The world is Mike’s oyster

Mike Botha, Operations Director of Tritlington-based Fresh'shrooms.
Mike Botha, Operations Director of Tritlington-based Fresh'shrooms.

A TRITLINGTON-BASED food producer has praised a workshop for helping his business to bloom.

Fresh’shrooms uses oyster mushrooms to produce sustainable, healthy food and it has its first product, Mushroo’m-Eat Rolls, ready to market.

It received useful support and advice at Building Success Stories sessions, one of the Science of Success events organised by Newcastle Science City to help develop start up entrepreneurs and established SME firms.

Operations Director Mike Botha said: “I moved from South Africa to the UK two years ago, and setting up my mushroom company and pilot plant was like going back to my first day at school.

“I had to make new business contacts and network within areas which I felt that I could gain experience and knowledge relevant to my company and the challenges I faced. The Building Success Stories event allowed me to speak to like- minded innovators and entrepreneurs. I accessed vital information about funding as well.

“Fresh’shrooms is now in a position where it can actively engage with scientists and retail giants about the products and developments within our market.

“It is great to have a resource in the region which allows you to tap into vital information you need to plug your skill gaps.”

Brought together through a collaboration between Newcastle Science City and Newcastle City Council and in partnership with the city’s universities, the Science of Success series includes showcase events, workshops, coaching sessions, entrepreneurs in residence and networking opportunities in all areas of business.

They have been put together as part of the development of the first regional Business and IP Centre, based on the British Library’s highly acclaimed model in London, which is planned for launch in Newcastle next year.

For more information and to register for future events visit