Dinner with John Stapleton, Co-founder of New Covent Garden Soup Co

In Person
May 23, 2024
Business Growth


“If you don’t experience adversity, you’re not putting yourself out there enough.”

John Stapleton.

Join us for an insightful dinner with John Stapleton, fellow Helm member and founder extraordinaire!

Over an intimate dinner at The Savoy, John will share his remarkable journey from a setback that shattered his Olympic dreams to founding successful ventures like the New Covent Garden soup company and Little Dish.

This event will be an ideal opportunity to hear from a seasoned founder on how resilience, perseverance and belief in one's product can transform adversity into advantage.

John will also share insights from his own experiences, emphasising the importance of maintaining a cool head and unwavering self-belief in the face of challenges. Embracing this mindset will not only contribute towards recession-proofing your business, but also help you outpace the competition and thrive!

As always, you will have plenty of time to ask John any pertinent questions you may have.

Meet our Special Guest:

John is an investor & Non-Executive Director providing value-added business growth advice, guidance and mentoring to business owners.

John is a business thought leader and delivers keynotes on a range of entrepreneurial, management & motivational leadership topics: www.johnstapleton.eu/keynote-topics. John is resident business advisor to Bord Bia’s entrepreneurial start-up programme in Ireland and is investor director at Mission Ventures, a progressive business accelerator designed to build challenger brands in the UK, principally through Corporate Venture Partnerships (www.missionventures.co.uk).

In 1987 John co-founded The New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd which pioneered and grew the fresh soup category in the UK. Daniels PLC bought New Covent Garden Soup Co in 1998. John then co-founded Glencoe Foods Inc., to bring the fresh soup concept to the US. In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year old. Little Dish created the chilled toddler food category for fresh toddler food and healthy snacks. John successfully exited Little Dish in 2017.

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