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Business Visits - Inspection Reform: Breaking Down Barriers to Trade and Investment

Better Regulation Delivery Office

Thursday, 11 September 2014 from 00:00 to 23:30 (BST)

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Thank you for registering to attend the UK Government Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) and the World Bank Group co-organised International Conference ‘Inspection Reform: Breaking Down Barriers to Trade and Investment’ conference, 9-11 September, London.

As part of the conference, we are delighted to announce that delegates will be able to choose a business visit from 12 different options in order to get a first-hand experience of the issues, challenges and opportunities faced by a range of businesses and sectors.

The business visits will take place on Thursday 11th September and we will be available to delegates on a ‘first come first served basis’ as capacity is limited. All visits are within 1 hour of central London and are free to attend for delegates. 


1.  Battersea Power station and events venueBattersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station is a decommissioned coal-fired power station located on the south bank of the River Thames.  Now in development to housing and retail, the venue has been used for a range of social events including pop concerts and exhibitions. The visit will explore how an iconic, sensitive venue undergoing building development is used for events combining input from events co-ordinators, safety advisors and constructors who work together with the Local Authority regulatory team to ensure both safety and development combine seamlessly.

Time: 10:30-15:30 (Departure approx. 09:30)  Max number: 20

2.  Billingsgate Fish Market and Waitrose SupermarketBillingsgate Market

The Billingsgate Fish Market, operated by the City of London, is the largest fresh fish market in the UK.  As a sensitive product, food hygiene rules surrounding the handling, processing and storage of fish and shellfish are necessarily strict and inevitably complex. Delegates will have the opportunity to witness first-hand how the market is run to ensure the highest levels of safety are maintained. Following the visit to Billingsgate market delegates will get the opportunity to visit the modern Waitrose supermarket in Canary Wharf and see how the seafood is displayed and discuss the compliance challenges faced by UK retailers.

Time: 06:00-11:30 (Departure approx. 05:15)  Max number: 25


3.  ‘Eat 17’ and briefing from the Association of Convenience Stores NO LONGER AVAILABLE - ALL PLACES NOW FILLEDEat 17

Spar is the largest international food retail chain with 12,000+ stores in 34 countries.  It is the UK’s leading convenience store group, with individual member businesses retaining their independence but enjoying the advantages of belonging to a global brand.  Convenience retail in the UK has adapted to meet strong competition from supermarket retail and home delivery and also regulatory challenges surrounding the sale of alcohol, cigarettes and confectionery.  The Eat 17 store showcases the innovative nature of UK convenience retail. 

Time: 10:30-12:30 (Departure approx. 09:15)  Max number: 10


4.  Grundon Waste Recycling and Incineration PlantGrundon

Grundon has interests in waste management, recycling, green waste treatment and recovery, provision of services to local authorities such as civic amenity sites and developing technological solutions to industrial waste problems. Delegates will have the opportunity to visit the purpose built education centre and hear how UK and EU pollution controls are met, the long term integrated waste management strategy and gain an understanding of the interaction with the local authority and national regulatory inspectors. Delegates will then be invited to tour the new £180 million Lakeside Energy from Waste plant.

Time: 10:30-13:00 (Departure approx. 08:45)  Max number: 15


5.  Harrods Department Store NO LONGER AVAILABLE - ALL PLACES NOW FILLEDHarrods Logo

Based in the heart of London, Harrods is perhaps the most iconic and exclusive department store in the world.  Occupying a site with over one million square feet of selling space in over 330 departments, it is the biggest department store in Europe with 26 different food outlets, selling over 2,500 products and employing over 600 staff on food and beverage alone. Delegates will have the opportunity to witness first-hand how food safety compliance is managed and standards are maintained in such a varied and fast moving environment. Delegates will have access to the store before the official public opening and have a tour of the stores many and varied food premises. 

Time: 08:00-13:00 (Departure approx. 07:30)  Max number: 15


6.  Leatherhead Food Research (LFR)Leatherhead

The LFR was at the centre of resolving the horsemeat scandal; it offers services including food research and analysis, market intelligence, food legislation, business and technical information and training to the UK, EU and Global food businesses. Its membership includes ingredient suppliers, manufacturers, retail and food service businesses and its client base ranges from multinationals to SMEs. Its activities are structured around five main service platforms comprising regulatory services (providing an advisory service spanning over 100 countries), food innovation, sensory and consumers, nutrition and food safety.  The visit will focus on the global regulatory support activities. 

