MIV Catch Up - Duncan Swainsbury, Bounceback Food

Duncan Swainsbury, founder of social enterprise Bounceback Food, joined us on Twitter for #MIVReveals on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

Duncan used his experience of volunteering in foodbanks and admiration of the ‘one for one’ business model to create a social enterprise that would tackle food poverty. Bounceback Food sells a range of pasta, rice, tinned food, soup and cereal, matching every purchase with a like for like donation to your nearest FareShare/Trussell Trust foodbank.

@BouncebackFood Thanks for joining us today. Can you tell us about Bounceback Food and what you do? #MIVReveals

We are a #socent that supports foodbanks by selling food on a 'buy 1, give 1' basis - we also teach people how to cook! #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood Can you tell us about your background Duncan and what inspired you to set up your #socialenterprise? #MIVReveals

I was inspired by @TOMS and used my experience of volunteering in foodbanks to get @BouncebackFood started #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood When was Bounceback Food formed and what is your aim? #MIVReveals

We trialed the idea at a Christmas market in Broughton, Salford in 2014 and have grown from there - our aim is to help end #foodpoverty in the UK #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood Can you explain how Bounceback works? #MIVReveals

We match every product you buy with a like for like donation to your nearest @FareShareUK or @TrussellTrust #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood What type of products do you sell? #MIVReveals

We sell a range of pasta, rice, soup, cereal and tinned food at market events across the North West #MIVReveals #Manchester #Cheshire

@BouncebackFood What kind of #businesssupport - financial or #mentoring - have you received in #Manchester? #MIVReveals

We've had support from the brilliant @SSENorthWest and @UnLtd  #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood What have been the biggest challenges of setting up your #socialenterprise? #MIVReveals

When you #startup you're in charge of every aspect of the business - the variety of tasks can be challenging! #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood What has been your proudest moment in #business so far? #MIVReveals

Last weekend with support from our customers we reached the 15,000 meal mark @altrinchammkt #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood What does the future hold? Any exciting plans we should keep an eye out for? #MIVReveals

We're launching our new online store in the coming months and currently piloting @BouncebackEd #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood Finally, what advice would you give to other #socialentrepreneurs looking to set up their own business? #MIVReveals

Do your market research, define your mission/core values then embrace the challenges of being a #startup! #MIVReveals

@BouncebackFood Thanks so much for joining us Duncan Swainsbury.  We wish you every success with your future ventures #MIVReveals


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