Aspiring food entrepreneurs are being offered a unique opportunity to turn their dream into a small business reality as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) teams up with the renowned Le Cordon Bleu London to launch their annual Julia Child Scholarship. This year’s scholarship aims to provide would-be food entrepreneurs with the first steps to business success. Applicants don’t necessarily need to be a great cook, but need a strong business idea and need to submit their application by 16 June. The UK’s food and drink sector has a turnover of around £25 billion and remains a buoyant industry and one which continues to attract budding entrepreneurs. In 2017, more than 28,000 new food businesses opening in the UK. The food sector grew by 89% between 2000 and 2017, more than the economy as a whole (86%). In the food sector (excluding beverages) SMEs accounted for 96% of businesses, 25% of employment and 25% of turnover. Mike Cherry, FSB National Chairman, who will join the judging panel, said: “Despite the pressures facing many small businesses - particularly those on the high street - there’s a world of opportunity to succeed as a food and drink entrepreneur. It’s fantastic that the scholarship this year is looking to reward someone with a fresh and innovative food or drink business idea and we look forward to helping them on their exciting journey with FSB membership and business advice.” Chef Emil Minev, Culinary Arts Director at Le Cordon Bleu, said: “As an institute with a rich heritage spanning over 120 years, Le Cordon Bleu has a long-standing reputation of training the finest chefs and most innovative Food Entrepreneurs in the world. This year’s Scholarship will showcase this and offers a unique platform for those with exciting food business ideas.” The prize, which will be presented to the winner by esteemed Le Cordon Bleu Alumna Mary Berry, and is worth over £40,000, includes a year’s membership of FSB; a place on Le Cordon Bleu’s Diplôme de Pâtisserie, recognised globally as one of the most respected culinary qualifications in pastry and baking; a three month Le Cordon Bleu Diploma in Culinary Management; an internship at the iconic Savoy Hotel; and 12 months luxury accommodation provided by Londonist. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of the Le Cordon Bleu website. Ends Notes to Editors The winner of the Julia Child Scholarship 2019 will be presented with an award by Mary Berry and receive an internship at The Savoy and mentoring from Luiz Hara, Georgia Green, Dhruv Mittal and Evelina Ogorzalek. The winner will also enjoy the benefits of 12 months membership with Federation of Small Businesses, along with tickets to attend The Business Show. The total length of the Scholarship Award prize will be 12 months, which will begin in January 2020, and is open to any UK resident over the age of 18 years. Central London accommodation will be provided by Londonist for the 12-month duration of study. All candidates must be aged 18 and over, have UK residency and submit their application through Le Cordon Bleu’s website. Visit: ukscholarship.cordonbleu.edu. Media enquiries: Kerry Curtis, Brand PR Manager at FSB: 020 7592 8120 / Kerry.firstname.lastname@example.org Elisha Tuahene at Le Cordon Bleu London: 020 7400 3900 / Londonemail@example.com About FSB As the UK’s business support group, FSB is the voice of the UK’s small businesses and the self-employed. Established 45 years ago to help its members succeed in business, FSB is a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by its members, for its members. As the UK’s leading business campaigner, FSB is focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. FSB offers members a wide range of vital business services, including access to finance, business banking, legal advice and support along with a powerful voice in Government. FSB also runs the UK’s annual Celebrating Small Business Awards. www.fsb.org.uk About Le Cordon Bleu Le Cordon Bleu is the prestigious network of institutions dedicated to excellence in culinary training and entrepreneurial hospitality management. It has been managed by Mr.André Cointreau since 1984, and now has schools worldwide.