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Grow Your Business in Food and Drink


If you are just starting a business in food and drink or have been up and running for a while but want to maximise your potential, don’t miss this essential event.

FDF has gathered together an impressive line-up of industry experts in finance, insurance, law, PR and digital media to help you, together with advice from FDF on shopper trends and how to exploit them.

Find out more about this advice-packed day

Registration opens at 9am

Session One - Market & Shopper Trends & What this might mean for your products

9:45 - Chairman's Introduction
Steve Barnes, Economic and Commercial Services Director, FDF

9:50 - A Paradigm Shift - Retail change and the implications for suppliers
Steve Barnes

10:05 - Shopper Trends & how to exploit them
Mike Watkins, Nielsen

10:20 -The Foodservice Opportunity - Finding your way, avoiding the pitfalls
Peter Backman, Horizon

10:35 - The Retail Opportunity - How to find the right partner 
Catherine Pintilie, Sainsbury's

11:05 - Networking

Session Two - Legislation & Regulation - Why it matters and how to stay outside

11:30 - The Legislative Landscape - What is the UK framework, the key bodies and the risks to be aware of
Barbara Gallani, Regulatory, Science and Health Director, FDF

11:45 - Labelling - Tips on getting it right first time - Geoff Brown, Ashbury Labelling

12:00 - Financing the early stage and the world of tax - What support is out there, how do you secure it and top tips on tax
Martin Lambert, Grant Thornton UK LLP

12:15 - Case Study: How I made the industry work for my business
Julie Waddell, Love Moorish

12:30 - Panel Discussion

12:50 - Chairman's Summary

12:55 - Lunch & Networking

Session Three - Practical Workshops

14:00 How do you get your brand noticed
Lucy Melling, MSL Group

14:20 Managing potential pitfalls of social media

Wie-men Ho, Principal Associate, Eversheds

 14:40 To insure or not to insure - why should risk management sit at the heart of plans for a new venture

Dr Grant Foster, AON

15:00 Business Planning - What do you need to secure financing for a new venture
Roy Bawden, RBS

15:20 Drinks Reception

16:00 Event Close

Organiser: Susie Welland, 020 7420 7149, susie.welland@fdf.org.uk