News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) hosted a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, May 9th, at the BEDC Training Room on Church Street. The “Recipe for Success: A Guide to the BEDC Commercial Kitchen Program” session targeted local entrepreneurs and culinary enthusiasts, offering insights into operating successfully in Bermuda’s food service sector.

The event featured presentations by William Spriggs and Chelsea Warren from BEDC’s Economic & Cooperative Development Unit and Corrinda Liyanage from the Department of Health. They provided an overview of the BEDC Commercial Kitchen program, focusing on health and safety regulations such as licensing, approvals, and inspections crucial for culinary businesses.

In addition, the speakers discussed upcoming rental opportunities within the BEDC and Bermuda College Commercial Kitchen space. They covered the rental timeline, application process, and the advantages of utilizing these facilities for new and expanding businesses.

Currently, BEDC offers subleasing opportunities in two commercial kitchens, Bethel Church and Pathways, which have limited capacity and are showcased on BEDC’s website. These kitchens are equipped with stainless steel appliances and storage options. Those interested in learning more about these offerings and how BEDC can support their food service needs should complete an interest application form at www.bedc.bm. Upon submission, a representative from the BEDC team will contact them within 48 hours.

Bermuda College’s new commercial kitchens are undergoing renovations and will be available for sublease within the next few months. Additionally, the ECD unit is actively seeking new commercial kitchen rental facilities to partner with and include in its offerings.

Erica Smith, Executive Director of the BEDC, commented: “Thursday’s Lunch & Learn session shows BEDC’s commitment to supporting Bermuda’s small business ecosystem. We provide our entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources they need for success.”

William Spriggs, Director of Economic & Cooperative Development at BEDC, specifically highlighted the dual focus of the Commercial Kitchen program: “Our goal with the Commercial Kitchen program is not only to ensure that kitchen operators and food entrepreneurs understand and adhere to health regulations but also to create opportunities for them to access commercial kitchen spaces.”

The event also facilitated networking, allowing attendees to connect with industry peers and leaders, which is vital for building relationships within the local culinary community.

This session is part of BEDC’s ongoing series aimed at supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in Bermuda. It highlights BEDC’s role in providing valuable education and support services that help businesses start, grow, and succeed.

For more information about upcoming events or to learn more about BEDC’s services, please visit www.bedc.bm.

About BEDC Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is Bermuda’s premier source of free, confidential business advice for entrepreneurs. The mission is to serve Bermuda’s local business community with the highest degree of professionalism by providing authoritative business advice, counsel, and loan guarantee support. Bermuda Business Starts Here!