Food firms step up to the plate

Food firms step up to the plate
Robert Bullock runs Le Patissier, a high-end bakery that produces French pastries, cakes and dessertsMaura Hickey

The food sector is booming, but challenges remain for those entrepreneurs working within it.

Robert Bullock doesn’t hesitate when he’s asked what the most challenging part of running a food business in Ireland is. “Cashflow,” he says. “Cashflow is a nightmare. It’s only in the last few months that it has started to become a little less of a nightmare, but it is still a huge challenge.”

Bullock is one of the thousands of people who have started a food business in this country over the...

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