Foodprint Store Opening

30th November 2017

After two years of hard work we are delighted to announce Foodprint is finally opening on Saturday 2nd December at 101 Sneinton Road. We would love for you to join us between 11:30 and 5:00 in celebrating the start of our operations as Nottinghams’s first social supermarket. Our store opening will be a memorable occasion with an opportunity to meet not only the Foodprint team but the Sheriff of Nottingham who will cutting a ribbon at 12:00 to commemorate this special day. We will be providing refreshments and you will be able to find out more about how we aim to help the community. Upon arriving you will surely sense a community feeling as we have been busy decorating the shop to provide a comfortable environment. We hope you enjoy this day and share our experience of belonging to something truly unique in Nottingham.
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Ford Grant
28th September 2017
A massive thank you to Ford for granting us £5,000 pounds to put our vision forward! During the Enactus World Cup in London, our team took some time off and headed to the Ford UK Head offices to present our project to a team of execs. Just the opportunity to do so humbled us, and just the opportunity to testing our project in front of season business-people seemed like an exceptional opportunity. The presentation went well and we were satisfied with the results as well as the feedback. Soon after the presentation however we got notice that we were receiving a £5,000 grant from Ford UK, getting us closer to making our vision a reality and to cover start-up costs. This whole event, together with the opportunity to see other incredible social enterprises under the Enactus umbrella at the World Cup, truly made this a very special weekend for Foodprint!
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Shortlisted For Green Gown Awards
1st September 2017
We are beyond excited! A while ago we applied for consideration to the Green Gown Awards under the category Food and Drink. The Green Gown Awards are an international organisation recognising and awarding Sustainability initiatives being taken in education centres such as Universities and Colleges. The University of Nottingham, specifically Enactus Nottingham and all its enterprises have always prided themselves on the sustainability of their businesses. After all, the enactus mantra has always been about creating a better, more sustainable world. Emboldened by the massive sustainability prospects of our project in the local food and drink industry, we decided to apply to showcase our idea. We thought worst case scenarios we were able to at least share our initiative. However just a few weeks ago we got the good news, we progressed onto the final stage of the awards! To simply be recognised by the organisations is a price in itself, but to be showcased on their website as one of the finalists under this category has us ecstatic! There is still a lot of work to be done for Foodprint but this recognition makes us confident that we are able to continue to grow and even make it through the second stage of the Awards.
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Publicity Boom

22nd May 2017

As part of our marketing campaign, team members Elis and Nicolas reached out to a range of newspapers and radio stations to try and get the word out. After receiving a call from Rachel Gorman from Nottingham Post asking for more information about the project we were excited to see the first article on Foodprint released the following day. 

The snowball started rolling and by 4pm of that day we had received calls from The Grocor Magazine, BBC Nottingham, Notts TV, had a reporter from Gem 106 come round to do a prerecorded interview and been booked in for a slot on BBC Radio Nottingham! 

With a range of new press contacts asking to let them know when the shop opens to the public and donations to our jumpstart flooding in we couldn’t be more grateful or excited for the launch! 

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Portland Mystery Bags

8th May 2017

Armed with one hundred paper bags and a range of chocolate bars, sweets, capri-suns, fruit and hula hopps, the Foodprint team set up a stall in Portland Building on University Park. Stapled closed ‘mystery bags’ were sold for £1.50 each with the main objective of spreading the word about our project. All the bags contained business cards and we directed people towards our Jumpstart/ Facebook page wherever possible. We received a huge amount of support from staff and students alike, often getting donations without them taking a bag! We also were lucky enough to talk to people working in the university catering team, the sustainability team and the volunteering centre!

It was a really good chance to start telling people about what we are trying to set up and the positive feedback we received was very motivating. In total we raised £187.45 including donations- thank you so much to everyone that supported and to the team members that helped out!

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Jumpstart Campaign Launch!

8th May 2017

After weeks of filming, script writing, networking and planning, Foodprint have published their Jumpstart campaign. We were lucky enough to get support directly from the Jumpstart UoN team who helped put the finishing touches on the project. We have a detailed marketing plan for the next few weeks to help spread the word and have organised a competition- the supporter that reaches the most people will receive a food & drink care package- this will include a litre of vodka, two bottles of wine, 5kg of Haribo, caterpillar cake, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, two Pizza Express pizzas & much more!

To become a supporter, simply click the link to our Jumpstart page bellow, click on the supporters tab, click the thumbs up and share your personalised link! Help us hit the ground running in the race to end food waste.

https://jumpstart.hubbub.net/p/foodprint/

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Selected for Ingenuity 17 Top 20!

27th March 2017

Armed with one hundred paper bags and a range of chocolate bars, sweets, capri-suns, fruit and hula hopps, the Foodprint team set up a stall in Portland Building on University Park. Stapled closed ‘mystery bags’ were sold for £1.50 each with the main objective of spreading the word about our project. All the bags contained business cards and we directed people towards our Jumpstart/ Facebook page wherever possible. We received a huge amount of support from staff and students alike, often getting donations without them taking a bag! We also were lucky enough to talk to people working in the university catering team, the sustainability team and the volunteering centre!

It was a really good chance to start telling people about what we are trying to set up and the positive feedback we received was very motivating. In total we raised £187.45 including donations- thank you so much to everyone that supported and to the team members that helped out!

Foodprint Attends Ingenuity 17 Conference

17th-19th February 2017

In preparation of submitting our business plan to the ingenuity lab competition in the hope of receiving funding, foodprint were invited to attend a conference held in Trent Building. We were lucky enough to hear talks from a wide range of inspirational entrepreneurs including Mitchell Fasanya (Fanbytes), Sarah Iqbal (Biotaware) and Rob Carroll (Hayden Green Institute) to name a few. The importance of learning to work with other people and organisations rather than against them was a key theme throughout the talks alongside the necessity of  both flexibility and perseverance.

The Ingenuity lab also offered us a chance to meet in small groups and talk to other entrepreneurs about their and our business ideas. A particularly impressive business idea we got to hear about in depth involved a fully automated driving test designed to combat corrupt driver licencing in Kenya that has resulted in more road fatalities than deaths from malaria. Presenting our business plan in this group setting meant that we not only practised pitching our ideas but also received very useful feedback and ideas from an outsider perspective.

Overall, the weekend was extremely interesting and inspiring, we aim to incorporate what we have learnt into the core principles of our business and hope the lab likes our business plan! 

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