Business name: Quickmunch
Name: Patience Mhindi
Please tell us about your business/project
Quickmunch is an online food delivery service that caters for budget food and meal for one customers. It is a service designed to be affordable, efficient and gives a variety of options to different food diets.
What inspired you to start your own business/project?
The idea came about from my own needs as a busy student and busy young professional. There aren’t any online services that offer an online food delivery service to cater for one person, or delivery for orders under £15 or £10. It was through identifying this gap that I though about solving this problem.
What was your biggest fear about starting your business and how have you overcome it?
The biggest fear was not having any experience of running a business and risk of losing money in investing in a business as it may fail. To overcome this , I started reading and educating myself on Entrepreneurial content , focussing on success and pitfalls , then trying to adopt this into my business and circumstances
What are you most proud of? – e.g. personal milestones, awards, sales, awareness increase, positive feedback.
I am very proud that this is a service that people especially students appreciate. Accessing takeaway food is a big problem, particularly based on the locations of halls of residents compared to food outlets and providing access that offers something different and affordable is something that customers really value.
How does your business differ from others? What’s your USP (unique selling point)?
There aren’t any online services in the market currently that offer an online food delivery service to cater for one person or delivery without a minimum charge.
How did you come up with your business name and branding imagery?
The business name had to describe exactly what the business does, which is to provide food fast. We had to incorporate this into the branding, and our logo is of a delivery driver, with a clock to emulate how we would like to be identified. Timely and efficient.
How have you promoted or marketed your business?
Mainly through leaflets at Fresher’s week. We also put posters on the university bus and occasionally some Facebook advertising.
Looking back, what would you have done differently with your business/project?
I would have taken more time to plan my goals before executing as I have had to stop business on a few occasions which is not good for consistency with customers.
Where do you want to be in 5 years?
In 5 years I would like for the business to be an instinct part of the student community nationwide. I would like for Quickmunch to be the known and be the default food delivery service in the whole of United Kingston. I hope the growth Quickmunch can facilitate other ideals I have to start social enterprises and also to offer back to the community and students.
How has/did University support you in developing and growing your business/project?
The university has been supportive in conducting talks and competitions where we can develop our ideas further. We have had accelerator weekends, access to mentors and great opportunities for networking.
Why do you believe enterprise skills are important? Please give us a brief quote.
“Enterprise skills involve intuitive decision making and coping with uncertainty and complexity. These skills can be adapted in life situations to create a strong sense of independence and self belief. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”