Today’s street food entrepreneurs tend to be young, first time business owners and although they have developed useful skills they are often self-taught and lack formal enterprise education. Our Street Food: Opportunities for Regions (SFOFR) project will provide timely, tailored business training enabling them to overcome the strategic and operational challenges of scaling up.
In addition, unless food entrepreneurs work in a region conducive to innovation and strategic food marketing, their efforts will be truncated. Collective action is required: local authorities and economic development stakeholders must also grasp the potential of the street food movement to evolve into a vibrant regional food scene based on high quality, local produce, accessibility and authenticity.
For these reasons, the SFOFR project aims to deliver high training for street food entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, at the same time as it works with Higher Education Institutes and business development organizations that provide Vocational Education and Training for the food sector, and wider economic development stakeholders to harness food SMEs as a driver of regional growth.