Founders of Startisans shortlisted for Young British Foodies Awards 2015

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Alex and Kitty Shepherd, the sisters behind Startisans, the artisan food market that supports budding start-up food businesses wanting to trade in London, are celebrating having been shortlisted in the ‘Honorary’ category at the Young British Foodies Awards 2015.

They have been recognised for their dedication to championing foodie start-ups from across the UK and for promoting the new wave of Great British food, artisanal techniques, creativity and craftsmanship, as well as the people behind it.

Alex Shepherd, co-founder of Startisans, says: “We were thrilled to hear that we’d been shortlisted in the honorary category. As the awards are run and judged by highly influential people in the food industry in the UK it’s given us a real buzz for the work we do. At our markets we regularly promote Great British food from across the UK. We’ve also hosted the Irish food board at our Chelsea site and held a Highlands and Islands craft beer festival in Covent Garden.

“We’ve developed a framework for small food businesses to be able to bring their ideas to market without the large overheads of opening an actual shop. It’s extremely rewarding to work with these innovative businesses and offer these great products, often at the forefront of emerging food trends, to consumers.”

The awards, now in their fourth year, recognise the emerging stars of the new British food scene. The categories are – baking; chefs; meat; alcohol; street food; food writing; vegetable; and honorary. Judges include influential food writers, such as Tracey MacLeod of The Independent, and top chefs, such as Claude Bosi of Hibiscus. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday 15 September at Tate Britain, London.

Startisans provides a launch pad for budding artisans within the food industry to set up shop in London and expand their business. With over 40 years food expertise behind this venture and multiple opportunities to trade and promote startups across london, it’s success has seen over 120 new food businesses pass through its doors since it launched last year.