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“Why I simply love working with food start-ups”

“Pick an area that’s either a hobby of yours or something you invest in yourself day-to-day, be that time or money,” says Nat Cooper, freelance start-up consultant. “That’s what’s always worked for me. Thinking about products I really like, reaching out and seeing what the opportunity is.”

And it is an approach that has worked wonders for Nat.

Her career has seen her work with a number of different start-ups within the food and drink industry, and for the past few years she has been able to go it alone as a consultant.

She also does regular work as Head of OOH at the crisp-making company Simply Roasted.

But, as we often find on the Career Conversations podcast series, her career path looked like it would go in a very different direction when she first started out.

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“I was really interested in the property sector and ended up doing real estate management at university,” she says. “I ended up trying to explore a couple of other industries and stumbled across a position at a food and drink brand.”

That brand was Vita Coco and Nat says she loved working there: “Like most entry level roles, you end up getting into anything and everything to do with the business.”

One highlight saw her representing the company at London Fashion Week: “I could get into quite a lot of VIP areas. I felt very cool and important at the grand old age of 23!”

Despite enjoying her time at Vita Coco, she decided she needed a break from London life, wanted to learn to surf, and to do more yoga. So she booked a one-way flight to Morocco.

Nat still managed to find relevant work out there and after six months she returned to the UK having already lined up a new role at a start-up coffee company.

Listen to the full episode to find out how and why Nat moved from being employed to being a consultant, what the OOH stands for in her job title, and why she describes Simply Roasted as “more than just a client”.

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Happy eating!

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Nat Cooper, Startup Consultant and Head of OOH, Simply Roasted

After 10 years of sales and marketing roles within fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and working for the likes of Vita Coco, Doisy & Dam, and Modern Standard Coffee, Nat is now Head of OOH for Simply Roasted crisps as well as mentoring founder-led businesses.

Nat is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable sales professional and offers valuable insight into the often-intimidating world of sales and account management.

Nat is a passionate foodie and conscious consumer, with a particular interest in start-ups and challenger brands.

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Startup Consultant and Head of OOH, Simply Roasted

I got made redundant in the pandemic. It might have seemed like the worst time to launch a freelance consulting business, but it's been great.

Nat Cooper