SKV’s Richard Bond hosts panel of Manchester’s top food and drink businesses at MFDF

A special business seminar called ‘Recipe for Success’ was held on Tuesday, 3 October as part of Manchester’s annual Food and Drink Festival (MFDF).

The event aimed to inspire the city’s next wave of Manchester food and drink entrepreneurs, by providing the audience with trade secrets, tips and hints from an expert panel.

Participants included four of Manchester’s most exciting food and drink businesses: Rudy’s Pizza in Ancoats, cereal and milk bar Black Milk in the Northern Quarter, Manchester distillery Three Rivers Gin and street food events company GRUB.

SKV Director of Strategy, Richard Bond, who is also a trustee of the Central Library Development Trust charity, led the event, which was attended by around 40 culinary enthusiasts and budding food entrepreneurs.

He said:

“It was a real pleasure to host the first Recipe for Success event in 2015 when we had the founders of Tampopo, Fazenda and Penelope’s Kitchen on the panel. However, since then Manchester’s eating and drinking landscape has expanded rapidly, and in many different directions, and all the panellists this year have played a key part in driving the thriving and diverse food and drink scene we all enjoy today.

“It was great to be the host for second time and get to quiz a group of local food and drink operators, who are all making headlines with their exciting, high quality and innovative products and services, about how they successfully built their individual businesses.”

The event was a collaboration between MFDF and the Central Library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre. For details of more BIPC events visit