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The Food Exchange
Fri 29 September 2017, 09:30 – 16:30 BST
The Food Exchange
If you're looking to start or grow a food business this is the event for you!
Join inspiring retail buyers, entrepreneurs and experts from the food industry for this one day extravaganza.
Types of businesses this event is ideal for: food and drink for retail
How does a Food Exchange work?
Exchange events put in you in touch with large brand buyers looking for products and solutions just like yours. You'll also hear advice from a variety of entrepreneurs who have been there and done it plus experts in topics such as sales, marketing and PR for the food industry.
As an additional and optional opportunity you can bring along one sample item from your business and business cards to display. As there will be 200 attendees at this event there will be limited space available. You may have to share a table and the surface space is on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees, buyers, journalists and bloggers can view your products during the breaks.
Please note Enterprise Nation is not liable for the safety and security of your products.
Get a feel for what our Exchange Events are like by watching this short video from the Beauty Exchange 2016!
Food Exchange full programme
10.00am: Welcome from Enterprise Nation
10.10am: How I got stocked in all the major retailers
Charlie Bigham, founder of Charlie Bigham's, tells the story of starting in business and getting stocked in Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Ocado and more!
10.40am: Meet the buyer: Selfridges
Adrian Boswell, Selfridges fresh food buyer own bought and concessions
11.00am: Coffee break
11.30am: Starting, growing and selling Green and Black’s
Craig Sams co-founded Green & Black's chocolate with his partner Josephine Fairley in 1991, and successfully sold the company to Cadbury in 2005. In this on-stage Q&A, Craig will tell the story of starting, growing and selling a successful business.
12.00pm: How to sell into retail and build a successful brand
Mark Palmer is former marketing director of Pret A Manger and now combines an ongoing board advisory role at Pret with non exec and consultancy work including with Cawston Press soft drinks, Union Hand-Roasted and the Primal Pantry. Mark will talk about how to build a successful brand.
12.30pm: Meet the buyer: Sainsbury's
Kirstin Morris, soft drinks buyer, Sainsbury’s
1.00pm: Lunch break
2.00pm: Build your food business on Facebook and Instagram
2.30pm: Getting seen once you’ve got stocked
Tessa Stuart is author of Packed - The Food Entrepreneur's Guide: How to Get Noticed and How to Be Loved and Flying Off the Shelves: The Food Entrepreneur's Guide to Selling. In this session she will show how your products can get noticed on the shelves once you’ve got stocked.
3.30pm: Go global
Discover how to export your products across the world with help from proven entrepreneurs
4.00pm: Meet the Journalists
A panel of journalists will show how to get your business in the press and build a brand
4.30pm: Event close
"I thought the event was brilliant. Great speakers all the way up to the last of the day and very well chaired. I will definitely be coming to other events." - Sarah Mace, attended the Wellness Exchange, March 2017
This event is sponsored by ICAEW and Direct Line for Business
For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event.
Please note, in the event you are unable to attend this event due to cancellation from yourself or Enterprise Nation, we are unable to refund any associated costs such as hotel or travel.
About Enterprise Nation
Enterprise Nation is a small business network and business support provider with more 70,000 members. Its aim is to help people turn their good ideas into great businesses through expert advice, events, acceleration, networking and inspiring books.