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Local Food and Brexit - A Roundtable Discussion

Jillian Macbryde and Peter Ball, University of York Management School

Thursday, 28 September 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)

Local Food and Brexit - A Roundtable Discussion

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Local Food and Brexit - a roundtable discussion

When: Thursday 28th September 2017
6.30 pm to 8.30pm, with complimentary hot supper available from 6pm
Where: Ryedale Room, Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ (For sat nav use: HG2 8QZ)

The University of York and Lancaster University management schools are hosting the second roundtable discussion to debate the impact and opportunities that have been created by Brexit to inform policy and research. Hosted on the Great Yorkshire Showground by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, this particular discussion focuses on the views of key business leaders involved in ‘local food systems’, from the farm to the fork to help transform regional policy, and develop a strategy around Brexit.  The workshop will be split into two sessions.


Session 1 – Findings from Interviews with Farmers, Processors & Retailers

Chaired by Professor Peter Ball

This session will present the headline research findings from the University of York and Lancaster University. The two research teams have interviewed farmers, food processors and food retailers in Lancashire, Yorkshire and beyond to capture the concerns and opportunities presented by Britain’s exit from the EU. Initial results were presented in Lancaster earlier this year, this event presents the final results. Areas covered will include what the food supply chain players are challenged with, what opportunities they have been focusing on and what they see the future drivers for change. Attendees will be invited to comment on the findings.

Session 2 – Local Food Supply Chain Resilience: The Brexit effect? 

Chaired by Professor Jill MacBryde

Drawing on the first session research findings, this session opens up a debate on the issues highlighted by the research and those separately emerging. It is an opportunity for attendees to share views, understand challenges in other parts of the supply chain and identify opportunities in the future. The debate is expected to cover different parts of the agricultural and horticultural supply chains on issues such as import/export, regulation, consumer expectations and labour to name a few.


Why attend?

The event is open to all in our food supply chains and, like the Lancaster event, expected to have participation from all stages of the supply chain from farm to retail as well as those that represent them. It will be an opportunity to:

  • Gain insight into what challenges are being faced by which part of the supply chain
  • Gain insight into what opportunities are being realised and how those organisations are creating them
  • Understand how the industry overall is approaching resilience to disruption
  • Meet and network with others in different parts of the food industry
  • Influence the reporting of the results

To find out more please contact the University of York project team:
Peter Ball & Jill MacBryde
07952 427374 & 01904 325846,

Do you have questions about Local Food and Brexit - A Roundtable Discussion? Contact Jillian Macbryde and Peter Ball, University of York Management School

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Ryedale Room, Pavilions of Harrogate
Yorkshire Agricultural Society
Great Yorkshire Showground
HG2 8NZ Harrogate
United Kingdom

Thursday, 28 September 2017 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)

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