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  1. 1. Restaurant Start Up Online ResourcesGuide Book #2
  2. 2. Online Resources for Restaurant Start upsThinking about opening a restaurant or do you already own one.The internet provides you with a wealth of information at your finger tips.This quick guide will show you some of the best online resources available to restaurant owners, from free business planningsoftware to tools to help you design your kitchen layout.ContentsGovernment ResourcesBanking websitesVenture Capital CompaniesMarketing ResourcesBusiness Planning SoftwareKitchen DesignWhats HotRestaurant Organizations that you need to check out.What are the best Catering Industry Trade Shows?
  3. 3. Government ResourcesBusiness Link (probably the best place to get started) is a government-funded, freebusiness advice and guidance service in the UK, offering information for people who arestarting a business, or thinking of it as well as guidance on how to grow a business.Our favourite resources here are the Business Start-up Organiser to help you create apersonalised list of tasks needed to set up a business and a Grants and Support Directoryto locate potential sources of help. Definitely worth checking Business Gateway is the sister organisation to business link offering information forstart-up and existing business in Scotland.www.bgateway.comFor information on health and safety, nutrition and registering a food business check outthe Food Safety Associations House is the United Kingdom Registrar of Companies and is packed fullof advice on everything relating to incorporating your
  4. 4. HM Revenue and Customs is the place to go to learn more about VAT, Corporation Tax,Starting up in business and Closing or selling a business. So learn more about business rates and find out what the rateable value of aproperty is, visit the website of the Valuation Office Agency an agency of HMRevenue & Customs. Business Planning SoftwareFor anyone looking to start a restaurant in the UK go to the website of accountancysoftware firm Sage and download their free business planning software. It helps youthrough the whole process of turning your business idea into Kitchen Design SoftwareIf you are just getting started, Smart Draw offers a really helpful free trialdownload program
  5. 5. Banking ResourcesWho say banks are all bad. There are a plethora of free resources available from the banks.Check out some of the best.Access to the right resources is crucial when you are running your own business and thiswebsite from Lloyds bank is packed full of information to help you navigate a coursethrough these changing times whilst you prepare your business for the upturn. Here you’llfind dedicated guides, expert advice and real life business Business owned by Barclays is a complete online resource for people running abusiness, or dreaming of setting up their own - the best practical advice this site hasguides and articles on all aspects of running your own Bank of Ireland this is a free, email-based course, consisting of an Information Guideand six modules that cover the key topics you need to know when starting a new business.www.bankofirelandstartupcourse.comNeed help with something in particular or just looking for inspiration? Whatever stageyour business is at, HSBCs range of practical information will answer the questions youreasking right
  6. 6. Banking Resources ContinuedAlliance & Leicester Commercial Bank Bizguides are designed to help you start-up andgrow your business. Check my mind Nat West provides one of the most comprehensive resources for BusinessStart Ups. Offering guide books, free business planning software and a free online coursethat makes it easy to get to grips with the of Scotlands business guides are designed to help and support you at every stage ofyour business journey – whether you’re starting up, growing your business or planning forthe InsuredThanks to the internet, it is now possible to compare multiple policies and providers ofpublic liability cover in a similar way to car and home insurance. Although the choice ofcompanies is much more limited, online business insurance comparison sites offerprice and policy comparison services for most types and size of business. Check
  7. 7. Designing your brandWhether you plan to graphically design your menu yourself or plan to bring in aprofessional check out these resources online.Ensure your menu stands out from the crowd with some funky fonts. DaFont is anarchive of thousands of great downloadable fonts. Fonts are categorized by theme, andcan also be sorted by name, date, and popularity. Free and commercial fonts areavailable.www.dafont.comNeed a logo designed. Why not host your very own "design contest" where thousands oftalented designers compete to create a logo design you love, or your money back!You describe your requirements, Dozens of designers submit logo design concepts and youonly pay for the logo design you like best!www.99designs.comNeed a website built or perhaps a menu designed, check out Elance. Elance is a company thatprovides an Internet virtual marketplace for freelancers and freelance agencies to negotiatework contracts with businesses that hire independent professionals and
  8. 8. Angel InvestorsThere are a growing number of venture capital firms that are looking for small businesses toinvest in. If you are simply looking to run a sweet little bistro, the best you could hope forwould probably be a local businessman keen to invest. But if you are looking to launch a newconcept restaurant with potential for rapid expansion, venture capital funding may be availableto you. If you choose a venture capitalist, make sure you maintain control running yourbusiness.Angels Den Where Entrepreneurs and Investors Meet. Once you’ve put your business plantogether, you’re only steps away from pitching face to face to some of their 3000+ Angels, sowhat are you waiting for? Investment Network is a web-based matching service for angel investors seekinginvestment opportunities and entrepreneurs seeking BBAA is the national trade association dedicated to promoting angelinvesting and supporting early stage investment in the Giant is a leading online solution that matches serious & active business Investorswith Entrepreneurs seeking investment to start-up their company or expand their
  9. 9. Trend Watching – Looking for inspirationWhat are the hot trends in 2010. Check out the following sites for some great ideas.One’s To Watch is a monthly review of some of the hottest restaurant trends, from USbased Quick Service and its network of spotters scan the globe for smart new business a look at the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants for some thoroughlyinspirational out the Time Out Eating and Drinking Awards, London’s most respected restaurantand bar awards, are now in their twenty-first year. These awards recognise the best ofLondon’s diverse new eating and drinking what’s hot in Restaurant and Bar
  10. 10. Restaurant Organizations that you need to check out.There are numerous trade associations for the food service industry. Most offer plenty offree advice and publish relevant trade magazines as well as great award ceremonies everyyear. Check out the following:The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has been representing the hotel, restaurant andcatering industry for over 100 years. The BHA is the parent organization for the RestaurantAssociation, the leading trade organization for the restaurant industry. The Associationskey objective is to advance the interests of restaurateurs, and it is supported by over 50Patron Suppliers providing a range of support services, National Restaurant Association is a restaurant industry business association in theUnited States, representing more than 380,000 restaurant Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) The SRA is a not-for-profit, nationwide,membership-based organization committed to promoting sustainability across theUK’s restaurant industry, from high street chains to fine dining operators. The SRAprovides restaurants with advice and support to help its members navigate the wholespectrum of sustainability issues.www.thesra.orgThe British Sandwich Association is a great resource for anyone thinking of opening up asandwich shop or
  11. 11. Restaurant Organizations (Continued)The Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association (PAPA) is the only formal trade body in the UKrepresenting the broad pizza, pasta and Italian food and drink Café Society a sister organisation to PAPA and BSA, is dedicated to promoting thedevelopment of the café environment in the UK and to encouraging high standards in allaspects of the business, from coffee and tea making to Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is the representative group for the IrishRestaurant Industry, providing a wealth of benefits and services to restaurant owners.www.rai.ieThe British Franchise Association (BFA) is the voluntary self regulating governing body forfranchising industry. Whether you are looking to become a franchisee or a franchisor thisis a great place to
  12. 12. Restaurant Organizations (Continued)The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) is the leading organisation representing theUK beer and pub sector. Their members account for 98% of beer brewed in the UK andown more than half of Britains 54,000 pubs.www.beerandpub.comThe British Coffee Association (BCA) provides a representative voice for all the UK coffeetrade and industry and promotes and safeguards members interests in all matters relatingto the coffee industry.www.britishcoffeeassociation.orgThe British Association of Innkeepers (BII) is the professional body for the licensed retailsectorwww.bii.orgEstablished in 1965 as a Guild of the Cookery and Food Association, the Craft Guild ofChefs has developed into the leading Chefs’ Association in the UK and has many
  13. 13. What are the best Catering Industry Trade Shows?There are numerous National and Regional exhibitions and trade shows for restaurantowners and managers. Check out some of the following remember times and locationsmay vary.The Restaurant Show takes place in Earls Court, London every October. The line-up of liveevents see some of the UKs leading chefs demonstrate new and inspirational ideas,Restaurant Managers share their top tips on how to enhance business and Sommeliersand food experts offer advice on how to create that winning the UKs only trade show for the food-to-go market and is held inSeptember/October in Old Billingsgate, in the heart of is held every year in February at the Excel Centre in London and is one of thebiggest of all the UK Restaurant shows. Not to be missed.www.hotelympia.comThe National Restaurant Association runs an annual restaurant and hospitality industrytrade show in Chicago, This Grand Daddy of them all takes over virtually the entire city of aweek every year in
  14. 14. Catering Trade Shows (Continued)Hospitality UK is held every January at the NEC IN Birmingham incorporates not only thelargest collection of hospitality-related exhibitors in the country but also Hostec Europethe only dedicated UK hospitality technology Hot delivers the largest collection of hospitality-related exhibitors in Scotland andhappens in February every year at the SECC INè Culture is the leading trade exhibition exclusively catering for Europes growing cafébar market. Held in June at the Olympia London.www.caffeculture.comCatex is Irelands leading food service tradeshow and is held every two years at the RDSDublin in
  15. 15. Catering Trade Shows (Continued)Hotel & Catering Show is a must visit caterers, restaurant owners and hoteliers and takesplace at the Bournemouth Int. Centre in visit one of the BBC Good food shows for lots of inspiration and a chance to meetyour favourite celebrity chefs, held in October and November around the