Limited Edition is a free business skills course which we created in collaboration with Gloucester Services to give aspiring food producers within the communities we work alongside the opportunity to create a product from scratch to be sold in the Farmshops of the motorway services.
Limited Edition 2023 took place over the summer, and the product the participants created – the Milk Loaf with Fenugreek – has been produced by our friends at Hobbs House Bakery is on sale in the Gloucester Services Farmshops from 26th September. We’ve been lucky enough to taste it, and it’s delicious!
The team’s inspiration for a milk loaf stemmed from childhood memories of light and fluffy freshly baked bread, adding fenugreek for its health benefits and to acknowledge the diversity of Gloucester, and the team themselves.
Originally from the Philippines, Viva O’Flynn moved to the UK in 2018 and started her own business.
Viva said: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to develop my business skills for free, it has been inspiring and life changing. I have been to Gloucester Services many times and imagined what it would be like to have my products sold there. Taking part in the Limited Course has helped me to understand what buyers are looking for and I have learnt so much from the tutor and the other participants. I wish more people could experience this course.”
Now they’re scone
Our first Limited Edition course in 2022 – which was also run in collaboration with Gloucester Services and Hobbs House Bakery – saw participants from the GEM Project create the ‘GEM Scones’, which celebrated local produce with the use of local apples and Double Gloucester cheese in the ingredients.
Participant Rich, a former rugby player and coach who signed up to the GEM Project after he was diagnosed with health problems that affected his mental and physical health.
“When I first started the course, I was very nervous and unsure what to expect. After four solid weeks of tutoring from Charlie Marwood of the Engine on various key business points and strategies I felt both me and the group all developed well in business and our confidence grew enough to produce a tasty item for sale at the services.”
The GEM Scones were on sale as a Limited Edition product in the Gloucester Services Farmshop during November and December 2022 and sold over 600 packs.
Making dreams a reality
Both courses have been possible thanks to a fantastic collaboration with Hobbs House Bakery, who have been an integral part of the participants learning, as well as being part of the judging panel and most importantly, producing the final product.
The courses have been delivered by local social enterprise The Engine CIC who are based in Dursley.
Producers of the future
Are you a Gloucestershire-based aspiring producer – be that food, lifestyle products or other items – and feel you would benefit from improving your business skills and taking part in a future Limited Edition course? You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest or find out more.