"Working with Chris Barber has been a great pleasure,
his knowledge of food, chefs and business provides a unique resource.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Leiths Food Solutions Ltd."

Henrietta Green, Food Lovers Britain

What we offer

We offer this unrivalled selection of creative and business services at a highly competitive cost. Let us know your requirements and book a free, one-hour consultation.

One to one business coaching

  • Daily rate coaching given to individuals embarking on their business careers
  • Writing and critiquing business plans
  • Analysing seed ideas
  • Offering introductions into vital networks
  • Press, marketing and PR advice

Specific skill training

  • Providing specialist high level food, drink and service training designed for post college graduates and operators seeking further career development
  • Access to training from specialists in their field – Michelin-starred sommeliers, waiters, chefs and operators

Menu development

  • Critiquing and review of food offered
  • Suggestions of improvement and redesign
  • Advice on purchasing and management of cost of sales
  • Overview of pricing and competition

Communications

  • Review of internal communication material – in-house brochures, room folders, stationery design
  • Design and implementation of menus, brochures, flyers
  • Website content and concept implementation
  • Preparation and implementation of staff training manuals, service procedures, kitchen recipe manuals

Copywriting and content provision

  • Full copywriting and editorial services
  • Ghost-writing of books and articles
  • Writing and editing of web content

Concept innovation

  • Development of restaurant and hotel projects to opening stage
  • Creation of in-house staff and directors’ dining concepts
  • Creation of food and hospitality offers for public attractions

Product development

  • Working with in-house teams, or autonomously, to provide ideas, inspiration and creation of food product ranges
  • Critiquing and comparing existing product with competition
  • Branding and positioning of products

Financial advice

  • Start-up financial guidance
  • Analysis of Profit & Loss and cash flow forecasts
  • Implementation of control systems
  • Online book keeping and filing systems
  • Provision of outsourced accounts department
  • Fund-raising for start-up or business development

Ongoing management consultancy

  • Ongoing management support for new and existing concepts
  • Experienced and impartial advice – in confidence or at management meetings
  • Brainstorming/think-tank sessions

Operational consultancy

  • Review of existing operational systems and procedures
  • Creation and implementation of new systems
  • Periodic review of systems and performance
  • Liaising with Leiths List to provide key staff

Kitchen design

  • Preparation of draft plans alongside client
  • Financial assessment and on-going cost-management liaison with kitchen installer
  • Retrospective payments to Leiths Food Solutions Ltd for introductions

Business development

  • Advise on fund-raising for capital injection or site development
  • Review of potential acquisitions
  • Advice on feasibility of business expansion and format
  • Gathering business information and reports

Chefs’ media agents

  • Exploring and introducing TV opportunities
  • Media advice and training
  • Co-authoring articles for consumer magazines and national newspapers

Mystery dining and profile advice

  • Anonymous site visits to assess, offering true reflection of how a national critic would report
  • Low cost, professional and confidential report delivered on food, service, decor, pricing and media strategy
  • Preparation of PR activity
  • Advice on appointment of PR company