle. I can see this trend continuing as more and more consumers follow their favourite brands, their back-story and the people at the helm.
What's on the cards for 2016