Expression of Interest - Co-shared Kitchen
Maldives is currently seeing a gradual increase in small scale young food entrepreneurs popping up to fill nascent demands for healthier, fresh and more sustainable specialty foods with an artisan touch of locality. This is also concomitant with the rise in income levels seen especially in the capital city that underpins the demand for healthier and sustainably sourced dietary alternatives.

The main issue these food startups face is that they are usually home-based workers where producing large amounts of food at home is almost next to impossible, if not running dangerously afoul of the law which requires FDA approval of any space that is being used to produce food for commercial purposes. The other alternative is to rent a space to accommodate mass production which not only requires paying a hefty monthly rent but also requires commercial grade equipment and high upfront costs which creates a significant barrier to growth for food entrepreneurs. Furthermore, food startups foster the development of culinary skills and stimulates interest in these areas which can enable tourist resorts to hire and retain local culinary talents as the main challenge in the tourism industry is the lack of supply of local talents in the food and beverage industry.

Considering these challenges, Business Centre Corporation plans to build a co shared kitchen facility in Hulhumale, that would be the first of its kind, licensed and fully equipped food grade commercial kitchen to assist these businesses looking to leave their test kitchen at home and grow with ease.

Thank you for taking your valuable time to fill this form.

Your answers will help us design a co-shared kitchen (or a commercial kitchen) that best suits your needs and determine the most appropriate model that could offer affordable rates to all the interested and potential parties. The information that you provide here will be kept private and confidential.

You may also share any ideas you have on this in the last part of the form.
1. What best describes your business? Please select one *
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2. How long have you been in the business? *
3. How many employees do you have?
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4. How interested would you be in using a fully equipped co-shared kitchen in Hulhumale’?
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5. How frequently would you use the co-shared kitchen (hours per day)?
6. How frequently would you use the co-shared kitchen (days a week)?
7. What time of the day would you be mostly using the facility (weekdays)?
8. What time of the day would you be mostly using the facility (weekend)?
9. What type of access would you prefer to the facility? *
10. How much would you be willing to pay for an hour (maximum) for the use of the facility? Give your answer in MVR. *
11. What type of equipment, appliances and tools do you require to produce your items? Please select a maximum of 15. *
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12. Which additional services might you require? Please prioritise by choosing either “Essential” or “Useful – optional” [please rotate your phone if you are not able to view all the columns] *
Essential - must have
Useful – optional
Access to storage (cold and dry)
Co-packing Services
Food Photography
Food Procurement (access to specialty products, quality ingredients)
Promotions/Marketing
Retail distribution
Partnership/Collaboration/Networking with other like-minded businesses
13. Do you have any questions or comments?
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