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From our own technical correspondant (FOOTC) – How to start-up a consultancy business

I am the first to admit that running a consultancy business is not for the faint hearted but it has its’ rewards, in fact, consultancy is listed as one of the best ways to build a profitable business from low start-up costs. The disadvantage is that it requires time and the income is not leveraged or consistent. By using these key principles I have been able to establish a business that I enjoy.

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Breakfast week 2016

Breakfast week is with us again and is a really good reminder of why the day should start by literally ‘breaking the fast’.
The brain does function better after a good breakfast, for example, wholegrain containing foods such as porridge and bread and proteins such as eggs, fish or beans.

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From our own technical correspondent (FOOTC) January 2016

BRC Agent and Brokers audit January got off to a flying start with the first audit of the year for one client. Work was started on the BRC Agents and Brokers standard in early 2015 and at the initiation stage of the project we identified that the biggest obstacle would be interpreting what was needed for compliance. The standard is very much a ‘one size fits all’ for agents and brokers across all disciplines and once the HACCP plan and QMS system in place it was a case of identifying the areas that we thought were not applicable! The internal audits helped to plug gaps in the systems that had been missed the first time round and as is the nature of fresh produce businesses, key areas such as a working traceability system and robust supplier approval are a given. Establishing the scope of the audit however, was not as simple as it appeared. The day of the audit came and the time spent discussing and revising the scope stood us in good stead for later on when we tackled the HACCP plan. The BRC definition of ‘agent’, ‘broker’ and ‘importer’ is very clear on the point at which the business takes ownership of the product, especially where product is supplied from a source outside of the U.K but the financial transaction and clearing takes place inside the U.K. Agreement on scope and HACCP with the auditor meant that the rest of the audit went smoothly with very  few non-conformances raised. The whole experience reminded me of the PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT circle of activity. A great deal of time went into the... read more


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