Free

Innovating for the Future: Food & Drink

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

The Growth Hub

Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Longlevens

Oxstalls Lane

Gloucester

GL2 9HW

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description
Join Food & Drink industry experts, sector leaders, and your peers for an evening of networking, discussion and inspiration.

About this Event

What does innovation mean for your business, and how does what you're doing fit into the wider trends and patterns of the food & drink sector as a whole?

Join our expert panel to discuss what innovating for the future looks like, and how you can ensure you're ahead of the pack.

Ask your questions directly to industry pros and sector leaders to get the answers you need to grow your business. The panel will be sharing insights gathered from extensive careers in the food & drink industry across a range of specialisms and senior positions.

The panel will be Chaired by John Taylerson. John has worked at every stage of the food and drink supply chain. Through his experience of starting many successful food and drink companies, and working on a finance programme for scale-up businesses, he will bring his unique understanding of the sector to the table.

Panel members include:

Chris Couzins-Short - Managing Director, Tudor Rose International

With over thirty years’ experience in a mixture of Multi Nationals, the Public Sector and International SMEs, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to the panel. Tudor Rose acts an outsourced export team for many well know Food & Drink companies and regularly exports to over 80 countries.

Dr Louise Neilson - Owner, Twisted Orange

With a PhD in food chemistry, Louise has 30 years experience in the Food & Drink industry from product innovation through to sales and buying from start-up to multi-national companies, so understands the complexities and challenges of business requirements. She is experienced in product and process development, including the operational constraints for product manufacture and complexities to consider.

George Adams - Managing Director, George Estates Ltd

Since 1994 George has invested in private companies in both professional and personal capacities with companies ranging in scale from £1m of sales to £160m. As a non executive director he seeks to add value for the benefit of all stakeholders & relevant recent investments include Rave Coffee (Cirencester) and Marshfield Bakery (Bath).

Peter Burgess - Head of Department, Consumer & Sensory Sciences, Campden BRI Group

With his unique experience of trend forecasting, Peter will bring to the panel an overview of consumer-led product innovation linked to heath eating, ethical living, convenience and culinary creativity. Being able to put your questions directly to him will provide action-oriented insights to enable you to make better business decisions.

Paul Jones MBA - Senior Manager, South West UK Network team British Business Bank

Paul is the SW lead for the UK Network team of the British Business Bank (BBB). The BBB is the UK economic development bank. Its mission is to make finance markets for SME’s work more effectively, enabling growth and build UK economic activity. With an extensive business foundation of 30 years , Paul is a highly regarded coach with a proven track record and an MBA graduate from Warwick.

Chris Price-Jones - Chairman and R&D Director, BIC Innovation Ltd & Scale Up Director, Innovate UK.

Chairman and R&D Director of BIC Innovation Ltd, Chris is also a Scale Up Director for Innovate UK's Scale Up Programme. Chris comes from a practical background of managing the scale up process from project to board level, for blue chip companies such as Boots, Cadbury, Beecham, Callard & Bowser Group and Leaf Group. Chris develops and leads food industry programmes for Welsh Government, such as the NutriWales cluster. He has a deep understanding of the skills and people challenges that scale up brings.

Peter Brown - Business Guide, The Growth Hub

Peter’s specialist strengths are drawn from his 30+ year career holding senior strategic roles across FMCG consumer and industrial brands, plus PL volume manufacturing. As an SME board member, Peter has hands-on experience across finance, business turnaround, distributor acquisition, repositioning sales models, export distribution and e-commerce. Peter is a skilled consultant in NPD, operations and production and QC processes.

Grahame Day - Managing Director, The Gorgeous Food Company

Grahame started The Gorgeous Food Company in the last decade. Supplying a range of fine-food products to delicatessens, farm shops and on-line as a drop-shipper to Amazon, Grahame offers real insight to starting, growing and innovating in food and drink.

You'll also have the chance to network and build connections with fellow attendees, learn more about the fully-funded support on offer via The Growth Hub, and discuss funding options with a range of providers.

Agenda

17.30 Arrival, Light Refreshments & Networking

18.00 Expert Panel Q&A

19.15 Networking

19.45 Close

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

The Growth Hub

Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Longlevens

Oxstalls Lane

Gloucester

GL2 9HW

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved