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Julian Metcalfe



Met with Jenny Dawson, Matt Sadler, Caroline Angus

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Julian Metcalfe is the co-founder of Pret A Manger and founder of itsu and Metcalfe's Food Company.

Pret A Manger has over 400 shops worldwide operating in New York, Boston, Chicago, Paris, Hong Kong and the UK. Julian opened the first Pret in Victoria in central London in 1986.

itsu, founded in 1999, has paved the way for light, healthy Asian inspired food on the go. Julian's goal is for itsu to be the first truly healthy, fast food concept making delicious light food on site and providing a contemporary, attractive ambience for customers.

Julian started Metcalfe's Food Company in 2009 initially to make popcorn to sell to itsu and Pret. Metcalfe's Food Company is more than just a popcorn company and has two brands (itsu [grocery] and Metcalfe's skinny).

Julian lives in London with his wife Brooke and 7 children.

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Jenny Dawson

Jenny Dawson

Rubies in the Rubble


Thank you!

Julian was wonderfully honest and had an amazing empathy and understanding for our position. He was a great listener with ideas that felt balanced and achievable for us. We really valued his time. 

Matt Sadler

Matt Sadler

Two Fingers Brewing Co


Everything you could ask for.

Julian is everything you could ask for in an expert: accomplished, bright, friendly, fair, honest and enthusiastic. I've come away with bags of ideas, energy and determination to bring back to the team.

Caroline Angus

Caroline Angus

The Gravity Light Foundation

Co-Founder and Commercial Director

Reassuring and liberating advice.

Julian offered reassuring and liberating advice - being an entrepreneur is organised chaos! It was a pleasure to learn from such a serially successful entrepreneur and hear his tips on how to take GravityLight to the next stage.


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