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Network Event

Farm to Fork, 28th Sept, York Organiser: Made It York

The conference will feature inspirational stories and case studies about entering the market and growing a business in food and drink production. Hear from experts on the future of the industry in Yorkshire, the importance of research and development in growing your business and how to make the most of export opportunities and find your place in the much sought after supply chain. You will also hear first-hand from smaller companies who have made a success of growing their business.

What you will find at the event:

The conference will feature inspirational stories and case studies about entering the market and growing a business in food and drink production.

What you might want to look elsewhere for:

Informal networking events, skills work-shopping.

Event details

Event Date: 28.09.2016
Start time: 08:30
End time: 14:30
Cost: £22 until 15th Aug, £30 general admission
Venue: Park Inn by Radisson Hotel
Postcode: YO1 6JF

What’s the benefit of attending:

Provide opportunities for local York companies involved with food and drink production/retailing with networking opportunities.

What’s the structure of the event:

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

9.00 – 9.10 MIY Welcome

9.10 – 9.30 F&D Economic Overview – Ian Wright CBE

Director General F&D Federation

9.50 – 10.10 Richard Wood - Nestle – The importance and benefits of R&D

10.10– 10.20 Judy Bell MBE - Sherperds Purse, Artisan Cheese Producer

10.20 – 10.30 Phil Clayton  - Haxby Bakehouse

10.30 – 10.40 Craig Lee - Rudgate Brewery

10.40 – 11.00 Steve Mosey - Morrisons – Getting to the right market

11.00 – 11.25 Break

11.25 – 11.45 James Cain - Harrogate Water Brand

11.45 – 13.00 Speaker Panel–  Chair Chris Scott Food and Drink Specialist  KPMG

Harrogate Spring, Food & Drink Federation Seabrook Crisps, York Cocoa House, UKTI and Nestle

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch and networking

Things you need to know about the event:

Session 1 Introduction and Innovation

Understanding the size, scale and future of food and drink production is fundamental in order to take advantage of the opportunities. Hear how innovation can have an impact in your business.

Food and Drink Federation - Ian Wright CBE - Director General F&D Federation

Ian will speak about the size and scale of food and drink manufacturing, and identify future threats and opportunities including the impact of Brexit

Mike Wray – Director of Government relations - FERA

York is home to 2 National Centres of Excellence: Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL).What have they got to offer local businesses?  

Richard Wood – Group Leader Nutrition R&D - Nestle

It doesn’t pay to stand still and Richard will discuss the latest R&D trends and technologies. What are the benefits of R&D and how businesses stay ahead of the curve.


Session 2- Serious about Growth from Small Beginnings

Small and artisan businesses face many challenges in growing their business. These businesses have all started small but grew to become successful enterprises. Hear about the challenges each faced and how they overcame them.

Shepherd’s Purse Cheese - Judy Bell MBE, Director –– Award winning family run artisan cheese producing supplier that refused to follow the herd. Hear Judy’s inspirational story and how she built the business.

Haxby BakehousePhil Clayton Director - Phil switched from the manager of a mega-store to what really interested him; baking. He now gets through more than a tonne of flour a week. Hear his story and what drove him to become a premier artisan baker

Rudgate BreweryCraig Lee - Director - How do you grow from a small start up business to the CAMRA Overall Champion Beer of Britain for 2009? Hear his story and what it takes to be a success in a competitive sector.


Session 3 – Serious about Getting Your Products out there

Where is your market and how will you showcase your products? What do you need to know about getting to the right buyers and outlets? Are retail outlets the best route for your products?

Steve Mosey - Trading Director Wholesale – Wm Morrisons PlcHear from an expert on how to get your products to market. As a growing business, how do you penetrate an organisation the size of Morrisons?

James Cain – CEO Harrogate Water Brands -

The Harrogate Spring brand has shown exceptional growth in the last few years. Hear form James about how they went about growing the business. What’s their secret?

Panel – Facilitated by Chris Scott – Food and Drink Specialist – Partner KPMG

Harrogate Spring, Food & Drink Federation, Seabrook Crisps, York Cocoa House, UKTI and Nestle.

The panellists will tell you a little about themselves and their respective companies before taking questions and discussing;

  • The Outlook going forward

  • How can we become more competitive

  • Major trends and current challenges

  • Future Opportunities

Lunch and Networking

Who is Made It York?

Make It York in association with Harrowells Solicitors, Yorkshire Water and EON

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