Hello! We are Martin and Rachel, and we came up with the idea to create Snack Garden. A vegan food outlet which provides healthy, fast and freshly prepared food for on-the-go consumption. We are going to be based in the Westend of Glasgow to begin with but have further ambitions of having multiple locations and having Snack Garden's up and down the country.
Our idea manifested from our interests and lifestyles. By having diabetes and food intolerances between us, we both know how difficult it is to find food (preferably healthy!) suitable to our needs. So we decided to start our own business.
It was in 2016 when we both met each other through work and a year later when we decided to become business partners. We connected through our joint interest in living and adapting to healthier lifestyles. This is when we wanted to take the risk and start something new, and to pursue our passion for leading healthy lifestyles and business.
Rachel has 6 years of experience in handling food in the retail and hospitality industry, and from this has undergone health and hygiene training. She has recently graduated from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management with Marketing.
Martin currently has over 20 years of experience managing food operations within a well known American wholesaler in the UK. This includes opening brand new stores and successfully building up and running internal food businesses within the warehouse. He also has experience working and directing small teams and teams with over 150+ people. Martin also has a Level 4 Advanced hygiene qualification gained with the C.I.E.H and now certified by Highfield, and a Train the Trainer Level 3 which allows him to teach in-house Level 2 and 3 hygiene courses.
Snack Garden is a vegan food outlet which provides healthy, fast and freshly prepared food for on-the-go consumption. The products that we will be producing will include a range of freshly prepared juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls and juice shots, along with healthy snacks, a salad bar, sandwiches and hot drinks which will provide choices suitable to those who are vegan and gluten free.
We aim to stock as many gluten free items as we can, however not everything can be gluten free.
Our customers will also have the option to add additions into their smoothies or smoothie bowls. This will be in the form of superfood and protein powders for an additional price on top of the price of the product. Our salad bar will be prepared first thing every morning, offering a selection of different salad options, depending on the season.
We aim to prepare the majority of our food products on our own premises, as well as outsourcing some produced food products which fall into our vegan image. The kind of products we wish to outsource at the beginning of our business venture are sandwiches, wraps and a selection of snack products such as crisps, raw vegan and gluten free cakes and snack bars along with a wide variety of waters, juices, teas and coffees.
Our first premises is going to be based in the Westend of Glasgow. Our plan is to start off with a small venue and as our business and profit grows we aim to purchase larger premises with in house seating.
We also hope to stock a range of products such as superfoods and protein powders for our customers to purchase. We are also exploring the hemp and CBD oil market.
We aim to use recyclable and compostable packaging where possible.
When it comes to our goals for Snack Garden we have no limit. Our goal is to become a well known brand up and down the country, having Snack Garden’s in all major cities, towns, airports and train stations reaching and supplying delicious good food to as many people as we can. We want to become the first vegan cafe establishment, nationwide, to become a successful brand within the UK. One day, to be international.
In our first year of business we hope to have at least two Snack Garden premises up and running within Glasgow. From there, we want to continue building our brand and looking out for possible premises in which we can purchase to continue growing, such as Edinburgh and further afield.
In our first few years of business we aim to have several Snack Garden cafes open up and down the country. It is our goal to become a well known national and international brand. We also wish to continue growing our menu, and offering a varied and wide selection of food products that our customers want to purchase, taking their feedback on board and growing the business from there. Money generated within the company will be reinvested back into the business. It will be used for a variety of causes such as purchasing more premises. As our business grows, we aim to grow our team, by hiring creative individuals who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in creating food products so that we can continually push ourselves to create food items that will make us stand out from our competitors. One of our main aims is to be recognised as a leader in the vegan food market.
What A Successful Crowdfunder Will Allow Us To Do?
- - Secure our very first premises
- - Getting the business started by acquiring the equipment and staff required to achieve this
- - Reach more people via marketing and advertising
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our Crowdfunder page and for your support!!
Martin and Rachel