Time: 10:30-13:30 (Departure approx. 08:45)  Max number: 25


7.  London Gateway Deep Water Port Facility  NO LONGER AVAILABLE - ALL PLACES NOW FILLEDDP Water

London Gateway is a new deep water port development on the north bank of the river Thames and will be able to handle the biggest container ships in the world, making London once again a hub for international trade.  It is estimated that the new port will create 27,000 jobs for London and contribute £2.5bn to its economy when fully operational.  Supported by the London Port Health Authority and City of London Corporation, delegates will be given an overview of how the port protects the UK through the provision of import controls, ship sanitation/control, food standards, food safety and water quality, infectious disease control and health education, environmental controls, smoke free legislation and pest control. 

Time: 10:30-12:30 (Departure approx. 09:00)  Max number: 18


8.  Cherwell Valley Motorway Services NO LONGER AVAILABLE - ALL PLACES NOW FILLED                                        moto

MOTO operate motorway service areas at 63 locations and 45 sites. The Cherwell Valley service area at Junction 10 of the M40, near Bicester, Oxfordshire, is one of the busiest in the UK. Delegates will have the opportunity to witness how a large scale, fast moving operation combines the handling, storage and distribution of highly dangerous fuel products and a vast array of food products including freshly prepared meals.

Time: 10:30-12:30 (Departure approx. 09:15)  Max number: 12


9.  Sainsbury’s Superstore and Distribution Centre NO LONGER AVAILABLE - ALL PLACES NOW FILLED                         Sainsbury's

This visit will provide delegates with an insight into how a large scale retail supermarket ensures compliance, food and health safety and customer satisfaction. The visit will explore how compliance with regulatory requirements is met in practice at one of its central London superstores. Following the visit to the superstore delegates will visit a Sainsbury’s distribution center to understand how fast moving retail supply chains operate in the UK. 

Time: 10:30-13:00 (Departure approx. 09:30)  Max number: 15


10.  Smithfield Meat Market                                                                           Smithfield Market

Smithfield is the largest wholesale meat market in the UK and one of the largest of its kind in Europe.  More than 100,000 tonnes of meat and associated products pass through Smithfield each year.  There is an active tenants association and a Market Superintendent employed by the City of London who overseas compliance with regulatory requirements within the market which is approved by the UK Food Standards Agency. The visit will be supported by the UK National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) trade association who have developed a Primary Authority scheme for their members with Horsham Borough Council Environmental Health Department, who will explain how they support the compliance needs of the NFMFT and its members. Delegates will also visit the offices of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) to gain an insight into regulation of the meat processing sector and the support BMPA provides to its members.   

Time: 06:00-10:00 (Departure approx. 05:30)  Max number: 15


11.  Toy Retailer and Importer    RUSSIAN TRANSLATION AVAILABLE FOR THIS VISIT.  NO LONGER AVAILABLE - ALL PLACES NOW FILLED                                                         John Adams

John Adams has been supplying quality crafts, games and toys to retail for over 45 years.  Manufacturing takes place outside the UK with the business specifying the product design and supervision of quality management.  The business works closely with Cambridge County Council Trading Standards under a ‘Primary Authority’ agreement, where advice and guidance is sought early and at all stages of the product design, specification and quality management processes.  The visit will explain the steps involved in bringing new and innovative toy products to market and the support role provided by Trading Standards and how this assists the business to trade lawfully throughout the UK. This visit includes a tour of Cambridge city.

Time: 10:30-16:30 (Departure approx. 08:00)  Max number: 20


 12.  British Hospitality Association (BHA) and British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) followed by visit to central London Public House  RUSSIAN TRANSLATION AVAILABLE FOR THIS VISIT. NO LONGER AVAILABLE - ALL PLACES NOW FILLED

Beer and PubBHA

BHA, incorporating the Restaurant Association of GB is a Trade Association representing the interests of the Hospitality sector – the UK’s 4th largest industry, providing employment for 2.7m people and contributing £53Bn to the UK economy. The BBPA represent around 50,000 public houses and licensed premises, many of which are small independent businesses. The Beer and Pub sector provides employment directly and indirectly for in the region of 1 million people and contributes £22Bn to the UK economy.  Delegates will be given an overview of the sector including a visit to a traditional London public house.

Time:  09:00-13:00 (Departure approx. 08:00)  Max number: 15

Further information on all the business visits can be found here:

Do you have questions about Business Visits - Inspection Reform: Breaking Down Barriers to Trade and Investment? Contact Better Regulation Delivery Office

When & Where

Various locations around London

United Kingdom

Thursday, 11 September 2014 from 00:00 to 23:30 (BST)

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