Why us?

The Sector


The hospitality and tourism sector is under huge pressure from above and below, and as a business leader it’s hard to keep on top of changing customer needs and behaviours, local community and city developments, tech advances and employee expectations while managing and growing your business alongside the ever-increasing competition. Employing full time expertise is difficult and with ever changing needs it can be a huge burden on a business’ budget. Blackbird box was created to offer affordable toolbox services to support independent businesses and start-ups, helping them tell their story, raise their profile, develop their systems and internal operations, strengthen their team and training solutions, understand the growing needs of their business and make it sustainable.

The Founder - Olivia Reid

Olivia Reid - Food, Tourism, Restaurant Consultant

  After over 25 years working in the restaurant sector specialising in independents and half of that working with arts, theatre and tourism initiatives alongside, Olivia has a vast pool of knowledge, contacts 

and experience alongside courage and enthusiasm to 

help restauranteurs, food enterprises and tourism initiatives 

 see their potential become a reality. 

Working as a project manager, training manager, marketer, commercial and general manager means Olivia has seen and dealt with all possible scenarios and learnt the best approach to resolve and deliver solutions - operational or marketing, one of many reasons she was awarded ‘outstanding recognition’ at the Brighton and Hove Food & Drink awards in 2015. 

Most recent positions include: 

GM - The Salt Room; Commercial Manager – Terre a Terre;

 Vice – Chair Brighton Destination Experience Group; 

Chair - Brighton Restaurant Association.

What We Do

Blueprint of ideas - what can we do for you?

Your business is all about People, Product, Place 

and all three need to shine bright. 

Think of us as part of your team, bridging the skills gap consulting and looking into the heart of the business, finding the weakness and creating solutions to strengthen and develop. With many years’ experience in operational and marketing, we know how to talk your language - what works and what doesn't. 

Offering short clinics to full workshops and ongoing support we identify the business gaps and deliver solutions. Working through a process of internal and online business analysis, value process workshops and mentoring with the management team to assess where employees and managers can rise to customer expectation and develop team strength and assist with marketing development.