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January
23
Wednesday
6:45pm
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Dine with co-founder of New Covent Garden Soup Co & Little Dish: building, growing & exiting a FMCG business

at Finch's Pub, Moorgate/Old Street (map)

Who's coming

  • James

    Founder Humble Grape - Commercial Director Adaptive, www.humblegrape.co.uk

  • Guy

    Creative Director, Sapling

  • Claire

    TableCrowd: COO and Chief Host, TableCrowd

  • Chris

    Creative Director, Sherry Design

  • Lijo Sebastian

    Founder, Chewymoon Limited

  • Giles

    Investment Director, Growth Capital Partners

  • Rob

    Co Founder & Director, Grocery Accelerator Ltd

  • Darius
  • Kieu My

    Founder, 9Kitchens

  • Von
  • Mike

    Co-Founder, Troo Foods Ltd

  • Sharon

    Founder, Freyda

  • Nick

    Founder, Virtual Store Trials

  • Rosie

    Head of Sales, Indie Bay Snacks

  • Sarah

    Business Development, Leyton Legal LLP

  • Karen

    | Managing director | Best selling author | Speaker, Cream and Country/The food mentor

  • Gemma

    Head of Talent, Greenwood Campbell

  • Aneisha +1

    Co Founder, Scrumbles

  • Marianna

    Founder, Mama & the Chocolate Factory

  • Jessica

    Founder & Chief Bandit, Little Bandits

  • Marieke

    Founder, Snackzilla

  • Ant

    Founder, Push Chocolate

Venue

Finch's Pub

12a Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AN
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Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
John Stapleton is the 'Authentic Entrepreneur' with 30 years’ experience in pioneering new FMCG categories and establishing and growing successful consumer-led businesses in both the UK and the USA. John co-founded the New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd, co-founded Glencoe Foods Inc to bring the fresh soup concept to the US and co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children. Having co-founded three FMCG businesses, building and growing each to exit, John is perfectly placed to share all on building, growing & exiting a successful FMCG business.

This dinner is perfect for…
Startup founders and those working in startups and early-stage growth businesses in the FMCG sector.
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at hello@tablecrowd.com to discuss whether this is the right dinner for you. Also feel free to check out our other dinners as another might match you perfectly!

The dinner conversation will be…
John invests in and provides business growth advice and mentorship to growing businesses, is a business thought leader and speaks on a wide range of entrepreneurial management and motivational leadership topics. John will be sharing all on:
✓ Having the courage in your convictions - it's often more about convincing yourself than convincing others.
✓ Learning from failure & embracing adversity - cope with setbacks, mistakes, stuff that hasn’t worked and moving on with renewed energy.
✓ The Power of Authenticity - finding success through being yourself.
✓ Key lessons learnt from New Covent Garden Soup Co and from his other successful business ventures.

Who is John Stapleton?
John Stapleton has 30 years’ experience in pioneering new FMCG categories and establishing and growing successful consumer-led businesses. In 1987 John co-founded the New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd which was sold to Daniels PLC in 1998 with approx. £20m revenues. John since co-founded Glencoe Foods Inc. (1998), to bring the fresh soup concept to the US and Little Dish (2005), which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year. John exited Little Dish in 2017 in a Private Equity sale when revenues were circa £15m. John now actively manages an investor/Non-Executive Director portfolio of start-up and early-stage branded businesses in the FMCG category in the UK, Ireland and Germany and speaks on a variety of topics related to “turning uncertainty into competitive advantage”.

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd. This is a dinner, not a dropin event, so we ask that guests turn up on time and don’t leave until after the Q&A.

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P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

John Stapleton is the 'Authentic Entrepreneur' with 30 years’ experience in pioneering new FMCG categories and establishing and growing successful consumer-led businesses in both the UK and the USA. In 1987 John co-founded the New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd., which pioneered and grew the fresh soup category in the UK. On reaching over £20m revenue, Daniels PLC bought New Covent Garden Soup Co in 1998.

In that same year, John co-founded Glencoe Foods Inc., to bring the fresh soup concept to the US. On returning to Europe, John established a consumer branded food consultancy and worked with a number of corporate and early-stage growth businesses across the FMCG sector in the UK, US and continental Europe.

In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year. Little Dish created the chilled toddler food category, developing full UK retailer distribution and became the go-to brand in fresh toddler food. Having grown to approaching £15m annual revenues, John exited Little Dish in 2017.

John has first-hand experience in startup, early stage growth and scale-up stage businesses, having co-founded 3 FMCG businesses. John helps design creative, practical, experience-based solutions to problems, challenges and opportunities that brand owners encounter in starting, growing and scaling their companies, across all areas of business.

John now actively manages an investor/Non-Executive Director portfolio contributing value-added business growth advice, guidance and mentoring to business owners.

For any dietary requirements, worry not, we have it covered, as long as we know in advance. If you are vegetarian, vegan, dairy free or gluten intolerant let us know by filling out the dietary requirements section in the your preferences section of your profile on the TableCrowd website.

One of the TableCrowd hosting team will be on hand to make sure you are welcomed through the door and introduced to the most relevant people to you.

Our Food & Drink Ambassador is Rob Ward, founder of the Grocery Accelerator - the place where investors and trade buyers meet high potential, early stage food & drink brands.

For any advance questions about this dinner, it is best to reach us at hello@tablecrowd.com

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